English Premier LeagueSunday 31 December 2017
- Venue: Selhurst Park
A win for Manchester City against Crystal Place will see them equal the record winning run in one of Europe’s top five leagues – Bayern Munich, managed by Pep Guardiola, won 19 consecutively in the 2013/14 season.
Despite this scintillating form, after Sergio Aguero went on a run of scoring 14 goals in 13 Premier League games against London teams, Sergio Aguero has only netted just four in his last 12, failing to score on eight occasions in this run. However, the Argentine has bagged three goals in his last three appearances against Crystal Palace in the top-flight, assisting two more goals in those matches.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola: “It’s not easy to maintain our focus in [the festive] period, everyone is on holiday, everyone has a party at home.
“To be focused after 17 games in a row is not easy but we did it [against Newcastle]. We are so happy to win again and just think about Selhurst Park now.
“Of course we are so happy to break records, because we keep having one more, one more, but when we prepare for games we don’t speak about records, we just speak about what we have to win.”
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson: “We have a few knocks. There’s no doubt that when I see the players tomorrow there will be several doubtful. Not necessarily serious injuries, but they may be sufficient to keep them out [against] Man City. The squad is not enormous.
“I know our fans will be back on Sunday to support us in the same way. We’ll put out the best 11 we can and those players will be doing their level best.”