Monday 6th April 2015, Selhurst Park, Live on Sky Sports 1. Kick-off 8:00pm.
Fourth-placed Manchester City will be aiming to keep pace with the title-chasing pack when they travel to meet Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
Monday’s encounter is pivotal for last season’s champions. A win will close the gap behind leaders Chelsea to six points but a defeat will put their Champions League qualification hopes in jeopardy, leaving them only seven point ahead of fifth-placed Liverpool.
Man City swept aside West Brom 3-0 before the international break but suffered losses against Liverpool and Burnley in the three games prior.
With City’s inconsistent form lately, boss Manuel Pellegrini knows any further mistakes could prove to be extremely costly as the race for top-four places intensifies.
“I always expect to win all the games from the beginning of the season to the end. That is the mentality we must have as a big team,” the Chilean manager told the Daily Mail.
“So many times (media) ask me after a defeat if we are obligated to win. We are always obligated to win. This team demands you to win every game.
“Now it is important to take it game by game and we must focus our mind on Crystal Palace.”
Palace have had a season of two-halves, Alan Pardew took the Selhurst hotseat in December while the club where in the relegation places but have won six of their last 10 Premier League outings to move into 12th.
The Eagles came from behind in their last match to down Stoke City 2-1 and move above Pardew’s former side Newcastle United in the table.
Goals from Glenn Murray and Wilfried Zaha was enough to secure the win before the international break and the Palace boss told the Daily Mail he is relishing a trip from the champions.
“We’re in great form and looking forward to the champions arriving on Monday.”
“They have fantastic players. The margins haven’t fallen their way as much this year. It’s a team that will grow and continue to grow. This period is a chase for them.”
Man City ran out 3-0 winners in the reverse fixture in December with a David Silva brace and a Yaya Toure strike. The clean sheet at the Etihad was their fourth consecutive shut out against Palace and SkyBet are offering 2/1 for Man City to win to nil once again.
Man City to win to nil 2/1 SkyBet