Manchester City have no new reported injury problems ahead of the visit of Crystal Palace.
Aymeric Laporte is back in full training but unlikely to play, while Leroy Sane is a long-term absentee.
Injury-hit Crystal Palace are without Luka Milivojevic, who is serving the second of a three-match suspension.
Defender Joel Ward is available after a knee injury but midfielder Max Meyer is out with an ankle injury suffered in last weekend’s draw at Arsenal.
MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES
@SteveBowerComm: This is a fixture that evokes memories of a rare blip in Manchester City’s incredible title-winning campaign of last season, when Crystal Palace were the only team to win a league game at the Etihad Stadium, including ‘that’ goal from Andros Townsend.
Whilst both Wolves and Manchester United have been victorious there this season, the recent signs are that Manchester City are approaching those standards again – Aston Villa are the most recent to testify the size of the challenge ahead of Roy Hodgson’s team.
Palace will certainly be organised though, and arrive in the north-west having lost only one of their last nine games – but it is some task to try and halt the league’s top scorers, who have 62 goals already.
VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola: “Every game you can win and lose. We’ve played a lot of games against Palace and we lost just one. It can happen.
“They scored an incredible goal and have good players.”
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson: “We did well at City last season but we can’t live on the memory of that.
“When you’re preparing a team to go and face Man City it’s a daunting task because they have so many weapons they can hurt you with.”
Crystal Palace always seem to do well against Manchester City, but it is hard to see them holding out against Pep Guardiola’s side at the moment.
- City have won seven of the past nine Premier League meetings.
- Those seven wins have produced an aggregate score of 22-2 in City’s favour.
- However, Palace’s 3-2 win at the Etihad Stadium in December 2018 was the only Premier League defeat that City suffered at home last season.
- City could win four consecutive league games for the first time this season.
- They have won nine of their past 10 matches in all competitions, scoring 32 goals.
- Pep Guardiola’s side are aiming for a fourth straight home league victory.
- Sergio Aguero is one short of 250 goals for Manchester City in all competitions.
- Riyad Mahrez is the only Premier League player to both score and assist 20 goals since the start of last season in all competitions (21 goals, 23 assists).
- Kevin De Bruyne’s 15 assists in all competitions this season is five more than any other Premier League player.
- De Bruyne has had a hand in eight goals in his last eight Premier League appearances against Crystal Palace for Manchester City, with two goals and six assists.
- Crystal Palace are unbeaten in four league games and have lost only one of their past nine (W3, D5).
- Their last three league matches have ended 1-1. The Eagles haven’t drawn four in a row in the league since 1992.
- Six of Palace’s seven Premier League wins this season came against teams who were 15th or lower in the table.
- Palace have lost just one of their last five away matches (W1, D3).
- They are aiming to become only the fourth club – and the first for 11 years – to win a Premier League away fixture against both Manchester City and Manchester United in the same season.
- No team has scored fewer than Palace’s 20 Premier League goals this season.
- They are one of only two teams – along with Watford – not to have scored a league goal from outside the penalty area this season.
- Wilfried Zaha could make his 200th Premier League appearance.