Manchester City vs Crystal Palace


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The Citizens went head-to-head with struggling Palace at the Etihad this afternoon, with the two sides on markedly differing runs of form.

Roy Hodgson will oversee Crystal Palace's daunting trip to Manchester City clinging to Fulham's unlikely survival under his stewardship nine years ago as inspiration.

In between there were two tap-ins for Raheem Sterling and a close-range header from Sergio Aguero that took him one goal short of equalling the all-time City record.

Matters only seem to be worsening for Crystal Palace as they lost their sixth successive Premier League game to Manchester City.

For Manchester City, their last game featured six goals, some incredibly attractive play, and a real balance between clinical offensive play and an exceptionally organised defence.

Man City take on Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Champions League on September 26.

Crystal Palace managed to get a 1-0 win in the league cup midweek, the first win of Roy Hodgson's tenure in charge.

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"In the second half, we were what we have been in the last games". Honestly, the Belgian needs to return to extended action soon as the manager is being forced to think about his captain's bad injury record with each week that goes by.

That said, Pep like to spring surprises, just when opposition managers think they have him sussed. "I refuse to believe we're doomed".

Realistically, this game has one victor written all over it. Manchester City come into the game with four wins from five in the league, while Palace are yet to earn a point. Gabriel Jesus is incredible, Bernardo Silva always creates, there's also Raz [Sterling], Leroy and Sergio...

"I heard so many good things about him, and had seen him play for Liverpool and Palace a year ago, but I can understand why he's made himself a bit of a favourite with the Selhurst fans", said Hodgson of Sakho. "We can become a team that is hard to beat and cause more problems for the opposition". "Unfortunately there's a risk Manchester United and Chelsea will also be as capable as Manchester City of punishing us if we don't get things right".

After a first half of few chances, Bournemouth moved ahead shortly after the restart, with Joshua King lashing a strike into the bottom corner after receiving the ball off Charlie Daniels. "We are going to see". Something will need to change if they want to compete against Manchester City. He was ably supported by those around him, with Kevin De Bruyne putting in a dominant midfield display behind a wealth of attacking talent. By the latter part of the season the players must know what we are looking for.

The Eagles created a couple more chances than Southampton in their 1-0 defeat but had one shot less on target - however, there were promising signs.

"Recognition about the media and the prizes, that's OK for 10 minutes, and then after that it disappears".

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