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Man City v Crystal Palace

City of Manchester Stadium
Saturday, 15 January
Kick-off: 1500 GMT


Manchester City's Nicolas Anelka is missing, and will have a scan soon to discover the extent of his injury.

Robbie Fowler missed the defeat at Oldham due to a family bereavement, but should replace Bradley Wright-Phillips

Crystal Palace will be without Danny Granville and Michael Hughes, who are both suspended after five cautions.

Gonzalo Sorondo should be in contention after a hamstring problem, but Aki Riihilahti (calf) and Joonas Kolkka (ribs) are still out.


Man City (from): James, Waterreus, Onuoha, Distin, Sommeil, Thatcher, Dunne, Bosvelt, S Wright-Phillips, Barton, Sibierski, Fowler, McManaman, Macken, B Wright-Phillips.

Crystal Palace (from): Kiraly, Speroni, Boyce, Hall, Butterfield, Popovic, Leigertwood, Sorondo, Routledge, Powell, Soares, Torghelle, Andrews, Watson, Lakis, Johnson, Shipperley, Freedman.


MANCHESTER CITY get their first opportunity to make amends, at least in part, for last Saturday's defeat by neighbours Oldham in the FA Cup. The visit of Crystal Palace provides an opportunity to record back-to-back Premiership wins at Eastlands for the first time this season. Defeat could see them fall five places in the table.

City are debatably the least resilient club in the top flight. Like Newcastle, they've lost all seven games in which they've conceded the opening goal, but unlike Newcastle they've not picked up a single point from a game in which they have been behind.

Three of the previous five Premiership matches between these clubs were drawn, but not this season's reverse fixture in September, which City won 1-2, thanks to a brace from Nicolas Anelka. It was City's first away points of the season and lifted the mounting pressure on manager Kevin Keegan. It gives the Citizens the chance of a first Premiership 'double' over the Eagles and fifth in all. They last recorded home and away victories over the Londoners in the 1984/85 season.

CRYSTAL PALACE were also dumped out of the FA Cup last weekend, away to Championship promotion contenders Sunderland. The Eagles ended a 10-match winless League run with a 2-0 home victory over Aston Villa in their last Premiership game. It lifted them out of the bottom three, two points above the relegation zone, but they will need to complete successive League wins for the first time since the end of October in order to guarantee they stay above the survival line.

Palace have lost 12 Premiership matches so far - only Fulham can match that. Should they draw at the City of Manchester Stadium, it would take the number of points accrued from top flight football to exactly 500.

Palace are yet to win a Premiership match on Manchester City turf. It's over 14 years since the Londoners last returned from Maine Road with three points. They won 0-2 on 22 December 1990.



Andre Marriner (West Midlands)




Club stats
9th 28 points
Highest achievable after Saturday's games: 8th
Lowest could fall: 14th

Won one of the last five League and Cup matches.
Lost one of the last four Premiership matches.
A defeat here would be City's 50th League loss under Kevin Keegan.
Turned around at half time behind only twice in top tier encounters this term (v Birmingham a, Arsenal h). Both games were lost.
Completed 26 matches at the highest League level, since last lost by more than a single goal.

Played 150 home games all time in the Premiership, which have resulted in 50 wins, 50 draws and 50 defeats.
Won nine of the 30 League games staged at Eastlands.

Club stats
17th 18 points
Highest achievable after Saturday's games: 17th
Lowest could fall: 19th

One of four clubs to hold a 100% record of winning matches in which leading at half time. This has happened on three occasions (v West Brom h, Birmingham a and Aston Villa h).

Not won in seven away games in all competitions - five in the Premiership.
Recorded only one away League win so far (0-1 at Birmingham on 30 October).
Drawn two and lost three in the top division since the victory at St Andrews.
Conceded 22 goals on their Premiership travels. Only West Brom have shipped more (24).
Kept only one clean sheet in top tier games away from home. West Brom are the only club without any.
Failed to score only once in Premiership matches away from Selhurst Park (at Bolton). Arsenal are the only other club to have missed the target in one away League game.




Squad profiles

Sun JIHAI formerly played for Crystal Palace.
Robbie FOWLER is a hat trick short of 150 career League goals.
If he participates from the outset, keeper David JAMES will be making his 500th career League start.

Squad profiles

Andy JOHNSON is second in the race for the Barclays Golden Boot. He has 13 goals, three behind Thierry HENRY.
JOHNSON lies third in the scorers list for Premiership players with 13 League and Cup goals for Palace, seven behind HENRY and two short of Jermaine DEFOE of Tottenham.
JOHNSON is within two of Chris Armstrong's seasonal Premiership record for Palace of 15, set in 1992/93.
If selected in the eleven, Dougie FREEDMAN will be making his 100th League start for the Eagles.
Michael HUGHES started his professional career with Manchester City.
Suspended: Danny GRANVILLE, Michael HUGHES


Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester City
18 September 2004 - Ref: Martin Atkinson
Palace scorer: Johnson 77 pen
Man City scorers: Anelka 55, 64 pen


League: Man City 17 wins, Palace 12, Draws 12
Prem: Man City 1 win, Palace 1, Draws 3

HEAD TO HEAD at Man City
League: Man City 9 wins, Palace 5, Draws 6
Prem: Man City 0 wins, Palace 0, Draws 2

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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Easy and City don't mix unless we're playing United. I think it will be a 1-1 draw.

Johnson for you and SWP for us.

We stand no chance of beating you as you're capable of coming back from a goal behind, which always happens with city. If we get two goals maybe we;ll win.

~ The Green ;)ne
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