Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is determined to avoid any slip-ups at Crystal Palace this weekend.

After outings in the FA Cup and Champions League in the past week, quadruple-chasing City turn their attention back to their Premier League title challenge at Selhurst Park on Sunday.

Some pundits have identified the match as a potential banana skin as they look for the key games where City's tight battle with Liverpool for top spot will be won and lost.

Palace beat City when the sides met at the Etihad Stadium in December but Guardiola insists City will be ready for the challenge.

When it was put to him it could be a dangerous game, the Spaniard said at a press conference: "That's true, we knew it weeks ago.

"Selhurst Park is always difficult, not just for the stadium itself and the quality of the players they have.

"In all departments they are really well organised and they have quality players to do actions one against one, one against two, one against three.

"There are six games to finish the Premier League. We know what we are playing for and we are going to prepare well."

City's 3-2 loss to Palace before Christmas came in a run of three defeats in four games that temporarily handed the initiative to Liverpool.

City have since recovered to reclaim control of their own destiny, although they head into the weekend trailing the Reds by two points with a game in hand.

Palace have been inconsistent since but they are clear of the relegation battle and on course for a mid-table finish.

Guardiola said: "They've done so well. I think they are 11 points out from the relegation zone.
"They've had incredible results. They are a team with a lot of quality players. Of the teams in those positions they are one of the ones with the better quality.

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson

"Roy Hodgson is an experienced manager with a lot of qualities. He's had a lot of different experiences in different countries. He knows how to handle these situations.

"We cannot forget last season. He took over in a position (from where) nobody trusted they would stay in the Premier League but he did it. This season he has continued what he has done."

Meanwhile, the Crystal Palace manager hopes his side can produce another "unbelievable" defensive performance against City.

Hodgson masterminded a memorable 3-2 victory for the Eagles at the Etihad Stadium just before Christmas in what remains the only home league defeat for Pep Guardiola's men.

The Former England boss knows just what a formidable challenge his side will face again - and now without defender James Tomkins, who is set to miss the remainder of the campaign following groin surgery.

"The only way you are ever going to get a result against them is first of all if your defence is in unbelievable form and players are prepared to work harder than perhaps they ever have on the field before," he said.

"We know that the opponents do not have weaknesses, and what is more, how hard they work.

"The major formula, if you like, for getting a positive result is you know you are not going to have the ball as much as they are, you know you are not going to get as many chances as they will have.

"You have got to make certain that when you get your chance you take it, which is pretty much what happened at Man City.

"I can't come off there saying 'we beat Man City 3-2 because we outplayed them from start to finish' because they had the ball for the best part of the time and had more opportunities to score.

"But luckily enough we defended well enough and took our own chances, it will be no different at Selhurst Park."

Guardiola's side will be looking for a response following the midweek 1-0 loss in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at Tottenham.

Hodgson, whose side sit on 39 points as they aim to stay clear of trouble, is in no doubt of just what challenges awaits.

"As much as I like playing at home, with the atmosphere and the support we get from the crowd, it doesn't alter the fact that we're playing a team which most people regard as one of the best teams in Europe, not purely in the Premier League," he said.