Manchester City vs Crystal Palace Predictions
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- Under 3.5 goals were scored in 12 of Man City’s 16 Premier League fixtures this season.
- Crystal Palace have conceded one or fewer goals in five of their last seven games.
- Man City have notched two or fewer goals in 12 of their 16 league assignments this season.
- The Citizens have won seven games on the spin in all competitions.
City on the rise
Manchester City have yet to fully shift through the gears this season, and with goals proving hard to come by, the Citizens are unlikely to blow Crystal Palace away at the Etihad on Sunday.
City’s nervy 1-0 win over Brighton on Wednesday was their seventh victory on the spin in all competitions, and somewhat unusually for Pep Guardiola’s team, their recent success has been built on solid defensive foundations.
With summer signing Ruben Dias looking excelling at centre-half, the Citizens have conceded fewer goals than any other team in the division, and City will be targeting their ninth Premier League shutout of the campaign this weekend.
Palace hold Gunners
Crystal Palace had mid-week responsibilities of their own to tend to on Thursday evening, when the Eagles ground out a useful point at Arsenal in a non-eventful contest at the Emirates Stadium.
Roy Hodgson’s well-drilled outfit have now conceded just one goal in their last three Premier League assignments, and the Eagles will hope to lean on that new-found robustness to frustrate their hosts again on Sunday.
Stick to goals for Sunday
Crystal Palace took four points from their last two trips to the Etihad Stadium, and the Eagles’ sit deep and spring quickly approach could make them a tricky opponent for the Citizens again this weekend.
The dethroned champions and current title favourites haven’t quite been firing on all cylinders this season, and City have notched two or fewer goals in 12 of their 16 Premier League fixtures since the start of the new campaign.
Palace are disciplined enough in defence to make City work for chances on Sunday, and with the uninteresting match result markets best avoided, under 3.5 goals is favoured instead.
In terms of a correct score prediction, a 2-0 City win fits snuggly with how the host’s have been performing this season. Five of the Citizens last six Premier League victories were to nil, though Guardiola’s unusually modest scorers are averaging less than 2.0 goals per game at home this term, and Palace look capable of keeping the scoreline respectable.
Manchester City injuries and team news
Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia and Scott Carson are still out due to COVID-19 related issues, while defensive duo Nathan Ake and Aymeric Laporte are also expected to miss out.
Phil Foden will likely keep his place in the XI after a great run of form, while Brazilian pair Gabriel Jesus and Fernandinho could also be drafted back in.
Crystal Palace injuries and team news
Palace are still without six potential first team players, with Mamadou Sakho, Connor Wickham, Martin Kelly, Wayne Hennessey, Nathan Ferguson and Jeffrey Schlupp all on the sidelines.
Roy Hodson is expected to pair Christian Benteke with Wilfried Zaha up front again.