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Premier League champions look to close gap to Arsenal as Erling Haaland eyes unique Emmanuel Adebayor record to pile misery on goal-shy Eagles

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Mar 10, 2023
Premier League champions look to close gap to Arsenal as Erling Haaland eyes unique Emmanuel Adebayor record to pile misery on goal-shy Eagles


Manchester City will look to ramp up the pressure on Premier League leaders Arsenal when they face Crystal Palace this weekend.

The Citizens have won four of their last five top-flight matches and have the chance to cut the gap to just two points with another win.

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Man City are enjoying a rich vein of form as they chase down Arsenal

Pep Guardiola’s side travel to London to battle Palace before Arsenal are in action against Fulham so can ill-afford a slip up in the title race.

Palace are on a 10-game winless run that has included four defeats and are still waiting on their first victory of 2023.

The Eagles haven’t enjoyed a home win over City since 2015 and suffered a 4-2 loss in August’s reverse meeting where Erling Haaland netted his first Premier League hat-trick.

Crystal Palace v Man City: Date and how to follow

The Premier League clash will take place on Saturday, February 11.

The match at the Vitality Stadium will kick off at 5:30pm.

This match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League with live coverage starting from 5pm.

Sky Sports customers can live stream this via the app using their mobile, tablet or computer devices.

If not, you can purchase a Sky Sports Day Pass from NowTV for £9.99.

Updates will also be live on talkSPORT throughout the evening while talkSPORT.com will be on hand for all the best post-match reaction.

To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream.

You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.


Zaha is back from injury to lead the line for Palace

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Zaha is back from injury to lead the line for Palace

Crystal Palace v Man City: Team news

The hosts will be without Cheick Doucoure following his red card in the 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace last time out.

Palace already have several injury concerns to contend with, as both Sam Johnstone and Nathan Ferguson remain in the treatment room.

As for City, Kyle Walker is facing an investigation by Cheshire Police after he was alleged to have exposed himself in a bar but as things stand, he is fit to start.

Guardiola otherwise has no other issues to contend with, as both John Stones and Aymeric Laporte have returned from injury.

City are yet to make a comment following the allegations against Walker

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City are yet to make a comment following the allegations against Walker

Crystal Palace v Man City: What has been said?

talkSPORT co-host and former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan gave his views on Walker following the allegations levied at him.

“This sort of behaviour is unnecessary,” he said. “If you’re exposing yourself in public, you are breaking the law.

“This sort of behaviour, to me, is silly and it’s childish. At 32 years of age you’d like to think someone would know better than to behave that way in public, or even in private.

“But I don’t look at it and say it’s a cardinal sin and he should be flogged and punished, because he’s only hurting himself more.

“The fact is he is a tremendous footballer and I thought he behaved very well at the World Cup in terms of the way he engaged with the media and the sentiments he put out. I was quite impressed with him.

“I’ve always had in the back of my mind that he’s a bit of a wally, but I thought he was very professional.

“But you see this stuff and you think ‘why would you want to behave in that fashion?’”

Crystal Palace v Man City: Match facts

  • Bernardo Silva has scored in his last two Premier League games for Man City – only once has he scored in more consecutive top-flight matches, doing so in four in a row with Monaco in April/May 2015.
  • Man City’s Phil Foden is looking to score in three consecutive Premier League games, previously doing so in June/July 2020, and September/October this season. He’s scored nine times in the competition so far this term and could reach double figures for the very first time.
  • Erling Haaland scored his first Premier League hat-trick in the reverse fixture against Crystal Palace, as Man City came from 2-0 down at half-time to win 4-2. Only Emmanuel Adebayor against Derby County in 2007-08 has ever scored two hat-tricks against an opponent in the same Premier League season.
  • No team has conceded fewer goals from set piece situations in the Premier League this season than Crystal Palace (5, including penalties), while the Eagles have netted a league-high share 43% of their goals from set pieces this term (9/21).
  • Crystal Palace have failed to register a single shot on target in more different Premier League games than any other side this season (4). They’ve not managed one in their last two matches, with no Premier League side on record failing to do so in three consecutive games before (since 2003-04).
  • Crystal Palace’s last four home league games have all been drawn. The Eagles last drew five straight home league matches in March 2000 in the second tier, while the last team to do so in the Premier League were Burnley in March 2021.
  • Though they’re unbeaten in their last three away league games, Man City have already dropped more points in away Premier League games this season (15) than they did in the whole of 2021-22 (11).
  • Crystal Palace are winless in nine Premier League games (D5 L4), the longest ongoing run among sides currently in the competition. Indeed, no side has fewer Premier League points in 2023 than the Eagles (5, level with Bournemouth).
  • Each of Man City’s last nine goals against Crystal Palace in the Premier League have come in the second half of games, with the Citizens failing to score in the opening 45 minutes in each of their last four against the Eagles.
  • Crystal Palace are winless in their last seven Premier League home games against Manchester City (D2 L5), since a 2-1 win in April 2015. They’ve failed to score in five of these seven games, including each of the last three.

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