Crystal Palace v Man City preview

Date published: Friday 11th September 2015 2:37

Manchester City have not won five top-flight games away from home since 1912, but they can break that record at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Team news

Crystal Palace defender Joel Ward faces a month out with a knee injury, but Yohan Cabaye has overcome a knee injury, while Julian Speroni is fit again.

Marouane Chamakh remains sidelined, however, with Connor Wickham another doubt for Alan Pardew.

Manchester City, meanwhile, will again be without Fabian Delph after he pulled a hamstring playing for England. The former Aston Villa midfielder could miss up to six weeks.

David Silva also misses out for City with an ankle knock sustained on international duty, but Bacary Sagna is fit.

Kevin De Bruyne is in line to make his debut for the early Premier League pace setters.

Opta stats

  • Crystal Palace have won just one of their last six Premier League clashes with Manchester City (L5), although that victory did come last time out (2-1 at home in April 2015)
  • On home soil, the Eagles have enjoyed two wins from their five Premier League clashes with the Citizens (D1 L2)
  • The last four times these two sides have met in the Premier League at Selhurst Park, the winning team has scored exactly two goals
  • Under Alan Pardew, Crystal Palace have averaged 2.4 pts away from home in the PL but only 1.3 per game at Selhurst Park
  • Manchester City have now won four away Premier League games in a row. They last won five away leagues games in a row in 1912
  • Yaya Touré has found the back of the net in each of Man City’s last three games against Crystal Palace (all PL)
  • Manchester City are top of the Premier League table in September for the first time ever
  • The Citizens have won 10 PL games in a row, a streak only five sides can better and just four off the PL record held by Arsenal (14, reached in August 2002)
  • The Eagles have won five of their last six top-tier games (L1)
  • Bakary Sako has had a hand in nine goals in his last nine league games (five goals and four assists for Wolves and Crystal Palace)

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