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Man City vs Crystal Palace

Published:Friday | December 19, 2014 | 12:16 AM

MAN CITY (4-2-3-1)

HART, SAGNA,

KOMPANY, MANGALA, CLICHY, FERNANDO, TOURE NASRI,

LAMPARD, SILVA, POZO

PALACE (4-2-3-1)

CHAMAKH, ZAHA, McARTHUR, BOLASIE, LEDLEY, JEDINAK, WARD, HANGELAND, DANN, KELLY, SPERONI

Manchester City do not appear to be suffering from the absence of leading scorer Sergio Aguero. The striker has 19 goals in 21 games for City this season but was absent for last weekend's 1-0 win at Leicester and will be missing again when City return to the Etihad.

Aguero is not expected to return to the attack until early next month following a knee problem. But the Argentine, signed from Spanish football (Atletico Madrid) could be fit to face Barcelona after the teams were paired in the first knock-out stage of the Champions League.

City are unbeaten in their last seven Barclays Premier League games and have won five. At home, City have won five, drawn one and lost one of seven.

Palace, meanwhile, have won just once in their last 10 Premier League games - at home to Liverpool - and have managed just one goal in their last three, James McArthur's first for the club early in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Stoke City last Saturday.

As well as Aguero, City will also be missing Matija Nastasic while there are tests for Vincent Kompany (hamstring), Stevan Jovetic (muscle) and Edin Dzeko (calf) against Palace on Saturday.

Palace, meanwhile, have a slight doubt over Marouane Chamakh, who injured a hamstring in the draw with Stoke. Adrian Mariappa remains on the sidelines.

Palace have won just once away this season and last won at City in December 1990, in the old First Division. Since that victory almost exactly 24 years ago, the Eagles have lost five - including the last four - and drawn three of eight subsequent visits.