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Manchester City v Crystal Palace: TV details, how to watch, injury and team news

Pep Guardiola will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run in the league when a former City midfielder returns to the Etihad.

<p>Raheem Sterling is closed down by Tyrick Mitchell. Credit: Getty.</p>

Raheem Sterling is closed down by Tyrick Mitchell. Credit: Getty.

Manchester City are back in action on Saturday, when they host Crystal Palace in the Premier League (3pm kick-off).

The Blues are unbeaten since the opening weekend of the season and have won three of their four home matches in the league this term.

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They head into the game in third place and are two points off leaders Chelsea, who face Newcastle United at the same time on Saturday, while Liverpool also play at 3pm when they host Brighton & Hove Albion.

For City, they welcome a side to the Etihad who have caused Pep Guardiola issues in the past, but he has managed four wins from his last five meetings with the Eagles, who are in 15th place after nine matches.

Patrick Vieira playing for Man City in 2011. Credit: Getty.

Palace have been the draw specialists this season and have tied six times in the league, winning just once.

They’re managed by former City midfielder Patrick Vieira, who was also involved in their coaching set-up prior to Guardiola’s time at the club. The former World Cup winner managed City’s sister team New York City and played 46 times for Man City during an 18-month spell, which included winning the FA Cup in 2011.

What’s the latest team news?

Ederson, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Rodri and Bernardo Silva were rested for the midweek League Cup loss to West Ham United, while Joao Cancelo, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish and Gabriel Jesus started on the bench.

City lost to West Ham on penalties in midweek. Credit: Getty.

Most of those are expected to start on Saturday, with the Blues also facing a midweek Champions League game on Wednesday.

Raheem Sterling was back in the side at the London Stadium after missing last weekend’s win over Brighton, while Ferran Torres remains the only long-term absentee for Guardiola.

What’s the latest team news for Crystal Palace?

Wilfried Zaha is expected to return for the Eagles, after he missed the recent Arsenal game and then started on the bench last week against Newcastle.

Excluding long-term injuries to Nathan Ferguson and Eberechi Eze, Vieira has a full-strength squad to choose from, and the Frenchman will be hoping Christian Benteke can continue his recent impressive form in front of goal.

This is a Palace team which changed styles drastically from Roy Hodgson’s tenure and tend to try and dominate possession, although that may opt for a different approach at the Etihad.

On-loan midfielder Conor Gallagher has impressed for the London club this season, as has summer signing Odsonne Edouard.

Predicted line-ups

Man City: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo; Rodri, Silva, De Bruyne; Jesus, Foden, Grealish.

Crystal Palace: Guaita; Ward, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Milivojevic, McArthur, Gallagher; Ayew, Benteke, Zaha.

Is the match on TV?

As with all 3pm kick-offs in England, the game will not be shown live on TV.

How can I watch highlights?

The Sky Sports website and app will show highlights from 5.15pm on Saturday, while extended highlights can be viewed on Match of the Day, which is broadcast on BBC One at 10.30pm.

And of course, you can log onto Manchester World for full coverage on Saturday. Follow @michaelplant82 on Twitter too for our live updates from the Etihad.