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Crystal Palace vs Manchester City Match Preview & Prediction

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Crystal Palace & Manchester City Logos over Selhurst Park Stadium

Palace are set to host the league leaders Manchester City on Monday night and all Eagles’ fans will be hoping for a second win of the season against the best team in the league. As we’re sure you’ll remember, Palace beat City 2-0 at the Etihad back in October last year. Patrick Vieira said in his pre-match press conference that this result was due to the overall teamwork in training that was replicated in the match.

With Liverpool only three points behind, Manchester City will put everything into this game to keep the points gap as wide as possible. City smashed their city rivals, Manchester United, 4-1 last weekend, and progressed to the Champions League quarter-finals in the week, so they’ll be going into the match full of confidence.

Crystal Palace have widened the gap from the relegation zone now 12 points from safety. Whilst it looks as if Palace won’t be involved in the relegation battle, the team will be wanting to win this match before facing Everton at home in the FA Cup Quarter Final on Saturday 19th March.

Keep reading for the team news of both sides.

Crystal Palace Team News

Vieira mentioned in his pre-match press conference that James McArthur is sidelined again after returning from his groin injury in February. He didn’t say how long he’ll be out for, but it’s a blow for the Eagles as he’s a key player in the centre of midfield.

Nathan Ferguson is the other player that definitely won’t be in the squad as he’s still out with a long-term injury. There’s good news when it comes to Joel Ward though as he’s almost back to match fitness, but it’s still unsure whether he’ll start against City on Monday. If not, Nathaniel Clyne will play in his place as he has during this period without Ward.

With McArthur out, we expect to see Kouyate, Gallagher, and probably Schlupp as the three in midfield. Then, we’d say that it’ll be Zaha, Mateta, and Olise as the three up top. The defence will no doubt be the same as previous matches with Guaita in goal too.

Manchester City Team News

Guardiola didn’t mention any players by name when he was asked about injuries in the pre-match press conference. But, we do know that Ruben Dias won’t feature after suffering a hamstring injury against Peterborough in the FA Cup.

Nathan Ake is a doubt to make the squad that faces Palace on Monday night so it looks like Stones and Laporte will start the evening in front of Ederson. Cancelo is a minor doubt, but we’re sure he’ll feature as he’s a key player for City.

Guardiola has said that this game is like a final as Liverpool are hot on their heels in the race for the title. With the class that the City squad has, it’s going to be a tough match as always for Palace.

Crystal Palace vs Manchester City Match Prediction

Our prediction for the Crystal Palace Manchester City match on Monday night is going to be 2-2. Palace have lost only once in their last eight games and City need a result to stay in first over Liverpool. Dias is a big loss for Man City and Palace’s attack is in good form at the moment, but the away team will also be a huge threat going forward.

It’s going to be a tough match as always when facing Guardiola’s City team, but we think Palace can get a draw out of the match.

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Everton vs Crystal Palace Match Preview & Prediction

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Everton Crystal Palace Logos Over Goodison Park

Crystal Palace travel to Goodison Park on Thursday evening for the penultimate match of the season. Everton are fighting to stay up and a win for them will keep them in the Premier League so expect a strong performance from them.

Three points at home would land The Toffees on 39 points, four points ahead of Leeds who only have one game to play.

Vieira’s men aren’t just going to roll over though and let them win. A win for the Eagles would bring them up to 10th going into the final match of the season.

These two last met in the FA Cup quarter-final when Palace gave Everton a 4-0 drubbing. Everton looked dangerous in the first 20 minutes of that match, but Townsend’s injury and Palace’s ability to soak up the pressure led to four goals for The Eagles after this bright start.

Keep reading for the team news for both sides and our prediction.

Palace Team News

Palace will be without quite a few players that are out with injuries. Vieira had already confirmed in his last press conference that Michael Olise will be unavailable for the remaining two fixtures. Long-term absentee, Nathan Ferguson, also won’t make it back before and the aim is to have him fit for preseason.

James McArthur didn’t travel with the team for the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa and he’s another who will be out.

Vieira also confirmed that James Tomkins won’t be in the squad, but he’s only made 8 appearances all season anyway. Both he and McArthur are out of contract at the end of the season and we’d be surprised if Tomkins stayed beyond this campaign.

With Palace not having anything to play for it’s allowed the manager to experiment with the formation. Once again, he tried the 3-5-2 formation that he’d played against Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final against Villa at the weekend. Whether he keeps this for the match with Everton is another story though.

Everton Team News

Lampard’s Everton side also have many injuries as well as a couple of suspensions. Ben Godfrey is fighting to get fit and he’ll likely be in the squad, but is doubtful to start.

Michael Keane has recovered from an illness so he’ll return to the centre of the defence likely alongside Holgate as Yerry Mina is out injured. Former Palace player Andros Townsend is still out after going off injured when he faced his previous club in the FA Cup.

Fabian Delph is another Everton player who is out injured this time with a muscle injury so he won’t feature. Calvert-Lewin remains fit even though he was seen stretching in the Brentford match and United loanee, Donny van de Beek, will be in the squad.

The two players out due to suspension are Jarrad Branthwaite and Salomon Rondon after the pair were sent off against Brentford.

Everton vs Crystal Palace Match Prediction

Palace have looked in good form in this last stretch of the season, but the Everton players are fighting for the club to stay in the Premier League. This makes it a tough match to predict, but we’re going to go for an Everton win.

The players won’t be wanting to take their destiny to the final day of the season when they travel to the Emirates to face Arsenal. That’s why we can see them beating Palace to keep them up in front of the home fans. They’ll also want to show everyone that the 4-0 defeat to Palace in the FA Cup was a one-off.

Our Everton vs Crystal Palace match prediction is 2-1 to the home side to keep them in the Premier League.

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Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace Match Preview & Prediction

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Villa Park with Aston Villa & Crystal Palace Logos

Crystal Palace and Aston Villa are both playing for a top 10 finish now with only three games left of the season. The Eagles sit one point higher than Villa and if Palace win they’d move up to the same number of points as rivals Brighton.

Palace have had a full week to recover since their last match, whereas Villa hosted Liverpool in midweek. They were a tough test for Klopp’s men, but they saw the match out after Mane scored the second goal.

These two sides met back at the end of November just after Gerrard had taken up the manager role at Villa. In his pre-match presser, Vieira praised the job that former Liverpool player has done and said how much quality their squad has. We’re sure the Palace manager will be wanting to get revenge for the 2-1 defeat at Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace Team News

Vieira confirmed in his pre-match press conference that the side has a few injuries. James McArthur is out as he hasn’t restarted training with the team since picking up a knock that kept him out of the win over Watford.

Marc Guehi went off injured in the second half of that match and is doubtful for the trip to Villa Park. The player and staff are hoping that he can return before the end of the season though.

Vicente Guaita is another who missed the match with Watford and is likely to miss this game too meaning that Butland will remain in goal.

As confirmed last week, Nathan Ferguson won’t be back before the end of the season. Vieira said we’ll see some young players in the squad for these final three games so we expect Tayo Adaramola and Jesurun Rak-Sakyi to be called up after training with the first team.

Aston Villa Team News

Ollie Watkins is the most recent injury to Villa’s side as he hasn’t trained since the loss to Liverpool on Tuesday evening. Gerrard is doubtful that he’ll feature against Palace.

Jacob Ramsey could make a return after he missed the match with Liverpool, but last-minute checks will be complete on Saturday. He trained with the team on Friday along with Buendia who is another that Gerrard will be hoping is fully fit for Sunday’s clash at Villa Park.

The two players that are confirmed to miss the match through injuries are Leon Bailey and Kortney Hause.

Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace Match Prediction

With only one point separating these two teams it’s a tough match to predict. Palace have won their last two and so had Villa before they lost 2-1 to Liverpool in midweek.

The fact that Guehi is most likely missing is a big blow for The Eagles as Tomkins has only made nine appearances so far this season. Though, Villa may be without Ollie Watkins as well.

We’re going to go for a draw with both teams scoring one each, 1-1.

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Crystal Palace vs Watford Match Preview & Prediction

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Crystal Palace & Watford Logos over Selhurt Park

Crystal Palace host Watford on Saturday afternoon in a North London versus South London derby. This will be the first time that former Eagles manager Roy Hodgson, returns to Selhurst Park since leaving at the end of last season.

It will probably be his last time too as he’s confirmed that he’ll be leaving Watford at the end of the season and won’t be returning to management. Although, by the sounds of it, he’ll still be connected to the game in one way or another.

With only four matches left, this is a must-win game for Watford who are pretty much already relegated. Selhurst Park isn’t an easy place to come to when you need points and Vieira’s men will still give 100% even if they have nothing but pride to play for.

Keep reading the team news for both sides and our Crystal Palace vs Watford match prediction at the end.

Crystal Palace Team News

Only one player is missing from the full squad and this long-term absentee Nathan Ferguson. Vieira did have some positive news about his injury update though as he’s back training on the field, although individually.

The manager also stated that the aim isn’t to get him back to full fitness before the end of the season, but so that he can take part in the preseason tour.

With everyone else fit, it’s going to be a fight for positions again after Zaha didn’t start the last game. Vieira mentioned that he can see Zaha playing more often as a striker rather than on the left wing after his last-minute goal against Southampton. But, he admitted that he’ll take some convincing as it’s not his preferred position.

Eze got his first goal in 11 months too so it will be interesting to see him playing now that he’s probably got more confidence on the field.

Watford Team News

Watford could be without Tom Cleverley who picked up a knock in training before the match with Burnley last week. Cathcart also missed the 2-1 defeat with relegation rivals Burnley, but both of them have been back in training with the squad this week.

The Colombian, Cucho Hernández, is the other player in doubt for Watford, although he has been doing individual training on the grass, mainly focusing on running and ball work.

Crystal Palace vs Watford Match Prediction

With Watford losing to Burnley last weekend after being 1-0 up, it’s going to be near impossible to see them survive in the Premier League. If Palace win or draw then The Hornets will be the first team confirmed relegated this season.

The last time these two met in the league Palace won comfortably 4-1 and we expect a similar result today. We’re going for a Palace win and the score 3-0.

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