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Manchester City Seek to Bounce Back from EFL Cup Heartbreak

Manchester City Seek to Bounce Back from EFL Cup Heartbreak

Manchester City face Crystal Palace on Saturday, seeking to overcome a heartbreaking loss to West Ham United in the EFL Cup.

Manchester City will face Crystal Palace on Saturday, with the champions currently occupying third place in the table after nine games, while Palace are now down to 15th after four successive draws.

In their last Premier League match, City thrashed Brighton & Hove Albion by a scoreline of 4-1.

Phil Foden bagged a goal while Ilkay Gundogan and Riyad Mahrez also found the back of the net at the Amex Stadium, with Alexis Mac Allister’s penalty proving to be little more than a consolation for the home side.

However, Phil Foden’s display was markedly worse against West Ham in the EFL Cup game in midweek, having failed to convert from 12 yards as West Ham United advanced to the quarter-finals.

Pep Guardiola, though, still has a lot to play for as third-placed City seek to keep the pressure on Liverpool and Chelsea, who are one and two points ahead of them in the top three of the table.

Since their opening-day defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, City are now unbeaten in eight Premier League games, and their tally of 12 goals on home soil is the second-best record in the league behind Chelsea’s 16.

In terms of injuries, City continue to cope without Ferran Torres as he works his way back from a foot fracture, but Pep Guardiola otherwise has no fresh injury concerns to work around for this contest.

Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, and Joao Cancelo are all set to return to the first XI after being given rest for the EFL Cup tie, while Mahrez and Raheem Sterling may drop to the bench as Gabriel Jesus and Jack Grealish take their place.

Look for City to gain plenty of goals over Palace, thrashing them 4-0.

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