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How we expect Crystal Palace to line up against Man City

A five-man defence helped secure the Eagles a 1-1 draw away to Liverpool and Saturday’s game at the Etihad Stadium could be ripe for a repeat performance.

Palace downed Aston Villa last weekend before easing past Oxford in the Carabao Cup as Vieira made several changes to his starting XI. Michael Olise, Will Hughes and Chris Richards all clocked valuable minutes as Kaden Rodney made his debut in defence.

Few would argue with either an unchanged line-up from the Villa game or a return to the 5-4-1 that earned a point on Merseyside.

Injury absentees include Nathan Ferguson, Jack Butland, James Tomkins and James McArthur.

Vieira will update fans on his Palace team’s condition on Friday during his pre-match press conference.

Predicted Crystal Palace XI: Guaita; Clyne, Ward, Guehi, Andersen, Mitchell; Ayew, Doucoure, Schlupp, Eze; Zaha.

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