August 2, 2021

LIVE: Manchester City vs Crystal Palace

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SUBS: Nathaniel Clyne, Jack Butland, Michy Batshuayi, Patrick van Aanholt, Christian Benteke, Scott Dann, Jairo Riedewald.

CRYSTAL PALACE (4-4-2): Vicente Guaita; Joel Ward, James Tomkins, Gary Cahill, Tyrick Mitchell; James McArthur, James McCarthy, Luka Milivojevic, Eberechi Eze; Andros Townsend, Jordan Ayew.

SUBS: Zack Steffen, Ferran Torres, Rodrigo, Tommy Doyle, Benjamin Mendy, Liam Delap, Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, Joao Cancelo.

MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3): Ederson; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Ruben Dias, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Kevin De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Ilkay Gundogan; Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo Silva.

Guardiola is still without injured defenders Nathan Ake and Aymeric Laporte, but Ruben Dias and John Stones’ partnership has been formidable. City have kept three clean sheets in their last four games, and that could bode well, with Palace scoring just one goal in their previous three in the Premier League.

After Liverpool’s draw with Manchester United, City will be hoping to cut the gap between themselves and league-leaders United. Pep Guardiola’s side have won four of their last five at home, but they will be well aware of the threat Palace can pose. The Eagles have not lost on their previous two trips to the Etihad Stadium, drawing one and winning the other.

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Premier League meeting between Manchester City and Crystal Palace. The Citizens are unbeaten in their last 14 matches in all competitions, while Palace have not lost in their previous three.