Manchester City: Sergio Aguero & Micah Richards - Out; Martin Demichelis & Stevan Jovetoc - Doubtful
Crystal Palace: Adlene Guedioura, Jack Hunt, Patrick McCarthy, Glenn Murray & Jerome Thomas - Out; Kagisho Dikgacoi & Stuart O'Keefe - Doubtful
Manchester City: None
Crystal Palace: None
Manchester City: WDWWW
Crystal Palace: WWLLW
After a thoroughly important, if not fortuitous victory against Liverpool, Man City will be comprehensive favourites against a resurgent Palace side.
Secretly, Tony Pulis' men will be relishing the opportunity to shut out City, especially in the absence of Aguero. Since taking over from Ian Holloway, Pulis has won three and lost three. That way seem like average mid-table form, but keep in mind beforehand Palace had only won 2 in 12.
The backbone to this Palace revival has been the famed defensive barrier of any team managed by Pulis. They have kept a clean-sheet in a three of their victories - one more than they had prior to Pulis taking over.
Against City they will expect to have less than 40% of the ball - keeping in line with their seasonal average - but they will counteract this with an extremely high work rate.
Palace boast the most tackles made in the league, as well as the second highest interceptions and aerial duels won. They will use this to keep the game as tight as possible.
What may count against them is the Ettihad is a massive pitch with much space to exploit. It would not be surprising to see one of Milner and Navas, or even both start against Palace. They, especially Navas, are wingers who stretch the game creating space for the center forwards.
If Palace are always looking in-behind themselves, instead of containing City in front of them, they will exhaust themselves by the time they get the ball back - rendering a counter attack useless.
Already they are the league's lowest scorers and given that their attack are most likely to be chasing shadows, along with the whole defence, I am predicting a long night for Crystal Palace.
Manchester City 2-0 Crystal Palace