GW19 Preview: Alvaro Negredo can shine in Manchester City’s clash with Crystal Palace

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He may have had fortune on his side with the winner that saw off Liverpool on Boxing Day, but providing that he’s fully recovered from those exertions then Manchester City’s Alvaro Negredo (£9.7m) might not need luck to impress against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The forward’s winning goal against the determined Reds owed much to an error from Simon Mignolet, but as Tony Pulis’s Palace become the latest team to try and stop City’s winning machine at the Etihad, the Spaniard will be tough to stop.

The Liverpool win was City’s ninth in nine Premier League home games so far this season, and although the performance from the Reds meant that it wasn’t achieved with the same style and brutality as most of the others, it was still an important three points as Manuel Pellegrini’s side continue to stalk top spot in the table.

An expected win over Palace would ensure that they take that No. 1 status ahead of Arsenal’s tricky trip to Newcastle on Sunday afternoon.

It was interesting to note that Pellegrini opted against fielding Negredo upfront alongside Edin Dzeko (£6.7m) against Liverpool, instead giving the Spaniard a lone role upfront supported by three lively attacking midfielders behind him.

Samir Nasri (£8.4m), David Silva (£9.3m) and Jesus Navas (£8.1m) will all expect to start again against Palace, but with these two matches coming so close together then Pellegrini could opt to change things around once more.

One constant in the team remains Yaya Toure (£9.9m) however, and he’ll be crucial in a contest that Negredo should begin having been withdrawn early against the Reds, albeit whilst he was limping.

Monitor the team news right up until that dreaded 11.30am deadline, but if City’s ‘Beast’ is fit then he should be relied upon.

Elsewhere, a second Premier League game in three days for many clubs might well throw up a few surprises in team selection.

Manchester United go to Norwich off the back of their come-from-behind win at Hull, and David Moyes might opt to give Javier Hernandez (£7.2m) a start after he came on for the final half hour at the KC Stadium.

Robin van Persie (£13.6m) has been joined on the sidelines by Phil Jones (£5.8m), whilst Antonio Valencia (£7.1m) is suspended for the trip to Carrow Road. Wayne Rooney (£11.6m) will still be as crucial as ever though.

Joining Valencia on the naughty step is Chelsea’s Ramires (£6.4m), who’ll miss the game of the weekend as Chelsea host a Liverpool side still feeling a sense of injustice from their City loss.

To get anything at Stamford Bridge though, Luis Suarez (£13.2m) and the Reds will have to stop Eden Hazard (£10.0m) and company, with the Belgian hitting the double-figure price range prior to his winner against Swansea which made it seven goals and seven assists in the league this season.

Sunderland can only dream of having a player who is contributing those kind of numbers, but after their shock win at Everton they’ll once again be relying on a sturdy defence as they go to troubled Cardiff.

Black Cats goalkeeper Vito Mannone (£4.3m) accumulated 10 points for the second successive match at Goodison Park, whilst the Black Cats have now kept three clean sheets in a row.

Arsenal will be chasing a similar solidity as they go to Newcastle for what looks to be an intriguing contest.

After seeing off the nine men of Stoke, the likes of Loic Remy (£8.1m) and Yohan Cabaye (£6.7m) will be crucial for the hosts, but the Gunners will be banking on the influence of two stars who’ve recently returned from injury after both impressed and scored against West Ham.

With Olivier Giroud (£8.7m) struggling for goals and Aaron Ramsey (£7.6m) injured, the form of Lukas Podolski (£8.1m) and Theo Walcott (£9.3m) is likely to be crucial.

The latter scored a hat-trick against the Geordies last season, and could be backed to do well against them again here.

@Mark_Jones86

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Posted on December 27, 2013, in GW previews and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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