Crystal Palace versus Manchester City gets underway…
The lights are dimmed and a message in support of Ukraine is shown around the ground, to a big standing ovation.
A bit of a worry for Palace during the warm-up as Zaha looked to have picked up a knock to his foot. No changes to the hosts’ line-up though, with kick-off only five minutes away.
Jack Rosser at Selhurst Park
The pitch here is being heavily watered and already, 10 minutes before kick off, looks rather boggy. Palace trying to do all they can to slow Manchester City down?
Patrick Vieira is looking for his side to be bold – in the right moments – against the league leaders.
“City are still City,” he says on Sky. “We will not have as much possession as we want to.
“Today is about playing well and defending well as a team, being patient, then we have to be brave going forward and create problems with confidence.”
Pep Guardiola believes Man City’s defeat at the Etihad earlier this season will have no bearing on tonight’s game.
He tells Sky Sports: “That was a long time ago, it doesn’t matter – every time we come here it’s a tough test.”
Can Olise terorrise his old team?
The phrase “men against boys” is often used when describing Manchester City’s matches, but it won’t be one that worries Michael Olise should he feature for Crystal Palace tonight.
It may even bring back fond memories.
“He was 14 at the time and came to play with my seven-a-side team,” says Sean Conlon.
“Against semi-pro adults, he was the best player on the pitch. He was that good.”
Read Matt Verri’s full report into the Palace star.
Crystal Palace: 9/1
Man City: 3/10
To finish in the top 10 this season
Crystal Palace: 5/2
To win the Premier League title this season
Man City: 2/7
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Kick-off in 30 minutes!
Final preparations are underway in south London.