Manchester City will entertain Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday night as they look to win and close the gap to Manchester United and Liverpool at the top of the Premier League standings. The Mancunian giants are currently enjoying a solid run of form in domestic competitions as they have won three successive matches without conceding a goal, which will keep their confidence high heading into this weekend.
Pep Guardiola will once again set his team up in a 4-3-3 formation and could make a few changes to his frontline for this game. Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus are both expected to start after they were rested in the 1-0 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion in midweek.
4-3-3 Manchester City Predicted Lineup To Face Crystal Palace
Ederson will lineup in between the sticks for Man City after earning an easy clean sheet versus the Seagulls earlier this week. Ruben Dias will continue to function along with John Stones at the centre of Guardiola’s defence as they try to limit the chances that Roy Hodgson’s men create during the 90 minutes.
Kyle Walker could return to feature at right-back while Joao Cancelo hopes to impress as the left-back. They will both focus on making some overlapping runs out on the wide areas so that they can stretch the opposition defence and deliver some inviting crosses into the penalty box.
Benjamin Mendy will make up the numbers on the bench.
Guardiola might stick with the same midfield that started against Brighton. Hence, we can expect Ilkay Gundogan to partner Rodri and Kevin De Bruyne at the centre of the park as they look to dominate possession and orchestrate some clear-cut chances in the Eagles half.
Fernandinho will have to be content with a spot on the bench but might come on to feature in the second 45 minutes if required.
Raheem Sterling was rested in midweek, so he should be fresh to start on the left-wing while Bernardo Silva gets a chance to produce a productive performance from the right. Gabriel Jesus could get the responsibility to lead the line down the middle.
Ferran Torres, Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez will be named on the bench as they wait for their chance to catch the eye as the impact substitutes if required.