Man City, Palace weigh priorities in FA Cup

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using a return to London Stadium from the league looming, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is usually likely to shuffle his pack against Crystal Palace © AFP/File / Paul ELLIS

LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 27 – Manchester City supporters must Just as before wait to see which product of Pep Guardiola’s team shows up in Saturday’s FA Cup fourth-round game at Premier League rivals Crystal Palace.

City have won by four goals or more on a few separate occasions, although have also fallen to two 4-0 defeats — at Barcelona along with more recently Everton — along with been beaten a few times from the league.

January has been every bit as see-saw, with City winning 5-0 at West Ham United from the FA Cup, losing 4-0 at Everton along with then going 2-0 up against Tottenham Hotspur on their last outing, only to draw 2-2.

Faced with the team’s wildly oscillating form, underpressure goalkeeper Claudio Bravo has told his team-mates: “We must be mentally strong.

“We must keep working hard, keep believing in what we’re doing. the item’s the only recipe.

“the item’s not a Great feeling looking at how things developed (against Tottenham).

“We had everything to win the game, although the item’s the same old story: we had trouble creating chances along with the different team, with less options, get the goals.”

Sam Allardyce is usually yet to make his mark at Crystal Palace, whose 2-1 win over Bolton Wanderers is usually the only game they have won since he took over as manager in December © AFP/File / Ian KINGTON

City won 2-1 on their last trip to Selhurst Park in November, although the item took an 83rd-minute goal by Yaya Toure, which completed a personal brace, for the visitors to prevail.

Sam Allardyce is usually yet to make his mark at Palace, whose 2-1 third-round replay win over Bolton Wanderers is usually the only game they have won since he succeeded Alan Pardew as manager in December.

although they were unfortunate to lose 1-0 at home to Everton last weekend, Seamus Coleman netting an 87th-minute winner despite Palace debutant Jeff Schlupp being down injured along using a hint of offside.

Allardyce took his team’s performance as a Great omen.

“Everton beat Manchester City 4-0 last week along with were lucky to beat us, so we have to take positives out of that will,” said the former England manager.

– Kompany to return? –

Palace reached the FA Cup final last season, narrowly losing 2-1 to Manchester United, although with relegation a very real prospect, Allardyce has made the item clear the competition is usually not a top priority.

using a trip to Bournemouth from the league on Tuesday to follow, he is usually likely to rotate his starting XI, as he did against his former club Bolton in round three.

Schlupp is usually a minor doubt after cramping up from the latter stages of the defeat against Everton, while midfielder Jordon Mutch is usually carrying a knock.

The trip to Crystal Palace could be a chance for captain Vincent Kompany to make his return to Manchester City’s starting XI following a two-month injury lay-off © AFP/File / Oli SCARFF

Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda (knee), left-back Pape Souare (broken leg) along with striker Connor Wickham (knee) are all long-term absentees.

Guardiola named a strong team for City’s trip to West Ham from the previous round, although with Wednesday’s return to London Stadium from the league looming, he too is usually likely to shuffle his pack.

the item could be an opportunity for captain Vincent Kompany to make his return to the starting XI following a two-month lay-off that will began when he injured his knee in November’s game at Palace.

John Stones is usually a candidate to partner him in central defence, having paid for another shaky display at his old club Everton by being demoted to the bench for the draw with Spurs.

Willy Caballero is usually anticipated to take over coming from Bravo in goal.

City’s travelling fans will wish to get another glimpse of 19-year-old Brazilian starlet Gabriel Jesus, who made an eye-catching debut cameo as a late substitute against Spurs.

Ilkay Gundogan is usually City’s only confirmed absentee, the Germany midfielder having been ruled out for the season using a knee injury.

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