Crystal Palace could be running into Manchester City at a good time, with the reigning Premier League champions suffering something of a striker shortage.
Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic are all sidelined, leaving teenager Jose Angel Pozo as the only senior frontman available to Manuel Pellegrini.
The Eagles will be delighted to hear that they will not be facing some of the most fearsome attacking talent in England on Saturday, but they are also aware that there are plenty of other threats.
Neil Warnock has attempted to make light of the situation by revealing that he would love to face such selection headaches.
He believes big-spending City have more than enough depth in their ranks to cope with a minor injury crisis and has even offered to take a couple of international playmakers off their hands if they feel they have too many stars from which to select.
Warnock joked to the Croydon Advertiser: “If they want to loan me David Silva or Samir Nasri, I’d be quite happy to take them on board.
“We’re worrying more about ourselves than them. We have to be on the top of our game to get anything out of it. We’ve been working hard on that this week. City are so bright with their movement, off the ball as well as on it.
“We have to hope they have one or two players below par, and we’ve also got to take chances when they come – that’s the key to winning games.
“In every game we’ve had good chances to score goals and we haven’t taken them. If you get one or two against City, you have to take them. City are on a good run and full of confidence, but so are we, we just need to score goals.”
Palace are on a decent run of form, with only one defeat suffered in their last five top-flight outings.
They have also fared admirably against the big boys this season and will feel that their efforts have deserved greater reward.
The Eagles proved too strong for Liverpool recently and were only edged out by the odd goal in defeats to Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United.