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Silva returns as City field attacking line-up

MAGIC SHOW: City's magician returns...

MAGIC SHOW: City's magician returns...

David Silva has overcome the injury sustained against Arsenal last month and returns to the starting line-up against Crystal Palace this afternoon.

The Blues’ playmaker limped off against the Gunners in the FA Cup semi-final and missed the Premier League draws with Manchester United and Middlesbrough as a result – today will be his 200th Premier League start.

Gabriel Jesus will lead the line for the Blues in Sergio Aguero’s absence as the exciting front trio of Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Jesus reunite.

Team:

Starting XI: Caballero, Kompany, Otamendi, Clichy, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure, Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling, Sane, G Jesus

Subs: Gunn, Zabaleta, Navas, Kolarov, Iheanacho, Fernando, Sagna

READY TO GO: Gabriel Jesus

Formation:

It looks like a 3-4-3 on paper with Gael Clichy joining Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi in a back three.

Flanking the defence should be Sterling and Sane with Fernandinho and Yaya Toure the holding midfielders.

Kevin De Bruyne and Silva are likely to be given a licence to roam behind Gabriel Jesus.

However, but it could also be a 4-1-4-1 with Fernandinho dropping in at right-back! We’ll know more when the game begins…

ATTACK MINDED: Raheem and KDB

Top four battle

The Blues know exactly what is needed to guarantee Champions League qualification – four wins from the final four games.

Should City beat Palace, Leicester, West Brom and Watford, neither Arsenal or Manchester United would be able to overhaul the Blues’ points total.

Third spot can also be achieved if City can end the campaign with a better goal difference than Liverpool who are currently three points ahead with a better

Crystal Palace starting XI

Media Watch

Media watch: Roberts hoping for City return

ROBERTS: City's winger faced his parent club in the Champions League in December 2016

Manchester City face Crystal Palace this afternoon as they look to secure Champions League football for next season but most of the headlines are already looking ahead to the next campaign.

Patrick Roberts has spent the last season and a half on loan with Celtic and could be set to win the treble when the Hoops face Aberdeen in the Scottish cup final at the end of the month.

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Kompany: Pep is setting City up for bright future

SKIP: Vincent Kompany looks relaxed

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany believes he and his teammates could be on the verge of something special if they are prepared to take responsibility for their mistakes throughout this season.

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany previews City v Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

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Gallery: Fun in the sun for Pep's City