Crystal Palace vs Manchester City
English Premier League
Date: Sunday, 31st December 2017
Kick-off at 12:00 UK/ 13:00 CET
Venue: Selhurst Park (London).
Palace will feel hard done by the 2-3 defeat to Arsenal last time up. Hodgson will still feel that his team should have taken a point from the game, if not for two wonderful strikes from Alexis Sanchez.
Now that their 8 match unbeaten streak came to an abrupt end, Crystal Palace will be keen to take a respectable result from their final league game of the calendar year 2017. It won’t be an easy task by any means as their opponents are none other than a flawless Manchester City. Besides, at least a point is needed for the Eagles to stay above the relegation zone depending on the results elsewhere.
Manchester City stretched their winning streak in the Premier League to a record 17 games at the expense of Newcastle United on Boxing Day. The result didn’t come pretty with the team managing a slender 1-0 win against a side sitting 1 point above the drop zone.
Yet, the Citizens come with a 100% win record in Premier League away games. And they average a massive 2.5 goals per game in those 10 games. The win at Newcastle on Boxing Day is only the second away game of the season that the team failed to register under 2 goals. Needless to say that Pep’ men remain strong favorites further expand their winning streak.
Crystal Palace vs Manchester City: Head-to-head
The teams met already once this season and Manchester City run rout with a 5-0 win at the Etihad on that occasion.
Manchester City are on a 7 match winning streak against Crystal Palace in all competitions, 6 of them in the Premier League.
Out of the 10 Premier League meetings between the sides, City won 10 while losing the other, which came at the end of 2013/14 season.
Crystal Palace vs Manchester City: Prediction
Crystal Palace are the most improved side since a managerial change this season. But it will be a hard ask to get anything away from a side like Manchester City, despite having the home advantage.
However, I expect a strong performance from the Eagles and they could trouble the Sky Blues in short patches during the game.
Crystal Palace vs Manchester City: Bet Tips
Both teams to Score and Man City to win at 2.55 odds with 888 Sport.
Over 3.5 match goals at 2.12 odds is a decent looking alternate.