Manchester City Team News, Starting XI Prediction at Crystal Palace

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Manchester City are starting to get some key players back and it’s not a moment too soon. Sitting in second place, eight points behind Liverpool after the first eight games, they need to start making up ground on the Reds. Up next is a Saturday league fixture at Crystal Palace. The reigning Premier League back-to-back champions saw midfielder Kevin De Bruyne and centre back John Stones return to training this week.

Getting Stones back will help ease the severe issues that manager Pep Guardiola has had to deal with in central defense. De Bruyne will help take City’s biggest strength, scoring goals, up another notch.

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Leroy Sane and Aymeric Laporte remain long term injury absentees with knee injuries while defender Benjamin Mendy is a doubt, due to a hamstring problem. Sensational striker Sergio Aguero, currently tied for the league lead in scoring, had a car accident at training this week. Although his luxury automobile was wrecked pretty bad, he was totally unscathed and trained as normal. 

Let’s take a look at who Guardiola might select for his first XI against an Eagles side that is off to a surprisingly good start. Palace currently sit sixth in the table.

Manchester City Starting XI Prediction at Crystal Palace 

     Raheem Sterling       Sergio Aguero      Riyad Mahrez

      Kevin De Bruyne       Ilkay Gundogan       David Silva

Oleksandr Zinchenko    Nicolas Otamendi  John Stones    Joao Cancelo

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Manchester City at Crystal Palace FYIs

Kickoff: Oct. 19, 5:30pm Selhurst Park

Pep Guardiola press conference video: coming tomorrow

Form Guide: Manchester City- LWWLW Crystal Palace- WWDLW

Google’s result probability: 78% Manchester City win, 14% draw, 3% Crystal Palace victory

Prediction: Manchester City 2, Crystal Palace 0

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  1. Wat u hav said might be true, but not easy to be made. Am mathias from africa uganda jinja . Man city fan . But i call atleast man city to score and win with 4 goals

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