Our prediction for this Premier League match:
Following a thrilling win in the Manchester derby, Man City eliminated Sporting CP in the Champions League last 16 to give fans yet another reason for celebration. Pep Guardiola’s men want to win everything, and seeing that Liverpool are still breathing down their neck, Monday’s clash against Crystal Palace is of big importance for the league leaders. In-form midfielder Kevin de Bruyne will be the man to watch in the away side, while Ruben Dias misses out with a hamstring problem.
Joao Cancelo should be fit for the match, while fellow defender Nathan Ake is a major doubt. The Eagles, on the other hand, aim to build on a 2-0 win over Wolverhampton, but they will have a mountain to climb on Matchday 29. Since Palace were beaten by Man City in each of their last three meetings in London, away win should be considered. Both Nathan Ferguson and Joel Ward remain in the recovery room for the hosts.
Highlighted Player (Jean-Philippe Mateta):
A talented French youngster Jean-Philippe Mateta worked his way up through football’s less glamorous landscapes plying his trade at local amateur sides and third-tier outfits before Ligue 1 giants Lyon took notice of his 11 goals in 22 matches and brought him to the big league.
Having failed to make it into the first team in a debut season with Les Gones, Mateta was shipped out to Le Havre, leading the club to promotion play-offs. Bundesliga side Mainz took notice of his ability and came calling in the summer of 2018 after he bagged 17 goals in 35 league matches. An imposing physical presence at his 192cm, Mateta is a mobile forward and a decent dribbler who can finish with both of his feet.
Having worked his way up from the very bottom, Jean-Philippe Mateta is a committed individual determined to make a name for himself. His impressive goalscoring record got rewarded in the form of France U19 call-up in 2017.
Highlighted Team (Man City):
Manchester City are the lest famous of the two major clubs based in Manchester. The club was founded in 1880, but they have been struggling in the English Premier League in the past. Nonetheless, ever since the club was purchased by Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008, the Citizens have been playing an important role in the English top flight.
Manchester City won two Premier League trophies under Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini (2011/2012 and 2013/2014), but both managers eventually paid the price for some disappointing results. Man City play their home games at the Etihad Stadium and the stadium capacity is 55,097.
Manchester United are regarded as Manchester City’s biggest rivals and the likes of Kun Aguero, Carlos Tevez, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Uwe Rosler, Yaya Toure, Sylvain Distin are some of the most remarkable players that played for the Etihad Stadium outfit. Manchester City have won four Premier League titles and five FA Cup trophies and it has to be noted that they made it to the Champions League semis in the 2015/2016 season.