January 24 2018

Starting against Manchester City

January 24 2018, 01:59 | Sammy Rose

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Some of them are going to rest and the next game play.

Manchester City are on a superb run of form and have raced to the top of the league table ahead of their clash with bottom-of-the-table Crystal Palace at Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

City look like strong title contenders this year and will be looking to prove that further against the struggling Eagles on Saturday.

Mamadou Sakho and Pape Souare (who both featured against Huddersfield in the week) will both be available for the match, and Hodgson has said that Sakho will start.

They kept City at bay with solid first-half performance and nearly broke their scoring duck but Ruben Loftus-Cheek's shot hit the upright.

Liverpool and Watford have also been put to the sword by Guardiola's men over recent weeks and Feyenoord were on the receiving end of a 4-0 beating in City's Champions League opener.

But Guardiola revealed that the 21-year-old had not been ready for his side's early fixtures due to a poor pre-season.

City received an injury boost as tests showed German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan hadn't suffered serious damage to his left knee after limping off at the Hawthorns on his first start in nine months.

"So, we focus on every competition right now and go game by game".

"He didn't arrive good", the Catalan coach said, quoted by the Mirror. So we have to keep doing that.

"It's just September, [it's] game by game and we focus on all competitions now".

City only have a couple of injury issues with Vincent Kompany unlikely to play despite being back in training for over a week.

"In Barcelona all the time it was the same: Shakhtar, Ukraine, who cares which players play - nobody knows them?"

The Catalan, however, is paying little attention to the goal difference column and is simply happy that his players are scoring.

And, according to the Telegraph, Guardiola responded by telling the ball boy to get the ball back into play more quickly.

The impressive Gabriel Jesus was the man to sit out at the weekend as Leroy Sane, one of last season's stars, was handed only his second league start of the campaign. "It's still early and they haven't played the better teams yet". "They feel their team-mates beside them and go "wow, he is good".

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