Crystal Palace face a difficult clash tonight at Selhurst Park with Premier League champions, Manchester City.
However, Patrick Vieira will be hoping that confidence is high in his squad following their most recent victory against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The Eagles will have the extra boost of confidence playing in front of their home fans against Pep Guardiola’s side, and have already beaten the top of the table team this season at the Etihad, so there is nothing stopping Palace from causing a title race upset for the Manchester club who cannot afford to drop points.
A win for Vieira and his team this evening would put them in the position to leapfrog Southampton into the top half of the table, and the French manager will be working hard to climb the Premier League table to prove his worth in his first season in charge at the club.
Though, the Eagles have been delivered an injury blow as key midfielder, James McArthur, is still out injured with a knock ahead of the Manchester City clash. Football.London journalist Mark Wyatt relayed the update following Vieira’s press conference last Thursday afternoon.
The 34-year-old missed the 2-0 victory over Wolves and will now miss out on a chance to be part of the team tonight, and will be a big loss considering he played an integral part in the victory at the Etihad Stadium back in October.
McArthur gained a 7.2 rating against Manchester City according to SofaScore, and made a huge impact on the defensive approaches to the game with four clearances, two blocked shots, three tackles, and a pass accuracy of 92%, proving further that his presence in midfield could be a big miss for the Eagles this evening in the tough game.
The Palace manager will be hoping he will be able to rely on his other midfielders to provide a similar performance to secure their eighth win of the season and continue their run of good form ahead of the final months of the season.
A win over Pep’s flawless side could inspire even more confidence in the team in their pursuit for a comfortable top-half finish.
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