Palace duo target revenge at Selhurst Park
- 27 April 2014 07:01
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
Anfield and Selhurst Park take centre stage this afternoon as the Barclays Premier League title race tip-toes towards end game.
The 2pm kick-off in Merseyside dominates most of the headlines you’re waking up to this morning but City’s must-win clash against Crystal Palace also features.
Palace defender Joel Ward has spoken to his club’s official website and has emphasised his belief that the Eagles should have taken at least a point from the game at the Etihad earlier in the season.
“I think in the first game at their place we were unfortunate maybe not to come away with at least a point really,” Ward said.
“We had a few good chances late on, but if we can prepare like we have in any other game and make sure we look after ourselves and prepare right, at the end of the day it’s 11 against 11 on the pitch and anything can happen.
"“We want to continue our form right until the end of the season.”
Ward’s teammate Yannick Bolasie was one of the best players on the pitch before he was substituted at the Etihad in December.
He also vows that Palace aren’t “on the beach” like so many teams to have achieved safety with games left before them.
“Man City is going to be another big challenge but it could be tough for them at Selhurst,” the Congolese winger stated.
“I wouldn't say the pressure is off because the gaffer is relentless - he won't let anyone take their foot off the gas.
“We have won five games in a row and want to continue the run.
“It will be good to take another big scalp.”
Of course you can follow all of the action from South London live here on the website via our Match Day Centre, or via Twitter if you’re on the move.
Looking slightly further ahead, City’s reported hopes of landing Argentine forward Angel Correa are in jeopardy, according to this morning’s Daily Star.
“San Lorenzo's exciting talent has been likened to City superstar and countryman Sergio Aguero,” Paul Hetherington writes.
“But City's hopes of a deal for Correa, 19, are being seriously threatened by Chelsea's Champions League opponents this week - Atletico Madrid.
“The Spanish club are working on an GBP8million bid and a five-year contract for Correa and are hopeful of a deal.”
There’s more transfer speculation in the Manchester Evening News, with Oliver Todd writing that City were scouting at the Europa League semi-final first-leg at the Stadium of Light in Lisbon on Thursday night.
Todd thinks that scouts from the club were watching Benfica v Juventus with keen eyes trained on Andre Gomes, Oscar Cardozo and Stephan Lichtsteiner with the summer transfer window in mind.
“Gomes and Cardozo's Benfica side beat Lichtsteiner's Juventus 2-1 with City's scouting team checking out their potential summer recruits from the stand,” Todd asserted.
“Gomes, the 6ft2in defensive midfielder who has been watched by City throughout this season, did well to help stop Juventus' strong midfield, including Andrea Pirlo and Paul Pogba, from taking over the Europa League semi-final first leg."
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“City's men may not have been as impressed by Cardozo who was ineffective and toiled up front for long periods.
“Stephan Lichtsteiner has drawn interest from City in the past and starred at right-back, a position Blues may be seeking to strengthen this summer.”
“Benfica winger Salvio missed out on his chance to impress with a broken arm.”
As ever, all confirmed transfer stories will be here on mcfc.co.uk first this summer when the deals are done.