Crystal Palace travelled to the Etihad Stadium in Manchester to play a Manchester City team full of confidence after spanking Watford last week.

Match Facts

General Information

  • Date: 23rd September 2017
  • Competition: English Premier League
  • Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • Attendance: 53,526
  • Referee: N. Swarbrick

Match Result

Manchester City 5-0 Crystal Palace
Mendy 25′, Danilo 56′, Sane 75′ Yellow Cards Schlupp 76′
Red Cards
Sane 44′, Sterling 51′, Sterling 56′, Aguero 79′, Delph 89′ Goal Scorers

The Expat Eagle’s Verdict

This week I’ve been on a break in Stockholm and just returned from a cruise to Finland when the game began. As a result, I can’t write a match opinion about the game itself.

What I can comment on is I was expecting a mauling and predicted a 5-0 defeat just like we got last season. The team didn’t disappoint.

It seems Hodgson picked the team that most fans wanted to see picked, with the exception of the injured Zaha. Ward and Puncheon were dropped Luka was restored so I don’t see what more could have been done with team selection.

Benteke went off with an injury, I hope for our sake it is only a minor injury. Let’s face it, we’re going to get a hiding next week too so he may as well sit it out.

As I mentioned, I didn’t see the game so I can’t comment on the fight or passion the team played with but I really don’t see why some fans are jumping out of their prams. This game and the next two are ‘dead rubbers’ so let’s start to judge the team and the manager after Chelsea has been and gone.

Palace performed as expected and anything less than a defeat by 3 goals would have felt like a moral victory. We didn’t get that so I don’t think the situation is better or worse than last week.

Verdict: A par performance by Palace with a team most fans would have picked.

Player Ratings

Manchester City (4141) 7.59 Crystal Palace (4231) 6.59
Ederson
Walker
Mendy
Stones
Otamendi
Fernandinho
Sane
de Bruyne
Silva
Sterling
Aguero
6.9
6.9
6.3
7.2
7.1
7.8
10.0
7.5
8.7
8.2
8.9
Hennessey
Fosu-Mensah
van Aanholt
Dann
Sakho
Milivojevic
Cabaye
Townsend
Loftus-Cheek
Schlupp
Benteke
5.8
6.3
6.8
5.8
5.5
6.3
6.3
6.4
6.4
5.9
6.4
Delph
Silva
Danilo
Bravo
Jesus
Mangala
Toure
7.6
6.3
6.9
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Puncheon
Sako
Speroni
Riedewald
Tomkins
Ward
McArthur
5.8
5.8
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A

Match rating courtesy of WhoScored.

Match Statistics

Manchester City
5-0
Crystal Palace
72
25
9
8
8
8
8
0
0
6
3
725
6
Ball Possession %
Goal Attempts
On Target
Off Target
Blocked Shots
Free Kicks
Corner Kicks
Offsides
Goalkeeper Saves
Fouls
Yellow Cards
Total Passes
Tackles
28
5
0
2
3
6
2
1
4
7
1
280
17

Match statistics courtesy of WhoScored.