Cole Palmer Receives Warning Ahead Of His Etihad Return vs Man City

Warning Issued to Cole Palmer for His Man City Return: Surprising Etihad Reaction Prediction Revealed

Shaun Wright-Phillips has predicted whether or not Cole Palmer will be given a hostile reception upon his return to the Etihad Stadium this weekend. Manchester City will lock horns with Chelsea on Saturday afternoon as either side hopes to climb the Premier League.

The Blues head into the clash off the back of a 3-1 win against Crystal Palace on Monday night. The following evening, City kickstarted their Champions League knockout stage campaign with a victory over Copenhagen in the Danish capital.

The treble winners have now won each of their last 11 games across all competitions, with their last defeat coming against Aston Villa at the start of December. While City may be enjoying an excellent vein of form, Palmer will be determined to dent his former side’s title bid – just as he did earlier this season.

When Chelsea welcomed Pep Guardiola’s side to Stamford Bridge in November, Palmer buried an equaliser in the dying embers of the clash. Despite snatching two crucial points from City’s grasp, the away end didn’t seem to give him a hard time.

However, this weekend the Blues ace will return to the Etihad Stadium for the first time since leaving in the summer and he could very well be given a hostile reception. Speaking on City’s Match Day Live show, Wright-Phillips predicted whether or not Palmer will be welcomed back with open arms.

“I think he’ll get the same [reception as he did back in November],” said the former Chelsea and City winger. “I don’t think there’s any grievance there between him and the fans. The fans seem like they respected what he did.

“I just think he’s taken it all by storm in many ways because you didn’t think he would go there and be the best player there. He’s gone there and took it in his stride and he’s made things happen for them.

“It will be difficult for him coming back here. He has to make sure he doesn’t get caught in that trap where he’s trying too hard. Because then that normally goes the other way, he just has to be himself. Hopefully, he tries too hard, though.”

Palmer has previously admitted that he never planned to leave City. Speaking to Sky Sports, the 21-year-old midfielder said: “My thing was never to leave City. That was not my intention [to leave].

“I wanted to go on loan for a year, come back and be ready for the first team but he [Guardiola] said I can’t go on loan. You either ‘stay or you get sold.”

Palmer added: “I wanted to just get in the team, play and show what I could do. But to get in the [Chelsea] team straight away and hit the ground running, it has surprised me.”

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