Crystal Palace's Christian Benteke ruled out for clash with Manchester United

  • Crystal Palace's Christian Benteke ruled out for clash with Manchester United

Crystal Palace's Christian Benteke ruled out for clash with Manchester United

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City secured another emphatic victory over a Premier League side on Saturday afternoon, smashing five past the helpless Crystal Palace.

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes said that his former side finally looks like a team capable of mounting a challenge for the Premier League title.

Manchester City yesterday thrashed Crystal Palace 5-0 at the Ethihad Stadium and equalled a remarkable record set by Blackburn Rovers in the 1958-59 season.

"(My players) have to have respect for the opponent. But we knew that before, so it's not a complaint in those terms.

Guardiola has a number of in-form players to choose from within his ranks now, but he has made it clear to every squad member that no position is safe and that any slight drop in performance could lead to them being replaced.

"If you have to play in a competition you have to play in it".

But champions Chelsea are just three points behind and Guardiola insists it is too early to write off any of last season's top-six, which also includes Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal.

Sergio Aguero got in on the act, converting another pinpoint cross from Sane, before Fabian Delph rounded things off with the pick of the bunch. I need them sharp.

With six goals and two assists, he has now been involved in more goals in his first six Premier League appearances than any other Chelsea player. "I know they have more problems in the Champions League", said Guardiola. "It is not necessary to tell them. They should feel stronger by then".

"That is the best way". But, we are going for a 4-0 home win as our prediction in this game, and you can back our tip at the best odds of 10/1 at Betfair.

They finished trophy-less last time around and at the start of 2015-16, under the Catalan's predecessor Manuel Pellegrini, City won their opening five Premier League matches before limping to a fourth-place finish. Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho had good efforts but to no avail and Guardiola stated that there are areas in need of improvement in his side and their finishing. The left-back turned winger was meant to be a pacey outlet who could both defend and attack down that flank, but in the end, he did neither, causing Palace to play with 10 men.