Manchester City-Crystal Palace Preview: Gaining Ground

Manchester City will have an opportunity to catch at least one of Liverpool and Man United, who face off on Sunday.

Manchester City face Crystal Palace at home with a real chance to get even closer to the league leaders and truly put their name into the title race. With much of the focus on the renewed rivalry at the top of the table between Liverpool and Man United, City can pull closer to at least one of the two if they can grab three points at home against Palace.

The South London outfit are fresh off a point against Arsenal in their last match, and currently sit 13th in the Premier League table. City have been in excellent form as of late, and will be heavily favored to continue their run in the midst of some comfortable fixtures. Nevertheless, the expectation will be fully upon the home side to grab all three points, while Palace will once again look to stifle Big Six opposition for the second straight week and get a result.

Other than a few results, since the start of December, Pep Guardiola’s team has done a good job of getting results against lesser opposition. That must continue on Sunday, especially with so much on the line as the top two face each other.

City will still have a game in hand following tomorrow’s round of fixtures, but in the event of a Liverpool victory at Anfield, they would be just one point behind the joint leaders with the chance to open a two-point advantage once that extra game is played.

Predicted XI: Ederson (GK), Kyle Walker (RB), Rúben Dias (CB), John Stones (CB), João Cancelo (LB), Rodri (CDM), İlkay Gündoğan (CDM), Bernardo Silva (CAM), Raheem Sterling (RW), Kevin De Bruyne (CF), Phil Foden (LW)