Kick-off: 1730, 19/10/2019
Stadium: Selhurst Park
TV: Sky Sports
Manchester City face a tricky trip to Selhurst Park after losing to Wolves last time out and Crystal Palace are capable of giving the champions a tough work-out.
The Eagles held the Blues to a draw here a couple of seasons ago and won 3-2 at Etihad Stadium last term before being competitive in defeat on home turf.
We reckon 23/20 for Roy Hodgson’s side getting two goals start on the handicap list is the way to go with our opening Crystal Palace vs Man City prediction.
A Look At Crystal Palace’s Betting Odds
Palace went into the international break on a high after coming from behind to prevail 2-1 at West Ham, with Patrick van Aanholt netting from the penalty spot and Jordan Ayew grabbing a late decider.
Ayew had to wait for more than two minutes to celebrate his third goal of the season due to a tight VAR decision, but the Eagles were eventually able to enjoy a first win at London Stadium in four visits.
Hodgson declared: “I thought our performance meant we don’t need to apologise to anyone for winning here.
“To come here and win at a ground we don’t win at very often, breaking that hoodoo, it’s a victory the players not only deserved but worked very hard for.”
That triumph pushed Palace up to sixth in the table, just two points behind City, and they are unbeaten at home.
The Eagles have beaten Aston Villa and Norwich, as well as drawing with Everton and Wolves at Selhurst Park, which will be jumping again for this contest.
Looking at the Crystal Palace vs Man City odds, we reckon 31/10 for the hosts not to lose is a value alternative.
Last Palace line-up: Guaita, Ward, Van Aanholt, Schlupp, Cahill, Kelly, Kouyate, McArthur, McCarthy, Ayew, Zaha.
Palace will have captain Luka Milivojevic available again after suspension but are still without defender Mamadou Sakho, who has a thigh problem, and Connor Wickham now joins him on the sidelines.
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
City will go into this game under pressure after slipping eight points behind Liverpool at the summit when twice caught on the break late on in a 2-0 home loss to Wolves.
That was a second surprising setback of the season for Pep Guardiola’s usually ruthless side, who were also beaten 3-2 at Norwich last month.
Defensive injuries have left the back-to-back champions looking vulnerable, especially in the wake of Vincent Kompany’s summer departure.
“We have definitely dropped too many points in the early part of the season,” accepted German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan.
“It shows that we still have weak points which we have to fix as soon as possible.
“It’s not that easy to take these things and see your biggest rival win all the time, with things that you can’t control.”
The Blues have now conceded in five of their last seven Premier League matches and can expect to be challenged at this tight, intimidating venue.
Let’s add 91/100 for both teams to score to our Crystal Palace vs Man City betting tips.
Last Man City line-up: Ederson, Walker, Cancelo, Otamendi, Gundogan, Rodri, D Silva, Fernandinho, Sterling, Aguero, Mahrez.
City hope to have Kevin De Bruyne (groin), John Stones (thigh) and Benjamin Mendy (hamstring) available.
Sergio Aguero is also fit after a minor niggle prevented him linking up with Argentina last week, but the champions are still without long-term casualties Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sane.
West Ham 1-2 CRYSTAL PALACE – Patrick van Aanholt (pen), Jordan Ayew
MAN CITY 0-2 Wolves
Head-to-head: Palace 1-3 Man City, Man City 2-3 Palace, Palace 0-0 Man City, Man City 5-0 Palace
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