Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew is under pressure following his side's slump of four defeats in a row.
With last season's capitulation of two wins in their last 21 league games still fresh in the memory, Pardew can't afford to see Palace slip into the relegation zone this weekend or his position will come under intense scrutiny.
It isn't the best of times for Manchester City to visit Selhurst Park then, but if ever there was a game where The Eagles had to play out of their skin to save their manager's job, this weekend would be it.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola
City have struggled themselves recently but a buoyant win over Barcelona in the Champions League should have been the catalyst to get their title charge back on track.
Middlesbrough had other ideas when they visited the Etihad nicking a point right at the death to frustrate Pep Guardiola's side, but they remain just two points off top spot with victory potentially taking them to the summit of the Premier League once more.
Crystal Palace's Joel Ward in action with Burnley's Sam Vokes
A point and two places above the drop zone is a precarious place for Crystal Palace to be and it could get worse following the visit of Sergio Aguero and co.
The hosts have gone 16 games without keeping a clean sheet and conceded 10 goals in their last three games while City have scored eight in the same time frame, so all signs point to goals on Saturday afternoon.
Palace have lost seven of their last eight games against City and may be without first choice goalkeeper Steve Mandanda who is struggling with a knee injury.
Crystal Palace's Steve Mandanda
The Frenchman has struggled since moving from Marseille in the summer and Wayne Hennessey is in line for a reprieve if Mandanda fails to recover in time.
Loic Remy, Jonathan Benteke and Pape Souare all remain sidelined with long-term problems, but Bakary Sako who's been overlooked for most of the season is fit after being ruled out for the defeat of Burnley before the international break.
Middlesbrough's Antonio Barragan in action with Manchester City's David Silva
The biggest team news for City is whether Guardiola brings Vincent Kompany back into the side after leaving him out against Middlesbrough.
Aleksandar Kolarov filled in alongside John Stones with Nicolas Otamendi surprisingly rested, but with Kompany hoping to put his recurring groin injury behind him for good the Belgian could feature in South London.
Fernando and Bacary Sagna should return to the squad who have kept five clean sheets in their last six Premier League games against Palace but have kept just one clean sheet in their last 11 games.
Manchester City's Bacary Sagna, Claudio Bravo and Pablo Zabaleta celebrates at the end of the match
Sergio Aguero has scored three goals in his last three games and has scored the opening goal on more occasions than any other Premier League player this season with five.
City dominated against Boro with 25 shots and 71% possession and Guardiola will be expecting another performance in a similar vein with more efficiency in front of goal.
Crystal Palace predicted line-up
Manchester City predicted line-up
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