Manchester City have the opportunity to move level on points with leaders Chelsea when they host Crystal Palace in Saturday’s early kick-off.
Despite injuries to key players, City have hit form since the end of November, winning their last five Premier League games as well as making it through in the Champions League against the odds, and with all of their games over the festive period coming against sides from the bottom seven in the table, they have a wonderful chance to enter 2015 in style.
The old hands of Frank Lampard could be crucial in that run, having already made a massive impact in his loan spell at the Etihad Stadium, so much so that City want to keep him for the rest of the season.
Winning here looks to be a tough ask for Palace, but many a time they have shown they are capable of pulling off a shock result, and only a superb goalkeeping performance prevented them from winning at Tottenham in their last away match.
But the Eagles have not quite done the business at home, winning only twice all season at Selhurst Park, and the draw against Stoke City last time out was another missed opportunity as the points were shared in sterile fashion.
Striking trio Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic are all out for Man City, while captain Vincent Kompany is unlikely to play again until the New Year
Fraizer Campbell or Dwight Gayle could come in for Palace with Marouane Chamakh out with a hamstring problem, but Adrian Mariappa is contention to return.
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