Manchester City vs Crystal Palace
English Premier League
Date: Saturday, 22 December 2018
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: Etihad Stadium (Manchester).
Manchester City managed to survive mid-week’s Leicester City threat in the League Cup quarter-final to advance into the last four in the competition. Pep Guardiola sent a mixed line-up on the pitch, but the starting line-up feature two important likes of Kevin de Bruyne and Sergio Aguero who both skipped most of games over the last couple of weeks.
It was just the Belgian midfielder who opened up the scoring for the Citizens 18 minutes into the game at King Power. Nonetheless, City failed to close the game as Marc Albrighton’s late equalizer sent it to penalties. Even though Raheem Sterling (came on as a sub) fired wide in an attempt to do “Panenca”, Man City advanced. They thus backed up a 3-1 victory over Everton in the previous round of the Premier League. Their perfect home record (9 wins in 9 games) in the league will be at stake on Saturday afternoon when Crystal Palace come to visit Etihad for the Matchday No 18 tie.
Manchester City vs Crystal Palace: Head-to-head
- The Glaziers managed to end City’s seven-win thread in H2H games by holding it out to a goalless draw on the New Year’s day last December at Selhurst Park.
- City previously clinched two separate 5-0 wins over Palace.
- The Glaziers scored just one goal in past six encounters with the Citizens.
- Man City won four of past six H2H games by at least three goals difference.
Manchester City vs Crystal Palace: Prediction
The visitors moved three points clear off the red zone by beating Leicester City 1-0 at home seven days ago. It was Serbian midfielder Luka Milivojevic who made the difference netting the lone goal just before the break on the occasion.
The head coach Roy Hodgson was particularly happy with team’s defensive efforts against the Foxes as Palace have previously shipped three goals in each of back-to-back losses to Brighton and West Ham.
This should really be a one-way street from the very get go to the end and we expect the hosts to dominate the pitch and claim a demolishing victory by three or more goals difference with ease.
Manchester City vs Crystal Palace: Bet Tips
HT/FT Manchester City/Manchester City @ 1.50 (1/2)
Manchester City -2.5 handicap @ 2.05 (21/20).