Pep Guardiola’s side beat desolate rivals United 4-1 in the Manchester derby last weekend, with a brace each from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez keeping control of the now intriguing title race after Liverpool came back within three points with a hard-fought one. win against West Ham the day before.
Liverpool kick off early on Saturday this weekend and could close that gap again with a trip to Brighton tomorrow lunchtime.
City’s winning run ended with a Champions League draw against Sporting CP in midweek, but they had already all but sealed their place in the quarter-finals with a 5-0 thrashing in Lisbon last month.
Looking to deal a blow to their hopes of retaining the title, a Palace side continue to make impressive progress under Patrick Vieira, briefly dropping to 10th place with a fine win at Wolves last time out which saw Jean-Philippe Mateta and Wilfried Zaha net during a superb first half at Molineux.
The Eagles also know what it takes to beat City, having triumphed 2-0 at the Etihad in October thanks to goals from Zaha and Conor Gallagher.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Crystal Palace vs Manchester City is scheduled to kick off at 8pm GMT on Monday 14th March 2022.
The match will take place at Selhurst Park.
Where to watch Crystal Palace v Man City
TV channel: In the UK, Monday night’s game will be shown live on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event, with coverage starting at 7pm.
Direct: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the Sky Go app.
Live: You can also follow every kick with Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog.
Crystal Palace vs Man City Team News
Crystal Palace could be boosted by the return of experienced defender Joel Ward, who will face a late fitness test after returning to training with a groin injury.
However, fellow right-back Nathan Ferguson remains out with a hamstring problem, while James McArthur is still struggling with a knock.
For City, centre-back Ruben Dias is out permanently with a hamstring injury, while Guardiola told Friday’s press conference he was not yet sure who will be available on Monday night.
Joao Cancelo could return from illness, while Nathan Ake, Cole Palmer and Zack Steffen were injured recently. Kyle Walker is available after being suspended in Europe midweek.
“We have a small problem because we don’t have many players available,” Guardiola said on Friday. “I hope that some will come back at the end of the week. Today we trained, the guys celebrated qualifying for the quarter-finals.
“Tomorrow is rest and then we prepare for the game in London. Seeing the run of Crystal Palace at the moment, a defeat in the last eight games, the quality they have, especially in attack with Zaha , when defending deep, they are hard to break.
“Selhurst Park is always a difficult place to visit. It’s a final for us and we know it. I hope we can prepare well to face a good opponent.
Crystal Palace vs Man City Prediction
This has the potential to be a really interesting watch on Monday Night Football.
City are usually overwhelming favorites for every game they come in, but Palace are a vastly improved attacking side under Vieira and a joy to watch with Zaha and Michael Olise on the rise.
The Etihad upset of October will still be fresh in the memory of the visitors, but they know they can ill afford any more slip-ups of this ilk with Liverpool pushing hard.
Man City win, 3-1.
Head-to-head history and results (h2h)
Crystal Palace wins: 17
Man City win: 35