|English Premier League 2014-15|
| Crystal Palace
||vs|| Manchester City
ScheduleMonday, 6 April 2015 at 19:00 GMT / 20:00 UK / 00:30 IST
VenueSelhurst Park (London)
Next Monday, 6th of April 2015, a Manchester City in need of points will travel to Selhurst Park to measure forces with Crystal Palace for round 31 of the English Premier League.
The festive period did not bring any tasty Easter Egg for Manchester City, who saw both Chelsea and all their closest contenders win their respective matches over the weekend. Such results will force the current EPL champions to win their next Monday’s clash at Selhurst Park against a particularly complicated and unpredictable side such as the Eagles.
The Citizens have been proving to be an extremely inconsistent team so far this season and there are some pundits and supporters who blame the team’s manager, Manuel Pellegrini, for such a poor overall performance.
Manchester City lost three of the last five official matches they took part in last month and found themselves out of the UEFA Champions League at the hands of their usual executioners, Barcelona. The team’s recent performances have been particularly poor and, with the exception of their home matches against West Brom and Leicester, they have conceded at least one goal in four of their last six clashes.
Manuel Pellegrini will need to rally his troops and present some solid and quality performances for the remaining matches of the current season if he still wants to secure the second or the third place of table, something that would allow the team to take part in the UEFA Champions League next term.
As for Crystal Palace, it is fair to say that they have been a fairly different team after the arrival of Alan Pardew. The former Newcastle boss offered the Eagles the peace of mind they and been looking for and catapulted them to a more respectable position on the league table.
On EPL’s last round, the Eagles snatched a very important win at Stoke and secured their second win in a row after their triumph over QPR at Selhurst Park one week before.
Despite Crystal Palace's recent good moment, Manchester City are favourites to win next Monday’s fixture, but they will certainly need to dig deep in order to achieve that.
Stats: W-3 L-2 D-0
Recent Form - WWLWL
Stats: W-2 L-3 D-0
Recent Form - WLLWL
Crystal Palace (4-2-3-1) - Speroni - Ward - Dann - Delaney - Souare - McArthur - Ledley - Zaha - Puncheon - Bolasie - Murray
Manchester City (4-4-2) – Hart - Zabaleta - Mangala - Kompany - Kolarov - Touré - Fernando - Nasri - Silva - Aguero - Bony
Jordon Mutch (inj)
Fraizer Campbell (inj)
Mile Jedinak (sus)
James Milner (inj)
|20.12.14||PRE||Manchester City||Crystal Palace||3 : 0|
|27.04.14||PRE||Crystal Palace||Manchester City||0 : 2|
|28.12.13||PRE||Manchester City||Crystal Palace||1 : 0|
|27.08.09||CAP||Crystal Palace||Manchester City||0 : 2|
|15.01.05||PRE||Manchester City||Crystal Palace||3 : 1|
Crystal Palace 1 Manchester City 1
Crystal Palace 1 Manchester City 2