Premier League Preview: Manchester City vs. Crystal Palace

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  • City carries series 20W-12D-12L
  • Palace last won at City in 1990
  • City unbeaten in last 5 PL matches

Crystal Palace takes a step up in class when it heads into the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, while Manchester City looks to continue its run at No. 1 Chelsea while fending off red-hot Manchester United (Watch live on NBCSN at 745am ET and online via Live Extra).

City has 36 points, three less than Chelsea, and has been playing a strong brand of soccer in both Premier League and UEFA Champions League play. Their rich vein of form is going to be a lot for Crystal Palace to handle on Saturday.

Palace has scrapped to points in three of its last four matches, and will likely hope a counter attack can spring the goal that allows them to hang on for dear life at the Etihad Stadium.

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What they’re saying

Manchester City’s Eliaquim Mangala on Palace: “Normally, teams that are coming here play more defensively. I think it will be the case and they will play in counter-attacks but we know that and it’s up to us to adapt, dominate the game and score the goal we need to win that game. We will do everything we can to get those three points this weekend.”

Palace boss Neil Warnock on needing goals: “I think we’ve known all along that we haven’t got that clinical striker. I think we’ve scored quite a few goals over the season but they just seem to be in spurts. When we score, we score three. We’ve got to start putting lesser chances away that would have earned us quite a lot more points.”

Prediction

A parked bus might deter City’s flair early, but there’s too much class for Palace to do the trick here. Look for Manchester City to put up a crooked number before halftime en route to a 3-0 win.