There’s always a special kind of intrigue surrounding games in which top of the league meets bottom of the league, and this weekend’s clash between Manchester City and Crystal Palace certainly promises to be a fascinating one. The two clubs could scarcely be in more different predicaments going into the fixture, with City undoubtedly the form team in England right now and Palace yet to claim a goal or a point this term, but will things stay that way?
Pep Guardiola was afforded the luxury of wholesale changes in midweek and still managed to come away West Brom with a victory, with a number of players turning in performances strong enough to force themselves into contention for a starting spot. Selection headaches are the problems managers love, especially when they have a whole squad sky-high on confidence to pick from, and Pep will relish this challenge. This is the XI we expect him to go with against Palace:
Question marks may have been raised over the partnership of Nicolás Otamendi and John Stones in the past, but the pair have formed a formidable partnership this term. In 4 Premier League outings together, Man City have conceded just one goal.
David Silva, Fernandinho and Kevin De Bruyne have been in wonderful form so far this season, playing a starring role as their side made its way to the summit of the table. This is nothing new, however, as the trio has now started together 47 times, with City winning 60% of those matches and scoring 109 goals in the process.
Up front, City look set to pick 3 players who simply cannot stop scoring. Leroy Sané already has 4 goals to his name this term despite his playing time being restricted, meanwhile Sergio Agüero and Gabriel Jesus currently occupy 1st and 3rd place in the Premier League’s top scorers list respectively.