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Crystal Palace midfielder Barry Bannan has said Manchester City should be worried about trying to keep their Premier League title hopes alive against his in-form side at Selhurst Park on Sunday.
City head into the game on the back Monday night’s 3-1 win against West Brom which has moved them to within six points of league leaders Liverpool with a game in hand.
However, the Reds will play host to Chelsea earlier on Sunday and a win for Brendan Rodgers’ side would take them nine points clear of City, leaving Manuel Pellegrini’s needing a win at Palace to have any realistic hope of winning their second title in three seasons.
The problem facing City is that Tony Pulis’ side are one of the form teams in the Premier League as they will head into the match on the back of five successive wins which has dragged them away from relegation danger and into the safety of mid-table with three games to spare.
And when Scotland international midfielder Bannan was asked if City should be fearful of trying to collect maximum points off his Eagles side this weekend, he told Sky Sports: “They should definitely.
“We’re on a five-game winning run at the minute and we’ve played some very good teams in amongst there as well.
“Obviously we’re safe now as well – we’re playing without any fear and I think for any team coming here to Palace they won’t be looking forward to it.
“Confidence is high and we can’t wait to play the game.”
Palace can be backed at 5.74 to secure the win which would throw a spanner in City’s title bid, while the Citizens are 1.44 to pick up three points and the draw is 4.32.