City v Palace: Need to Know preview
- 15 January 2016 15:22
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
A one stop shop for information about Saturday's game against Alan Pardew's Crystal Palace.
Need to know
Match: City (3rd) v Crystal Palace (8th)
Competition: Premier League
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Date and time: Saturday 16 January, 3pm GMT
Referee: Jonathan Moss
City wins: 26
Crystal Palace wins: 15
Form (Premier League)
Crystal Palace: WDDLWL
Manuel Pellegrini: “Every game is different, we had a very difficult game against Palace in London winning in the very last minute. We were in a very good moment at the start of the season, scoring a lot of goals. It was a close game, maybe here in the cup was a bit easier but we don’t think tomorrow will be easy at all."
Raheem Sterling: “They play with freedom and you can never really tell what they’re going to do as a team because on their day they’re good enough to beat most teams in the Premier League.”
Fabian Delph: “Palace are a good team with some very athletic players so we’ll be in for a tough afternoon, but with the quality we have here, I don’t think any poses a threat to us at home. We can eliminate their strengths and then use our own strengths to win the game.”
Alan Pardew: "We want to keep upsetting the odds, and this would be upsetting the odds if we could beat City."
Martin Kelly: "Playing City away is a really difficult fixture but we’ll go there with our game plan and be determined to get a result. It’s ninety minutes, and with the character and commitment of the lads we’ve proved we can beat anyone on our day.”
Out (City): Nasri, Kompany, Bony, Mangala, Fernandinho, Roberts
Out (Crystal Palace): Gayle, Bolasie, Wickham