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City v Palace: Need to Know preview

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

Last time: City 3-0 Crystal Palace, Saturday 20 December 2014

Head-to-Head

Matches: 53

City wins: 26

Draws: 12

Crystal Palace wins: 15

Form (Premier League)

City: WLWDWD

Crystal Palace: WDDLWL

Tickets: Available

Key quotes

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.”

Team news

Out (City): Nasri, Kompany, Bony, Mangala, Fernandinho, Roberts

Out (Crystal Palace): Gayle, Bolasie, Wickham

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