Kick-off: 1500, 18/01/2020
Stadium: Etihad Stadium
Manchester City look back to somewhere near their best going forward, but still seem prone to the occasional defensive lapse ahead of facing Crystal Palace.
The Eagles are a spirited bunch and have scored in five of their last six Premier League matches, so a consolation goal could be within their compass.
Punters can get 29/20 for a home win and both teams to score at Etihad Stadium and that is our opening Man City vs Crystal Palace prediction.
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
City followed up a fine 3-1 EFL Cup win away to neighbours United by hitting Aston Villa for six in this competition, before conceding a stoppage-time penalty.
Sergio Aguero hogged the headlines with a record-breaking hat-trick, his 12th top-flight treble to overtake Alan Shearer in that department.
The Argentina striker also surpassed Thierry Henry as the Premier League’s leading foreign scorer, taking his tally to 177 goals in 255 matches.
Team-mate Kevin De Bruyne commented: “Sergio has been here for nine years or so and to do that on a consistent basis for that long is…wow!
“I’ve been playing with Sergio for five years and the record he’s got speaks for itself.
“Off the pitch too, the way he acts is really good. He’s not one of these that you hear about all the time – he just plays football.”
De Bruyne, meanwhile, has been the king of the assists this term, providing 14 so far, six more than nearest challenger Trent Alexander-Arnold.
However, the Belgium playmaker has a good scoring record himself versus Palace, netting in three of the last five head-to-head encounters at this venue.
Last Man City line-up: Ederson, Stones, Mendy, Cancelo, Rodri, De Bruyne, D Silva, Fernandinho, Jesus, Aguero, Mahrez.
Defender Aymeric Laporte and winger Leroy Sane are the only major absentees for City, but both are close to returning after long-term knee injuries.
A Look At Crystal Palace’s Betting Odds
Palace can take some heart from last season’s surprise 3-2 triumph over City in Manchester and will be hoping lightning strikes twice here.
The Eagles travel north in fair form, having lost just one of nine league games following a 1-1 draw with Arsenal at Selhurst Park.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put the Gunners ahead early on, but Jordan Ayew levelled things up nine minutes into the second period.
Injury-hit Palace couldn’t capitalise on Aubameyang’s 67th-minute dismissal, but Roy Hodgson praised the spirit shown by his players.
Hodgson said: “I think the club is sensible because you need to know the type of players that suit your style of play and will help you.
“They fit the profile of players that are prepared to knuckle down, work for the team and not seek personal glory, but to seek their glory through team performances.”
Looking ahead to this trip, he laughed: “We won there once! It seems like a lifetime away, but we did win a game there and we dine out on that every now and again.”
Palace do tend to keep things tight early on when taking on better teams, with seven contests against top-seven sides this season producing only three goals before the interval.
Unfortunately, all of those were conceded by the Eagles, 27/10 for the Blues to be leading 1-0 at half-time appeals for our Man City vs Crystal Palace betting tips.
Last Palace line-up: Guaita, Tomkins, Cahill, Kelly, Meyer, Kouyate, McArthur, McCarthy, Riedewald, Ayew, Zaha.
Palace midfielder Max Meyer will miss out with an ankle injury, joining captain Luka Milivojevic (suspension), Mamadou Sakho, Patrick Van Aanholt (both hamstring), Jeffrey Schlupp (hip), Andros Townsend (groin) and Christian Benteke (muscle) on the sidelines.
Aston Villa 1-6 MAN CITY – Riyad Mahrez (2), Sergio Aguero (3), Gabriel Jesus
CRYSTAL PALACE 1-1 Arsenal – Jordan Ayew
Head-to-head: Palace 0-2 Man City, Palace 1-3 Man City, Man City 2-3 Palace, Palace 0-0 Man City, Man City 5-0 Palace
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