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TL;DR news on Crystal Palace vs Man City at February 19, 2023

After a scrappy first half at Selhurst Park, Sergio Aguero thumped City ahead with a clinical finish before Ferran Torres drilled in a low shot. That ended the resistance of Palace, who stay in 13th place. But once City made their breakthrough when Aguero smashed high into the net, quickly followed by Torres' precise finish, the result was not in doubt. Playing slightly deeper behind Gabriel Jesus, Aguero was at the heart of City's brighter attacking moments in a first half when they lacked quality in the final third of the field. Yet they had not managed a shot on target until the ball came into the Palace box from the left and Aguero took a deft touch to create space and blast a powerful shot into the roof of the net. Now he switches focus to completing the job against PSG on Tuesday and taking City into their first Champions League final. If Pep puts him on and in the right position with great support, he can be just as deadly for Man City. " Floreat Magdalena replied: I bet Palace wish he had "sadly Missed" today. Since that game, the Cityzens have netted seven goals and not conceded even once on their way to three consecutive victories. As for the general trend, Liverpool and Wolves have the easiest games in the coming weeks along with Arsenal, Chelsea and Leicester City while Leeds, Crystal Palace and Everton have tough games. Captaincy Conundrum A Manchester City player would have been the best bet for captaincy this week had you known exactly which ones would start. Given how Pep Guardiola rotates his players, it would be better to avoid handing the armband to any City player as the player may not be involved at all or play just a few minutes as a substitute. Open Privacy Options What's next? Palace travel to Arsenal in the Premier League next Sunday. Newcastle United will be looking for a rare victory away to Crystal Palace when they make the trip to Selhurst Park for Friday's Premier League clash. Palace were poor against Burnley and further changes can be expected, including at the back, with the Cheikou Kouyate and Scott Dann partnership potentially being broken up. Palace are not yet safe from the drop, despite holding a big advantage in points with 10 games of the season remaining, and a win against West Brom would help push them further clear of the drop zone. Get the latest news on Crystal Palace Stay up to date with all the latest with all the latest Crystal Palace news from the team at football.london across our social media channels. When referee Martin Atkinson agreed with VAR Jonathan Moss that Victor Lindelof had handled Ayew's shot from close range, Palace were awarded a spot kick. "But today we played too slowly, too long with the ball and I think against an opponent like Crystal Palace you need to speed up the game to create something.