Aleks Kolarov is expected to replace Gael Clichy in the ever-changing left-back position, with the Serbian’s delivery in the final third likely to be a useful weapon against what is surely going to be a compact Crystal Palace defence. Javi Garcia will drop to the bench with Yaya Touré fit enough once again to take his place in the centre of midfield.
David Silva and Jesus Navas are both absent, the former possibly for the season, so Stevan Jovetic and James Milner are vying for one berth in an attacking role. Milner’s graft might get him the nod, but a personal feeling is that Jovetic’s trickery and ability to conjure something from nothing could be the way to go. Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo are battling for a place up front alongside Sergio Aguero.
Here is the side Pellegrini could select:
Referee: Howard Webb.
Prediction: Crystal Palace 1 - 2 MAN CITY – Our hosts may well be obdurate and stubborn, but should we apply ourselves – and that is something that has occasionally bee missing this season – we should have enough quality to break through. It is likely to be tight, tense and hard-fought but I’m swerving towards a narrow victory, with goals to be scored by Sergio Aguero, Stevan Jovetic and Cameron Jerome.
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