When they play home to Crystal Palace on Saturday, the defending Premier League champions Manchester City will want to get back to winning ways. The Citizens are coming off of a thrilling six-goal thriller against Newcastle United, while the Eagles are coming off of consecutive triumphs in the league and EFL Cup.
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
Time and Date: Saturday 27 August 2022, Kickoff at 15:00 BST, 10.00 am (EST, USA)
Referee: Graham Scott.
Assistants: Harry Lennard, Adrian Holmes.
Fourth official: Darren Bond.VAR: Simon Hooper.Assistant
VAR: Steve Meredith
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A friendly match would not have been ideal for Man City three games into the new season, and they would have wanted to come out unscathed. However, injuries were sustained by Luke Mbete and Kalvin Phillips at Camp Nou, with the latter being carried away after a violent collision while sporting a neck brace. Aymeric Laporte, who underwent knee surgery during the summer, is still out, and Nathan Ake (groin) and Jack Grealish (ligament) will be examined before the game. In a team similar to the one that faced Newcastle, Guardiola is expected to start players like Haaland, Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri, and Ederson.
The back four of John Stones, Kyle Walker, Joao Cancelo, and Ruben Dias, who took Ake’s position in the starting lineup against the Magpies the previous weekend, are all anticipated to be back.
Vieira made nine changes to his starting lineup for Crystal Palace’s EFL Cup game against Oxford, but he’ll likely revert to the group that overcame Aston Villa. Marc Guehi, the center-back, is anticipated to be joined in the defense by Tyrick Mitchell, Joel Ward, and Joachim Andersen. Only two players, including Marc Guehi, retained their positions from midweek.
Only Edouard remained by Vieira’s side, though Mateta might jeopardize his position in the attack since Jordan Ayew and Zaha are anticipated to be called back. Eberechi Eze is likely to play in center midfield alongside Jeffery Schlupp and Cheick Doucoure, a summer arrival. In his last eight away Premier League starts, Eze has helped score six goals. The visitors are still without James Tomkins (broken wrist), Jack Butland (broken wrist), and Nathan Ferguson, and James McArthur is doubtful owing to a groin strain (broken foot).
Manchester City possible starting XI:
Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Cancelo; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan; Bernardo, Haaland, Foden
Crystal Palace possible starting XI:
Guaita; Ward, Anderson, Guehi, Mitchell; Schlupp, Doucoure, Eze; Ayew, Edouard, Zaha