Match Preview

Premier League
Premier League
Saturday 1 May 2021
Kickoff at 12:30 BST
Selhurst Park, Holmesdale Rd Selhurst, London SE25 6PU
UK - BT Sport
UK Radio - talkSPORT
Live text, audio and stats at mancity.com
Everything you need to know ahead of our Premier League clash against Crystal Palace.

WHEN AND WHERE

City return to Premier League action to take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday 1 May at 12:30 (UK).

Supporters in the UK can watch the game live on BT Sport 1 and the BT Sport App, whilst fans from abroad can check out how they can tune in via the TV listings at the foot of the page courtesy of livesoccertv.com.

If you are unable to watch the game you can follow minute-by-minute updates through our Matchday Centre on ManCity.com and the Man City App.

A full-match replay will also be available to watch at midnight following the game on City+.

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WE'RE NOT REALLY HERE

Former City goalkeeper, David James will be the special guest for this week's We're Not Really Here show.

James will join presenter, Natalie Pike to bring you a City-focused approach to your matchday coverage.

The show will begin 65 minutes before kick-off at 11:25 (UK), returning at both half-time and full-time, and is available to watch on on ManCity.com and the Man City App.

Pep guardiola preview

"Always, Crystal Palace was so difficult for us.

"I don’t remember an easy game when we play against them, it’s all we can do.

"Let me try to win at Crystal Palace, we need five points (to win the Premier League).

"Tomorrow we have an incredible opportunity to make that step.

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"All we can do now is recover from Paris - it’s our sixth game in a row away. We are tired in many aspects.

"We are focused in what we have to do to make a decisive and important victory.

"It is Crystal Palace, Roy Hodgson's team. Every time we faced them we had a lot of problems to win the game."

TEAM NEWS

City make eight changes for today’s Premier League trip to tackle Crystal Palace.

Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus and Nathan Ake are amongst those making a return to action as Pep Guardiola rotates once more with the games continuing to come thick and fast.

It’s Aguero’s first start since our league win at Leicester early last month.

Alongside Aguero, Ake and Jesus, also returning to the starting eleven are Ayermic Laporte, Benjamin Mendy, skipper Fernandinho, Raheem Sterling and Ferran Torres.

Goalkeeper Ederson, defender Joao Cancelo and midfielder Rodrigo are the trio to retain their places from the side that secured a superb 2-1 win at Paris Saint-Germain in last Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final.

CRYSTAL PALACE: Guaita (GK), Ward, Kouyaté, Dann, Mitchell, Riedewald, Milivojevic, Zaha, Eze, Townsend, Benteke.

SUBS: Butland (GK), Van Aanholt, Ayew, Mateta, Schlupp, McCarthy, Batshuayi, Cahill, Kelly.

CITY: Ederson, Cancelo, Laporte, Ake, Mendy, Fernandinho ©, Rodrigo, Sterling, Torres, Aguero, Jesus

SUBS: Steffen, Walker, Dias, Gundogan, Zinchenko, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Mahrez, Foden

FORM GUIDE

City head into the game having won four of our last five Premier League games, leaving us 10 points clear of second place, Manchester United at the top of the Premier League table.

Guardiola's side require just two more wins to clinch a third league title in four years, however victory over Palace and defeat for United against Liverpool could see us crowned champions this Sunday.

The hosts come into the clash having won just one of their last seven, including a 2-1 defeat away to Leicester City in their most recent outing.

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LAST MEETING

Guardiola's side ran out winners in the reverse fixture after defeating the Eagles 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

John Stones opened the scoring 25 minutes in to give City a deserved lead at the half-time interval. 

10 minutes into the second half Ilkay Gundogan doubled our advantage, before Stones grabbed his second, and City's third to move Guardiola's team out of sight.

Raheem Sterling added a fourth with a minute of normal time remaining, to cap off a superb performance at the Etihad Stadium.

WATCH: City 4-0 Crystal Palace: Extended highlights

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