Crystal Palace v Manchester City preview: Will Pellegrini make this huge call?

first_img1 Sergio Aguero Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini faces a huge decision this evening as he bids to keep his side’s Premier League title hopes alive.The Chilean takes his team to Crystal Palace knowing nothing less than victory will suffice, with Chelsea now nine points ahead of the Citizens, who have dropped to fourth in the table behind the in-form duo of Arsenal and Manchester United.And Pellegrini must now decide who should lead the line in the must-win match at Selhurst Park.When fit, Sergio Aguero has been an automatic choice, but he has not scored a Premier League from open play since February 11 in a 4-1 win at Stoke.He did net his 22nd international goal for Argentina against Ecuador last week, but has not been at his scintillating best on domestic duty in recent weeks.And Pellegrini may be tempted to pick a more powerful attacking line-up against a Palace side that has shown an increased resilience since Alan Pardew returned to south-east London as manager in January.Edin Dzeko, who looks set to leave the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season, sent a timely reminder to Pellegrini last week with a hat-trick for Bosnia against Andorra.Wilfried Bony, meanwhile, scored his first goal for the club following his move from Swansea in City’s 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion immediately before the international break, and his confidence will be high.Will that tempt Pellegrini into leaving Aguero on the sidelines? It would be a brave call, but maybe the right one?last_img

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