Premier League – Kompany set to feature at Palace

Pep Guardiola is confident that Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany will be available for Sunday’s trip to Crystal Palace.

The Belgium international had to be substituted after only 10 minutes on Wednesday when City won 1-0 at Newcastle United but Guardiola insists it was only a minor knock.

“Vincent is not as bad as we thought,” said Guardiola. “He will be ready for the next fixtures. We will know exactly on Saturday, but it is not a big issue.”

Guardiola is also upbeat about the chances of Fabian Delph featuring against Palace but defender John Stones is once again set to miss out because of a hamstring injury.

“Fabian was not fit for Newcastle, but he is much better now. We will see. Fabian is a similar case to Vincent – he knows his body,” added the City boss.

“John Stones is also much better. I think he will be fit for the next game (Watford) which is huge news for us.”

City have won a record 18 Premier League games in a row and can be backed at 2/7 to triumph again at Crystal Palace on Sunday with a 2-0 victory for the visitors to Selhurst Park available at 7/1.

Meanwhile, Guardiola is happy to praise Nicolas Otamendi who has been outstanding this season after being criticised for some of his performances last term.

He added: “Everybody has spoken about a lot of players like Raheem [Sterling], Kevin [de Bruyne], Sergio [Aguero]. They deserve it, but if I can point some attention to a player who deserves the respect is Nico.

“He has been amazing – he is one of the hugest competitors I have ever seen in my life. I cannot imagine the situation we are in at the moment in terms of the table without him. It would have been impossible.”

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