Manchester City host Crystal Palace in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday, 28 October, as Manuel Pellegrini looks to add one more trophy to his cabinet after a barren run last season. The Citizens went back on top of the league table last weekend with a tepid draw against Manchester United and currently share the same points with Arsenal, but are ahead on goal difference.
Where to Watch
Kick-off is set for 7.45pm GMT. The Capital One Cup fixture between City and Palace will not be telecast in the UK. The match will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Manchester.
Manchester City stormed into the fourth round with a swashbuckling 4-1 win over Sunderland and are unlikely to take the competition lightly, with Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea already knocked out. Liverpool and Manchester United are the two other big teams left in the mix giving Manuel Pellegrini a fighting chance to end his trophy drought.
The Citizens went to Old Trafford with a defensive mindset last weekend and came back satisfied with a 0-0 draw against their fiercest rivals. However, at home, the Chilean is likely to throw caution to the winds and attack with all the options he has at his disposal. A trophy win ahead of their quest for the title and the Champions League would do a lot to reduce the trepidation in the City quarters, who have spent quite liberally this summer to strengthen their squad.
Meanwhile, Palace's rocking start to the season has been halted by back-to-back league defeats against West Ham United and Leicester City. Alan Pardew's men have already lost to City in the league, but the nature of the loss is something the manager can take encouragement from. The Eagles managed to keep City out for the major part of the game, but conceded a late goal which scuppered their chances of pulling off yet another high profile upset.
Their main strength under Pardew has been form away from home, having won nine of their last 13 games under the former Newcastle manager. Palace have never won the league cup in their history and this is a good chance for them to add some silverware to their cabinets.
What Managers Say
Manuel Pellegrini: "We are trying to have a starting XI tomorrow that is the best we can do in this moment. It's not easy because we have so many players with injuries and maybe a few players are playing a lot of games. But for our team it is important to try to continue in the Capital One Cup. When you play the final of a cup at Wembley with 90,000 people, I think it's always a very important cup."
Alan Pardew: "They're good games for us. Man City and Man United. We look forward to those and hopefully (we can) get ourselves a win."
- Manchester City Win: 4/11
- Draw: 9/2
- Crystal Palace Win: 7/1
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