FT: Manchester City 1-0 Crystal Palace

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  • FT: Manchester City 1 (Dzeko 66) Crystal Palace 0
  • The hosts have won all nine of their home league fixtures, the latest triumph being Boxing Day's 2-1 success over Liverpool
  • Crystal Palace arrive here on the back of a 1-0 victory at Aston Villa which was secured thanks to Dwight Gayle's stunning 92nd minute strike
  • Pre-match betting odds with Bet365 are: 1-8 Manchester City 9-1 Draw 28-1 Crystal Palace

4:56pm

A report will be on our website soon so keep an eye out for that.

4:56pm

And that ends our online blog. Plenty of positives for Palace to take from this.

4:55pm

Man City 1-0 Crystal Palace: Pulis' side defended bravely but finally undone by Dzeko's 66th minute winner

4:51pm

City counter ends with Dzeko heading ball on to roof of the net

4:50pm

Mariappa's cross goes straight through to Hart

4:49pm

Silva booked for late lunge on Williams

4:46pm

Puncheon's shot deflected behind off Gayle for a goal-kick. It was going wide anyway in fairness.

4:42pm

Gayle on, Bannan off

4:42pm

Delaney booked 

4:39pm

Att: 47,107

4:37pm

Bolasie off and Williams on

4:34pm

Final City change as Kolarov comes on for Milner

4:28pm

Ward then heads wide when unmarked from the corner

4:28pm

Should have been 1-1, ward's volley tipped behind by Hart

4:27pm

Dzeko finishes from inside of the box after being picked out by Navas' low cross

4:25pm

Vital tackle by Clichy prevents Bannan from scoring after playing one-two with Puncheon. Momenmts later Jedinak fires inches over.

4:25pm

Vital tackle by Clichy prevents Bannan from scoring after playing one-two with Puncheon. Momenmts later Jedinak fires inches over.

4:23pm

Puncheon curls a shot wide from outside of the box

4:21pm

More City pressure, more excellent Palace defending

4:18pm

Palace have a corner

4:15pm

City double change: Nasri and Negrado on, Fernandinho and Boyata off

4:12pm

Puncheon denied by Hart from long range.  Then Chamakh heads just over from the corner. Good effort

4:10pm

Just a few internet issues here. City had a corner a few minutes ago but nothing else has really happened.

4:08pm

Second half has just commenced

3:51pm

Manchester City 0-0 Crystal Palace: City have really piled on the pressure in the final 10 minutes but Palace somehow go in level

3:49pm

Last ditch defending from Palace at the moment. They are holding on. Just.

3:48pm

Speroni tips over Fernandinho's header

3:45pm

Should have been 1-0 City as Fernandinho gets past Mariappa and then volleys inches over

3:43pm

Not quite the cricket score many were expecting. Palace defending well but will be a big ask to maintain this for 90 minutes

3:41pm

Silva cuts inside Bannan after just keeping ball in play and then fires over

3:39pm

Palace win a free-kick in their own area after Mariappa kicked in face accidentlly by Boyata while going for the ball

3:33pm

Jerome coming off after he and Hart were both injured going for the ball. Chamakh about to be introduced

3:30pm

Jerome and Hart getting treatment after colliding while going for the ball

3:29pm

Bolasie again gets free in the box, puts in a cross but headed clear

3:29pm

Bolasie unmarked in the area but makes poor connection and shot savedBolasie unmarked in the area but makes poor connection and shot saved

3:25pm

Milner's effort takes a deflection and goes behind, corner comes to nothing

3:25pm

Milner's effort takes a deflection and goes behind, corner comes to nothing

3:23pm

Dzeko's header goes behind via the head of Ward 

3:21pm

Navas sees his volley blocked and then Milner blazes a shot just over moments later 

3:19pm

Parr puts in a cross but no Palace player anyway close to meeting it

3:17pm

Bolasie has a shot from outside of the box which flies off target

3:12pm

Silva fires about a foot wide from outside of the box

3:08pm

Fernandinho's shot deflected behind via the head of Gabbidon

3:05pm

Dzeko drags a low shot just wide

3:04pm

Dzeko unable to get on the end of a cross and the ball goes harmlessly behind

3:00pm

We're off and running

2:56pm

The two teams are out on the pitch and doing the handshakes

2:44pm

Just taken my seat in the press box, 15 minutes until kick-off and the stands are filling out.

2:23pm

2:11pm

Their bench isn't bad either: Pantilimon, Lescott, Kolarov, Yaya Toure, Rodwell, Negredo, Nasri

2:09pm

Manchester City: Hart, Boyata, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy, Garcia, Fernandinho, Navas, Silva, Milner, Dzeko.

2:09pm

Crystal Palace subs: Price, Moxey, Campana, Jonny Williams, Phillips, Gayle, Chamakh.

2:07pm

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Mariappa, Gabbidon, Delaney, Parr, Ward, Jedinak, Bannan, Puncheon, Bolasie, Jerome.

2:03pm

Hello from the Etihad. I've had my pre-match meal and beer (free bar so would have been rude to say no) and am now awaiting team news.

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