Manchester City and Crystal Palace look set for another tight contest when they meet in the League Cup at Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.
City were recently held to a goalless draw by derby rivals Manchester United, their first stalemate of the season, ending a run of five wins in all competitions. Prior to that, the Citizens had won seven and lost two in the league, including a 1-0 victory over the Eagles at Selhurst Park in September.
Palace only lost that early league encounter thanks to a 90th-minute goal from Kelechi Iheanacho, and will consider themselves capable of going toe-to-toe with the Premier League leaders. But the Eagles have lost their last two encounters against West Ham and Leicester City, and four of their last six, so they will need to up their game to reach the next round.
The midweek action will come too soon for David Silva (ankle), Fabian Delph (hamstring) and Gael Clichy (ankle), who are all expecting to return to action at the weekend. Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero (both hamstring) are still a few weeks away from recovering.
Palace manager Alan Pardew still has some doubts on the fitness of defender Joel Ward (knee) and forward Connor Wickham (calf/shin), but they could still be in line to feature.