Crystal Palace are preparing for one of their toughest tests of the season as they travel to face 4-time Premier League champions Manchester City tonight.
Roy Hodgson’s side shared the spoils with Arsenal at the Emirates last time out and they will be hoping that they can carry their momentum into the Premier League clash with the Citizens at the Etihad on Sunday night.
However, Hodgson will be well aware it will be no easy task, as Pep Guardiola’s side have been in brilliant form since the start of the year – having won their past four games across all competitions this season, including a 2-0 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The Eagles returned to Premier League action on Thursday, recording their first clean sheet in the top flight as they drew with Mikel Arteta’s side at the Emirates.
Now they face another tough test against Guardiola’s side, with Palace making the trip to the Etihad on Sunday evening.
Hodgson has no new injury concerns to contend with ahead of today’s clash with City, but this game may come too soon for Gary Cahill, who has worked his way back to fitness.
The Palace boss has called upon the services of Vicente Guaita for every single game in the Premier League this season with the veteran Spaniard continuing to keep Jack Butland out of the side.
Also back are fullbacks Nathaniel Clyne and Patrick van Aanholt, with Joel Ward and Tyrick Mitchell dropping to the bench.
In the midfield Jairo Riedewald will probably come back into the side after being rested on Thursday to start alongside Luka Milivojevic, with Andros Townsend keeping his place on the right in the absence of Jeffrey Schlupp.
This means Eberechi Eze will be free to roam the left-hand side of the pitch, with Wilfried Zaha the focal point in attack.
Christian Benteke was a constant thorn in Arteta’s side and he will hope to extend his recent run of form too.
AND in other news, Crystal Palace still want to sign Ismaila Sarr despite Watford demands…