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Crystal Palace v Man City

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30 Dec 2017
Manchester City v Liverpool

Manchester City's Vincent Kompany (calf) is expected to be available despite limping off at Newcastle United on Wednesday.

Fabian Delph (muscular) has a chance of returning and John Stones (thigh( is back in full training, though the centre-back is not ready for a full 90 minutes. David Silva (other) is doubtful.

The Crystal Palace squad could be carrying a few knocks following the Arsenal match manager Roy Hodgson said he wouldn’t know the extent until nearer to kick-off on New Year’s Eve.

Mamadou Sakho (leg) and Connor Wickham (knee) remain out.

Did you know?

Crystal Palace have won only one of their last 11 Premier League matches against Manchester City, losing the other 10.

Man City have kept a clean sheet in seven of their last nine Premier League matches against Palace.

Man City have won their last two matches against Crystal Palace 5-0. They can become the first PL team to win three consecutive matches against an opponent by a five-goal margin.

Man City are aiming to end a calendar year with a PL victory for the first time since 2013, since losing 0-1 at Liverpool in 2016, drawing 0-0 at Leicester City in 2015 and being held 2-2 at home to Burnley in 2014.

What the managers say

Pep Guardiola: "You talk about the numbers and the records. That is a consequence of what we do on the pitch. It doesn’t count. What counts is what we have to do against Crystal Palace."

See: Kompany and Stones latest

Roy Hodgson: "We won’t have much option other to try and do against them what we tried to do against Arsenal, which might make it an entertaining game for the neutral but it could make it a tough game for us."

See: Hodgson prepares for City visit

Referee: Jonathan Moss
Assistants: Eddie Smart, Andy Halliday
Fourth official: Stuart Attwell

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