Manchester – Crystal Palace is ranked 16th in the Premier League, but that does not mean they will not present a problem when they travel to the Etihad Stadium Manchester City host challenging.
Late last year, the defense ekstrarapat of Crystal Palace almost interrupted opportunities champions Manchester City. Luckily, Edin Dzeko scored the only goal when the game leaving 20 minutes.
Saturday night (12.20.14) hrs later, the Citizens will host Neil Warnock’s team made it without reinforced Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero. City defender, Eliaquim Mangala, also asked his colleagues to increase alertness.
“Once again this will be an important game for us. This is a game we want to win and we must win, “said Mangala as reported by the official City website.
“We are in a good moment and the team is confident. We were without our attackers but last weekend we prove that we can win 1-0 (against Leicester City) when we play away, “he added.
Mangala knew that teams rely on the defense has the potential to make the opponent off guard and strike back.
“We knew we had more meetings and more vigilant in the defense because they might try to play through maximum attack. I’m sure we can get the three points on Saturday, “the 23-year-old central defender was stressed.
The victory of a fixed price for City if you want to continue stalking Chelsea, within three points, at the top. Front line will be a major concern City manager Manuel Pellegrini. Besides Aguero and Dzeko, Serbian striker Stevan Jovetic also been ruled out.
“We will try to play it in a different way. I hope the midfielder coming from the second line and scored in different ways. We need to change our way of playing, a different system because when you do not have a striker, you have to come to the penalty box in a different way, “said Pellegrini as reported by the Daily Mail.
“I hope I can (find a different way). I know we play against a team who defended very well so we will find the best solution to play without them (Dzeko, Aguero, Jovetic), “the 61-year-old coach was confirmed.
Potential obstacles from Crystal Palace seen from their trend in the last four games. Although never win, they were able to end the three games with a draw. This means, they are not a team that can easily be controlled. City itself is in a positive trend with six wins and a draw from seven games.
“We have played well lately but we have to increase it again. We played well in the cage and cage Swansea Tottenham (both ended 1-1), but now is a new challenge. It is a great challenge for us, “Warnock said as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.
66-year-old coach was not able to bring down his attacker, Marouane Chamakh, and midfielder Joe Ledley. The defender Adrian Mariappa, who recovered from a knee injury, the possibility can not be played from the beginning.
Crystal Palace have a quarterback with the ability to steal the ball the second best in the Premier League within Mile Jedinak. 30-year-old midfielder has 60 times cut off the ball opponent. He is under Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne, with 70 times.
City did not have to worry about the absence of the attackers. Substitute their players no less sharp with a record five goals and six assists this season.
Of the last five meetings both teams, City always win over Crystal Palace.
Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Joe Hart; Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis, Eliaquim Mangala, Gel Clichy; Fernandinho, Yaya Toure, James Milner, David Silva, Samir Nasri; Pozo.
Crystal Palce (4-5-1): JulianSperoni, Martin Kelly, Scott Dann, Brede Hangeland, Joel Ward; Jason Puncheon, James McArthur, Mile Jedinak, Joe Ledley, Yannick Bolaise; Fraizer Campbell.
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