City host Roy Hodgson's Palace side, who succumbed to a fifth successive league defeat last weekend without scoring a goal - the worst start in history for an English top-flight club.
With Benteke, Townsend, Puncheon up front there is talent in this side but to date Palace are yet to score in the Premier League.
They may be buoyed by a first win, over Huddersfield in the League Cup, and the first sightings of Mamadou Sakho, a talisman in defence as they avoided the drop last season.
"I like the strikers who are involved in the process to play football". It is possible that Manchester City will not be at their best and that Crystal Palace can capitalize albeit unlikely.
"In the second half, we were what we have been in the last games".
Yet personal recognition has eluded Aguero, despite his consistency - and two Premier League titles - since joining City from Atletico Madrid in 2011.
He has two pure and in-form strikers in Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus.
After making eight changes for the midweek 1-2 victory over West Brom, Pep Guardiola will be expected to bring his main fire power back out on display for the game against Palace with Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva expected to start.
"I knew when I came here I had a lot of work to do".
The Spain global then completed his hat-trick eight minutes from the end, with Azpilicueta teeing him up once more and the striker picking out the back of the net. Honestly, the Belgian needs to return to extended action soon as the manager is being forced to think about his captain's terrible injury record with each week that goes by.
The home side went into the half with a 1-0 lead, but Palace couldn't complain about chances, having seen a good few go to waste in the half. If we continue working at getting better at that, the chances we provide might be a bit clearer and a bit better.
"The goal before half-time was very damaging". We looked reasonably risky on the counter-attack but when they go 1-0 up we have to score. "Two quick goals then and when they get a few up, with their quality, passing and movement it becomes very hard".
That perhaps affected him when he tried to take on one man too many during a second-half run and before the break he opted to go for goal and fired into a defender when an overlapping team-mate may have been a wiser option. "In the end we have been heavily beaten". They then travel to Chelsea for a league game the following Saturday.