CRYSTAL PALACE - Sakho to start at City

Posted September 23, 2017

"And I saw that in their last two games against Southampton and Burnley they created a lot of chances".

The Eagles find themselves bottom after five games, but actually aren't the worst defensive team in the division - Bournemouth, West Ham, Everton, Leicester, Watford and Liverpool have all conceded more.

"This is the Premier league".

Meanwhile, City captain Vincent Kompany could feature and will be assessed ahead of time.

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City, who are level on points and goal difference with rivals Manchester United, are only top of the league on alphabetical order and will want to defend their position on top of the pile.

City beat West Brom 2-1 but Gundogan was unable to complete the full 90 minutes after being forced off with an ankle injury after a tackle from behind by Claudio Yacob.

They have scored 35 goals in that process, with Palace losing on all five of their previous visits to the Etihad Stadium.

Crystal Palace defender Pape Souare made an emotional return to action against Huddersfield after a year out following a horrific auto crash, after which he feared would never walk again - he is likely to be on the bench on Saturday.

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Wilfried Zaha is making good progress but won't be back until the second week of October following a knee injury.

Manchester City squad: Ederson, Bravo, Walker, Danilo, Kompany, Stones, Otamendi, Mangala, Mendy, Toure, Delph, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Sterling, Sane, D Silva, B Silva, Aguero, Jesus.

Jason Puncheon is relishing Crystal Palace's horror fixture list.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insists that his side will show "a lot of respect" to struggling Crystal Palace when they meet at the Etihad on Saturday.

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Crystal Palace will be desperate for at least a point to get them up and running but to do that, they're going to have to score, which has proved impossible for them so far.