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Manchester City vs. Crystal Palace, Premier League: Bitter and Blue Community Starting Lineup

Manchester City vs. Crystal Palace, Premier League: Bitter and Blue Community Starting Lineup

The goals are still flowing and the football on show still mesmerises, but there is real steel to this City side, coupled to real belief that this season can make up for all the disappointments of the last twelve months and deliver on multiple fronts. Manchester City have not won the Premier League title since 2012/13 and 2013/14.

"We need to keep working hard as a back three with full-backs and keep doing what the gaffer says, keep attacking and offering that outlet for the midfielders in creating space". Put under early pressure by Mohamed Salah, Otamendi looked shaky but by the end, City had racked up their biggest win over Liverpool since 1937. The project at City is superb so it's best for me. "It is the seventh time I play against Shakhtar and it was always so tough for me".

Leroy Sané has found his form, following a shaky stint as left-back in the opening games of City's season. But the former Paris Saint-Germain full back was frequently caught out of position and was sent off with 20 minutes remaining after being shown a second yellow card for needlessly scything down Andy Carroll. And Spanish forward Nolito also struggled, only scoring 6 goals in 30 appearances and has already been sold.

If you compare with last year - we created so many chances to score goals but we didn't score. City ended their Premier League campaign in third place, 15 points behind champions Chelsea, whilst registering 80 goals a feat only bettered by the sides above them Tottenham Hotspur (86) and the Blues (85). There are others in the team who can do a job at left-back as well.

Agüero made it 4-0, heading in Sané's cross to close to within one goal of Eric Brook's all-time City record of 177 goals, before Fabian Delph curled in a fine fifth. It was not our decision, it was the way the game went.

The 27-year-old said, "If we keep doing the basics right, and keep performing at the level we're performing at, hopefully we will be a force that won't be stopped". Vincent Kompany is not ready for tomorrow.

"We wanted to be in control but sometimes you can't, sometimes we are not able, sometimes we have to give credit to the opponent".

That is 70 years ago.

Only when Oumar Niasse and Tom Davies replaced Rooney and Klaassen respectively, allowing Sigurdsson to move into an uncrowded No. 10 role, did Everton find the tempo and threat to overturn Bournemouth's lead and curb the rising anger inside Goodison.

They have bagged a remarkable 22 in their last five matches, conceding just once. However, they are expected to offer better resistance compared to their earlier performances in the season.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is likely to be used in attack by Hodgson who is again expected to field his preferred 4-4-2 formation.

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