Manchester City travel to Selhurst Park on September 12 to take on Crystal Palace. The Eagles have been in brilliant form this season and barring their 2-1 loss to Arsenal at home have managed three wins from a possible four in the league.
Where to Watch
Kick-off is set for 3pm BST. Highlights of the game will be available on BBC Match of the Day at 10.50pm BST on BBC One.
Palace manager Alan Pardew would be disappointed at the timing of the international break, having put in such amazing performances in August, which have seen them go second in the table, a position that few had envisaged. The Eagles got the better of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the weekend before the break, where they took the lead through Bakary Sako, but conceded an equaliser late in the game through Radamel Falcao.
However, they had the pluck to push their men forward when Chelsea were looking for a winner and found one through Joel Ward, who scored his second of the season, with his first coming at home against Arsenal. Pardew will take inspiration from his 2-1 win over the Citizens last season in April and will be hopeful that his rejuvenated team can put in a similar performance this time around.
City have won their four games in the league with consummate ease without conceding a single goal thus far. Their 3-0 win over Chelsea was the best of the lot, showing a sort of supremacy over the defending Champions which was otherwise unheard of.
Manuel Pellegrini's men have become the early favourites to win the title this season. David Silva is expected to miss the game after coming back from international duty but the 2013/14 Champions will have the option of starting Kevin de Bruyne, whom they signed from Wolfsburg thus summer.
What Managers Say
Alan Pardew: "Our mental strength is high at the moment and I think one or two of our players will be relishing that challenge. I think they [City] have improved. The signings have been good, the mentality of the [existing] players has improved. Likewise for us. I think we have improved in the transfer market but also as a team. We have a bit more balance than we had last year. We have a bit more creative balance. Therefore it will be two better teams than played in April."
Manuel Pellegrini: "I will answer the same as I said about Raheem [about de Bruyne]. The price – maybe at the beginning everyone will talk about the price. At the end it's part of the game of the player, the team, to demonstrate why we brought him here. There can be very cheap players – they play very well, and maybe expensive players, they don't do so well."
- Crystal Palace Win: 23/5
- Draw: 41/17
- Manchester City Win: 11/17
Possible XI: McCarthy: Mutch, Dann, Delaney, Souare; Sako, Puncheon, McArthur, Cabaye, Zaha; Wickham
Possible XI: Hart; Otamendi, Kompany, Mangala, Kolarov; Fernandinho, Toure; Sterling, De Bruyne, Silva; Aguero