After making eight changes for the midweek 1-2 victory over West Brom, Pep Guardiola will be expected to bring his main fire power back out on display for the game against Palace with Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva expected to start.
“It’s an equal challenge without a shadow of a doubt, but the difference is when I came in to Fulham there were 18 games to play”, he added. But, we are going for a 4-0 home win as our prediction in this game, and you can back our tip at the best odds of 10/1 at Betfair. “For a long time he was the England team’s national coach, so that’s good”.
City received an injury boost as tests showed German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan hadn’t suffered serious damage to his left knee after limping off at the Hawthorns on his first start in nine months.
“He didn’t make a good pre-season, he was not good in those games and he didn’t deserve to play”, he said.
He has made a promising start to life in the Premier League and is delighted to have the chance to work with the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss. Truthfully, they already look incredibly panicked after only five games of the current campaign, which has led many to claim they already look like a Championship side with the way they are playing.
Pep Guardiola: “In the Premier League every team can beat the other one”.
Predicted Crystal Palace XI: Hennessey, Ward, Dann, Sakho, Schlupp, Milivojevic, Townsend, Cabaye, Loftus-Cheek, Puncheon, Benteke. They have to know they can lose the game.
City striker Sergio Aguero will go into the game just two goals short of equalling the club’s all-time scoring record of 177.
City did not need their talisman to repeat last weekend’s hat-trick at Watford anyway with with Sane and Sterling in such scintillating form.
“You don’t fix the damage we’ve suffered overnight”, he said.
Our match prediction is 3-0 Manchester City Win.
The France global was signed from the Ligue 1 champions for a fee of £52m in July, making him the world’s most expensive defender.