Manchester City will return to Premier League action after their midweek clash against Red Star Belgrade in the UEFA Champions League. Up next the champions host Crystal Palace in Premier League action at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola’s side will be looking for a crucial three points to keep in touch with league leaders Liverpool. Crystal Palace will be looking to rebound from last weekend’s disappointing 2-1 loss at Selhurst Park to Liverpool.
Manchester City will be looking for their second consecutive Premier League win following last weekend’s 2-1 win over Luton Town. Saturday’s game will be Pep Guardiola’s side’s last Premier League game before they head to Saudi Arabia to compete in the FIFA Club World Cup. It will be City’s first appearance in the prestigious competition.
The champions will be hoping to have striker Erling Haaland available. City’s number 9 missed last weekend’s win with a foot injury. Pep Guardiola told the media midweek that the striker is due to return to training on Thursday. The City manager told the media he should have a better idea on Haaland’s availability for Saturday during his press conference on Friday.
Dynamic winger Jeremy Doku is in doubt for Saturday’s match against Palace. The winger picked up a muscle injury during his side’s 3-all draw with Tottenham. Saturday’s game may come too soon for the Belgian international.
City keeper Ederson was also unavailable for the midweek clash with Red Star due to illness. He didn’t travel with the squad to Belgrade as a precaution. An update on the Brazilian keeper is also expected from Guardiola during his press conference on Friday.
Roy Hodgson’s side will head to the Etihad sitting 15th in the Premier League table. They were unlucky in their 2-1 defeat at home to Liverpool last weekend. Palace took the lead through Jean-Phillipe Mateta in the 57th minute from the penalty spot. The game swung Liverpool’s way after Jordan Ayew was sent off in the 75th minute. The hosts succumbed to two late goals from Mo Salah and Harvey Elliot following Ayew’s dismissal.
Crystal Palace have a host of players currently battling injuries. Dom Smith reports for Yahoo Sports that Jefferson Lerma and Tyrick Mitchell may return from injury to face City.
Smith adds that Eberechi Eze, Odsonne Edouard and Jesurun Rak-Sakyi are close to returning from injury but Saturday’s match against Saturday may be too soon for their return.
Jordan Ayew will miss the match on Saturday due to suspension.
TV/Live Stream information:
The game will be broadcast in the following locations on the following providers.
Australia: Sunday the 17th of December at 02:00 am on Optus Sports.
Canada: Saturday the 16th of December at 10:00 am on Fubo TV.
UK: The game isn’t broadcast in the UK due to the traditional 3 p.m. kick-off blackout.
United States: The game can be viewed on a variety of providers in the US. The following providers will show Manchester City vs Crystal Palace as per nbcsports.com, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, UNIVERSO, NBC Sports App, USA Network, and Telemundo.
For all other locations visit www.livesoccertv.com for more information.
Tickets for Saturday’s clash at the Etihad can be found through livefootballtickets.com at the attached link.