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Oct 28, 2015 at 7.45pm UK at Etihad Stadium
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Crystal Palace
Bony (22'), De Bruyne (44'), Iheanacho (59'), Toure (76' pen.), Garcia (94')
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Preview: Manchester City vs. Crystal Palace

Sports Mole previews the fourth-round clash in the Capital One Cup between Manchester City and Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City will look to build on their recent dominance at the Etihad Stadium to book their place in the fifth round of the Capital One Cup when they face Crystal Palace.

The Eagles have struggled in the tournament in recent years since reaching the semi-finals in the 2011-12 campaign and will be focused on taking the scalp of the Citizens.

Manchester City

Manuel Pellegrini, manager of Manchester City gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 25, 2015 in Manchester, England.© Getty Images

City put in a dominant display in the third round to coast past Sunderland at the Stadium of Light to seal their place in the fourth round with an emphatic 4-1 victory.

Manuel Pellegrini's men have rallied in recent weeks after losing back-to-back matches in the Premier League to West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur.

City's impressive start to the campaign was ended by those defeats, which had the potential to send the club on a downward spiral, but comprehensive 6-1 and 5-1 victories over Newcastle United and Bournemouth ensured that they remained top of the table.

The team strengthened their position at the summit when they put in a solid display against rivals Manchester United to earn a 0-0 draw from the clash, despite being at their best at Old Trafford.

Pellegrini's side won the competition in the 2013-14 season when they defeated Sunderland in the final, but were knocked out by Newcastle in the third round last year.

The Chilean and his side will have set their sights on regaining the Premier League crown and winning the Champions League, but a trophy win in the competition could ease the pressure on the Citizens going into the end of the campaign as it did two seasons ago.

City will head into the game with confidence following their impressive home form at the start of the campaign, as only West Ham and Juventus have won at the Etihad Stadium this season.

Recent form: W
Recent form (all competitions): LWWWWD

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palaces English manager Alan Pardew awaits kick off in the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion at Selhurst Park in south London on October 3, 2015© Getty Images

Palace's bright start to the season has been halted by back-to-back defeats to West Ham United and Leicester City, which have dropped them out of the top four into seventh place in the Premier League.

It has been a case of hit or miss for Alan Pardew's men in the campaign as they have either won or lost their 12 fixtures in all competitions, winning seven of the games, including two in the Capital One Cup.

The Eagles' strength under Pardew has been their form on the road as they have won nine out of their 13 matches away from Selhurst Park under the tenure of the 54-year-old, including their trip to Stamford Bridge in a 2-1 win over Chelsea earlier this season.

As a result, Palace will travel to the Etihad Stadium with plenty of confidence that they can take advance to the fifth round of the competition, despite their drop in form since the return from the international break.

The Eagles have never won the League Cup and have struggled to reach the latter stages over the past few years, failing to reach the fourth round of the competition since the 2011-12 campaign.

However, Palace have reached the semi-finals on four occasions since the 1990s, but never managed to progress into the final, including their defeat to Cardiff City in 2012 on penalties.

There is enough motivation for Pardew and his men to make a strong fight in the competition, continuing against the Citizens following their success against Shrewsbury Town and Charlton Athletic in the previous rounds.

Recent form: WW
Recent form (all competitions): LWWWLL

Team News

Sergio Aguero of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Watford at the Etihad Stadium on August 29, 2015© Getty Images

City are still without Sergio Aguero (hamstring) and David Silva (ankle) due to injury, while Pellegrini will also be without the services of Fernandinho, who picked up his fifth booking of the season against United earning him a one-match suspension.

Wilfried Bony is expected to lead the line for the Citizens, but Kelechi Iheanacho could feature following his match-winning strike against the Eagles earlier this season. Manu Garcia and Patrick Roberts may also come into contention for City on Wednesday.

Samir Nasri has returned to training this week, but the game may come too soon for him to return to the pitch.

Palace will be boosted by the return from suspension of striker Dwight Gayle after he missed their defeat to Leicester at the weekend, and he is likely to replace Fraizer Campbell to lead the line.

The Eagles are without left-back Pape Souare so Adrian Mariappa will continue in his place, while forwards Connor Wickham and Marouane Chamakh are still out due to injury. Wilfried Zaha could return to the starting lineup after starting on the bench last week.

Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Caballero; Sagna, Kompany, Mangala, Kolarov; Fernando, Garcia, Toure, Roberts, De Bruyne; Bony

Crystal Palace possible starting lineup:
Hennessey; Mariappa, Dann, Hangeland, Kelly; McArthur, Cabaye; Puncheon, Zaha, Bolasie; Gayle

Head To Head

The two sides met earlier this season when Iheanacho struck in the 90th minute to hand City a 1-0 victory at Selhurst Park.

Pellegrini's men recorded a convincing 3-0 win over the Eagles in their last meeting at the Etihad when David Silva notched a brace, while Yaya Toure also got on the scoresheet.

Over the course of history, City have fared better in the contest by securing 25 victories compared to Palace's 15, while 12 of the matches have ended in draws.

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We say: Manchester City 3-1 Crystal Palace

Pellegrini's men have been in imperious form at the Etihad Stadium of late and will be looking to fire in front of goal after drawing a blank in the Manchester derby. Palace have an impressive away record under Pardew, but City will have enough quality in the final third to take their chances to put the game beyond the reach of the Eagles.

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Alan Pardew Manager of Crystal Palace looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and West Ham United at Selhurst Park on October 17, 2015
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