The match is over.
Manchester City can ill afford another slip up as they attempt to close the gap at the top of the Premier League to Liverpool but Crystal Palace have proven a thorn in many a side this season and will look to stick it to the champions.
The pair were surprisingly closely matched last season both sharing a win apiece. Goals were also not shy in coming as the both netted at home and away. That theme has largely continued this season as the Eagles have scored in five of their last six Premier League games as they fly up the table. Pep Guardiola’s City have also scored in every away game they have played this campaign in all competitions making both teams to score the way to go for value with popular sportsbooks in this one.
Correct score bets always offer value with online betting sites and this game is no different. We like the look of a City 3-1 win mainly because in three of the last six meetings between the two, the winning team has netted exactly three goals. We also believe that both teams will score making 3-1 the obvious way to go. Ironically, City have also scored exactly three goals in three of their last games making three the magic number.
We love a first half bet here as it means the chance of an early payout and there is a reason why this could be heading for a draw at the halftime mark. City have been less than prolific of late in the first half having netted only once in their last three games in all competitions before the break. Palace have also only scored once in the first half in the Premier League in their last four meaning we could be heading for a halftime 0-0, 1-1 at best.
Head to Head
Two wins in the last four years over City in the Premier League is a better result than many have managed with the most recent of those two Palace wins coming last season when the Eagles recorded a famous 3-2 win at the Etihad. City got their revenge though by winning 3-1 in their last meeting at Selhurst Park in April this year. Overall, Crystal Palace have claimed 16 wins with Manchester City recording 32 victories and a total of 13 draws in all competitions.
Manchester City to win and both teams to score
It is often difficult finding a reason not to back a Manchester City win and although Palace are having a strong season, there is little suggest they will get one over Pep Guardiola’s charges. However, as the Eagles have scored in five of their last six Premier League games, the expectation is the home side will make the champions sweat a little in a 90 minutes City won’t forget in a hurry.
Darren Williamson is an experienced soccer writer and tipster, covering everything from the Premier League to League Two. Darren also closely follows European soccer, cricket, and tennis and lives just outside London with his family. He counts music, food and travel among his non-sporting interests, but can’t go too long without taking in a sporting event or two.
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