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- Manchester City have won 17 of their last 18 matches away from The Etihad Stadium.
- Crystal Palace have scored in each of their last five Premier League games.
- Palace have won only one of their last 13 meetings with Man City.
- Man City have scored exactly twice in six of their last seven games on the road.
Palace with little to play for
The Eagles are hovering in midtable limbo with a handful of fixtures left to contest and with little left to play for, Crystal Palace could struggle to halt Manchester City’s march towards the Premier League title.
A haul of just two wins from their last ten assignments suggests Palace have been going through the motions for a while, though they did show in flashes and patches during their 2-1 reverse at Leicester on Monday that they can still be awkward opponents.
The Londoners have won only one of their last 13 meetings with Man City however, and they should find it tough to improve that record against a motivated Citizens team at lunchtime on Saturday.
City’s continental confidence-builder
Manchester City produced a rousing second-half comeback to establish a 2-1 first-leg lead in a pulsating Champions League semi-final bout with PSG on Wednesday evening, and with their tails up, they are huge favourites to push for points at Selhurst Park.
Pep Guardiola’s trophy-hungry troops could be confirmed as Premier League champions this weekend if they beat Palace and Manchester United lose to Liverpool on Sunday, and City should be able to claim the victory they need.
Win but no clean sheet for City?
Pep Guardiola is expected to shuffle his pack on Saturday after City’s energy-sapping midweek skirmish in Paris, and it’s interesting to note that a rotated Citizens team was beaten directly after both legs of their Champions League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund.
City are unlikely to slip to another defeat against Palace, though the Eagles could well plunder a consolation effort against the visitor’s changed XI. Roy Hodgson’s men have notched in each of their last five Premier League outings and they could impact the scoresheet again on Saturday.
The Citizens have won an incredible 18 of their last 19 matches away from the Etihad Stadium however, and even with some stars rested, they should have too much class for Palace.
With that considered, backing the City win and both teams to score combination is favourable at the prices quoted, while our 2-1 correct score prediction tips the champions-elect to score twice for the sixth time in seven away tests.
Crystal Palace injuries and team news
Mamadou Sakho, James Tomkins, Wayne Hennessey and Nathan Ferguson will all miss out for Palace, while Gary Cahill, Connor Wickham and James McArthur are considered doubtful.
Manchester City injures and team news
John Stones is suspended for City, though Pep Guardiola has a full squad to choose from elsewhere
Expect to see a much-changed City team at Selhurst Park after their taxing midweek fixture, with Raheem Stelring, Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero, Fernandinho, Nathan Ake and Aymeric Laporte all pushing to start.