Crystal Palace – Manchester City 0:0
Manchester City started his visit to Crystal Palace confidently, and in the fourth minute he could lead. Bernardo Silva shoots from a good position but the shot from the goal ends up in the net. Seconds later, Gundogan entered the field but his attempt to find a teammate was interrupted.
After the first few moments in which the demons looked worried, they organized and began to organize their typical counterattacks, relying on Zahah and searching for Benteke. The Belgian striker suddenly got a chance to find the result at the ninth minute thanks to Mangalla. The defender did not get along with Ederson, and in an attempt to clear the goalkeeper, he was aiming at the Frenchman as the ball reached Benneteau and the door was emptied. Mangala managed to deflect the striker’s strike. This period, however, gave Palas confidence and they played a little more calmly.
Both teams lost one major footballer early on. Scott Dan was injured after breaking off against De Bourne and replaced by Martin Kelly. Gabriel Jesse also left the pitch. The Brazilian received the injury at the start of the game but was replaced in the 23rd minute when he saw that he could not continue. Zesus left with tears in his eyes, and Sergio Aguero came in.
A few minutes after appearing on the field, Aguero hit a beam. The Argentine was allowed to shoot a little in front of the penalty area, the ball deviated to a host of the host and hit the outside of the right side pillar. Palace did two good attacks, but the ending pass was missing. Overall, Hodgson’s team managed to limit City’s attacking players to the break.
Guardiola’s team had a hard time setting in the second half. Within an hour, Gundogan’s shot went off the door. Shortly thereafter, he left the field and Stirling appeared in his place. Gradually, City’s pressure grew, and Sane was close to a goal.
As a whole, the home defending managed, and in the 79th minute Palace had the chance to shock the leader. After shaking, the ball came to Townsend, who, from a brilliant position, fired over the door.
Manchester City is coming out for the 19th consecutive Premier League victory at the Crystal Palace. Josep Guardiola’s team plays impressively, leading Chelsea with 13 points, and many believe they have already secured their title. The “Citizens” are also in a series of 11 consecutive successes as a guest in the championship. However, they did not end the year with a win in 2013.
After Roy Hodgson’s appointment, Crystal Palace stabilized and before losing to Arsenal on Thursday was in a series of eight championship matches without losing. Eagles manager has made four changes since the last game, one of which is at the door, where today will keep Wayne Hennessy, replacing Julian Scheroni.
City’s last game was on Wednesday and Guardiola made only three changes. Mangala replaces the injured Company in defense, and Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesse are among the players at the expense of Rahim Stirling and Sergio Aguero.
CRYSTAL PALACE – MAN CITY 0: 0
CRYSTAL PALACE: Hennessy, Van Anholt, Dan, Tomkins, Ridewald, Fosu-Mensa, Milivjevic, Kabay, Townsend, Zaha, Benteke
MAN CITY: Ederson, Danilo, Otamendi, Mangalla, Walker, Fernandinho, Gundogan, De Bourne, Sane, Bernardo Silva, Jessus