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Man City aim to remain top vs. Palace

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Man City continue to cruise as Niasse rescues Koeman's floundering Everton

Manchester City maintained their scintillating form as they cruised past a feeble Crystal Palace.
Pep Guardiola says Leroy Sane didn't deserve to play at the start of the season, but has since improved the "simple things."

After some very unexpected results in the opening weeks of the season, normal service has been resumed in the Premier League with wins for every member of the big six. Yes, Watford, this is the esteem in which we hold you now. And to think, some people tipped them for relegation ... ahem.

At the other end of the table, the misery continues for Crystal Palace, Bournemouth and West Ham, but they can at least take heart from the giant leaps taken by the likes of Everton and Brighton this weekend....

 By David Mooney

Leroy Sane stars as rampant Manchester City thrash Palace

Manchester City thrashed Crystal Palace to go top of the Premier League on goal difference.
Manchester City thrashed Crystal Palace to go top of the Premier League on goal difference.
Manchester City thrashed Crystal Palace to go top of the Premier League on goal difference.
Manchester City thrashed Crystal Palace to go top of the Premier League on goal difference.

The Manchester City juggernaut continued as they hammered Crystal Palace 5-0, laying down another statement of intent to the rest of the Premier League. It's now 16 goals in three top-flight games -- and none conceded -- for Pep Guardiola's side, and by full time it could have been much worse for the Eagles than the five they'd let in.

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Once more, City's attack showed fine moments of movement, clinical finishing and a destructive quality that, despite the plaudits they got last season,...

Manchester City aim to remain top of table against winless Crystal Palace

David Silva
David Silva has scored four goals in six Premier League games for Manchester City against Crystal Palace.

Manchester City will try to remain atop the Premier League table when they welcome Crystal Palace, who have lost all five league games this season, to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

City, unbeaten in seven games in all competitions, have won four times and drawn once in the Premier League thus far, leaving them joint top with Manchester United on 16 points.

They have won nine of their last 10 Premier League games against Palace and 13 of 14 games in all competitions, dating to March 16, 2002. The...

 By David Mooney

Questions remain about Man City's squad depth after win over West Brom

Five different goalscorers were on the scoresheet for Man City vs. Palace from their last meeting back in May.
Craig Burley breaks down Kevin de Bruyne's supposed new Man City contract, where he's set to earn significantly more.
Ale Moreno says Man City's abundance of talent and squad depth is why they're such heavy favourites to win the league.

For 45 minutes on Wednesday night, Manchester City fans could have been forgiven for thinking that, for the first time in a long time, their side had good strength in depth. At half-time in the 2-1 Carabao Cup victory at West Brom, the visitors were leading 1-0 and had few could have complained had they been further in front.

However, the Baggies' revival after the break forced Pep Guardiola's side onto the back foot for long spells -- and but for a great strike from Leroy Sane and some missed chances...

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Crystal Palace ready to face the music at the Etihad vs. Manchester City

Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola could relax after Manchester City scored six goals at Watford.

Last week's 6-0 win at Watford touched perfection for Pep Guardiola's Manchester City. "I am so happy," he said. This time, his catchphrase did not drip with sarcasm. With Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus sharing 11 goals between them, as they feast on the sumptuous service provided by David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne, Crystal Palace look lambs headed to slaughter at the Etihad.

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