Manchester City vs Crystal Palace
Premier League, Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 3:00pm (Etihad Stadium)
Free Premier League Pick Crystal Palace vs Manchester City
Defending Champions Manchester City welcome Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace as the Cityzens look to maintain pressure on leaders Liverpool who fended off Wolves in a Friday Night Kickoff. City lost to Chelsea a couple of weeks earlier but drew appreciation from Jurgen Klopp who described the Manchester’s Blue half as next to invincible.
Pep Guardiola was quick in playing down the description but insisted that they would be doing their best in keeping the title race wide open. The Eagles who currently perch 15th in the league would be in a bad way if they lose this match to the Champions. Pep believes that Crystal Palace do have the quality to create problems for any team given that Townsend, Zaha and Max Meyer are in their ranks.
Roy Hodgson’s side managed to keep the scores deadlocked on the last New Year’s Day and would be desperate to replicate that performance bar their penalty miss. A strong defensive line coupled with a good counter attack could do the trick for the Eagles.
Pep would be looking to add De Bruyne back in the ranks and David Silva might have to sit out due to injury. Sterling would be looking to start alongside Aguero , and the winger has drawn rave reviews from the manager with context to the racism incident he was subjected to.
Whatever happens City would have to settle for a Second Place in the table come the Christmas. Though they would be drawing heart from the fact that out of the Last Seven Leaders on the Christmas Day only Liverpool were the side who did not go on to lift the trophy in May.