MANCHESTER (Sporting Alert) — Manchester City can climb to the top of the English Premier League table standings before their other rivals kick-off on Sunday if they can beat Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
Man City currently sits second behind Arsenal with 38 points, but a win over Crystal Palace will see them moving to 41 points, which would be two more than the Gunners, who would drop to second place before they kick-off against Newcastle United.
Saturday’s game could see Serbian defender Matija Nastasic returning to the starting lineup after he recovered from a calf injury to sit on the bench in the win over Liverpool on Boxing Day.
However, forwards Sergio Aguero (calf) and Stevan Jovetic (hamstring), as well as right-back Micah Richards (hamstring) continue to be on the sidelines with injuries.
Crystal Palace, meanwhile, will be looking to build on the 1-0 victory at Aston Villa on Boxing Day, a win that pulled them out of the relegation zone.
Forward Marouane Chamakh will return from suspension, but manager Tony Pulis could stick with Yannick Bolasie, who was very impressive on the flank against Villa.
Manchester City (from): Hart, Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Nastasic, Boyata, Clichy, Kolarov, Nasri, Silva, Navas, Milner, Garcia, Fernandinho, Toure, Rodwell, Dzeko, Negredo, Guidetti
Crystal Palace (from): Speroni, Mariappa, Moxey, Ward, Gabbidon, Delaney, Bolasie, Jedinak, Jerome, Gayle, Puncheon, Parr, Campana, Bannan, Phillips, Williams, Price, Chamakh.