Crystal Palace vs Manchester City 31/12/2017
The rampant table-toppers Man City are aiming to end 2017 with a EPL win. Should they clinch what would also be their 19th straight EPL victory, it will mark the first time since 2013 they have closed the year with a win.
Victory will also see Man City go level with Bayern Munich (then also managed by Pep Guardiola) as the only teams across Europe’s top five leagues to win 19 matches in a row.
They lost 1-0 at Liverpool in 2016, drew 0-0 at Leicester in 2015 and were held to a 2-2 home draw by Burnley in 2014.
Man City have won their last two matches against Crystal Palace by a 5-0 scoreline. Incredibly, they can become the first EPL team to win three consecutive matches against an opponent by a five-goal margin.
Palace suffered a close 3-2 defeat to Arsenal on Thursday, which also snapped their nine-match unbeaten run. James McArthur could return to the starting XI, but veterans Connor Wickham, Mamadou Sakho and Damien Delaney remain sidelined.
Vincent Kompany was forced off with a calf injury just 11 minutes into City’s 1-0 win at Newcastle, and won’t make this game. David Silva could also return after sitting out due to personal reasons. Fabian Delph has a small muscle problem but is ok to play a part.