Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester City: Pep Guardiola's side back to winning ways in the Premier League

Manchester City celebrate David Silva's goal against Crystal Palace
Manchester City celebrate David Silva's goal against Crystal Palace

Manchester City bounced back in the Premier League to win 2-0 at Crystal Palace and cut the gap at the top to five points ahead of Liverpool's match at Manchester United on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola's side scored twice in two first-half minutes after a stellar performance from Wayne Hennessey had kept them at bay for much of the opening period. Gabriel Jesus (39) nodded home before David Silva (41) tucked home through the goalkeeper's legs.

But Crystal Palace gave them some frights after the break, with Christian Benteke smacking the crossbar and Ederson forced into a superb save from a Wilfried Zaha shot with two minutes of normal time to play.


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David Silva scores sublime volley | Crystal Palace 0-2 Man City | Premier League Highlights


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GABRIEL JESUS (via Sky Sports)

"We know when we come to Palace it's always difficult for us.

"I have to improve my football all the time. I have Aguero with me who is a legend for City, the top scorer for the club.

"I am very happy because last season I had a very difficult start. This season is going to be different for me. I work hard but I focus on the goal all the time which is why I score a lot."


Opta stats

  • Manchester City have now won 12 of their 14 away Premier League games in 2019 (L2), at least three more than any other club this calendar year.
  • Crystal Palace have lost 10 home league games since the start of last season; of ever-present Premier League sides in this time, only Burnley and Newcastle (both 11) have suffered more such defeats on home soil.
  • In all competitions, Manchester City have won 16 of their last 19 meetings with Crystal Palace (D1 L2), scoring 47 goals in this stretch (2.5 per game).
  • Gabriel Jesus scored his 50th goal for Manchester City in all competitions - the Brazilian has scored in each of his last seven starts for the club.
  • Gabriel Jesus has been directly involved in 58 goals in his 64 starts across all competitions for Manchester City (45 goals, 13 assists), including scoring 21 in his last 20 games when featuring in the starting XI.
  • Manchester City’s David Silva has been directly involved in eight goals in his last seven league starts against Crystal Palace (five goals, three assists).
  • Raheem Sterling has amassed 13 goals and seven assists in just 16 appearances for Manchester City and England combined in 2019-20.
  • There were just 93 seconds between Gabriel Jesus’ opener for Manchester City (38:42) and David Silva doubling the reigning champions’ lead (40:15).

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