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Manchester City vs Crystal Palace Predictions

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Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace +2

Reason for tip

Palace lost by more than one goal on the road just three times last season, while backing them with a +2 handicap would have landed in 16 of their last 17 league trips. The Eagles were unbeaten against City last term, winning 2-0 away before drawing 0-0 with them at home.

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Draw 2-2

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City drew 3-3 at Newcastle last weekend before another 3-3 draw with Barcelona in a friendly in midweek. City have found themselves two goals behind in three of their last five Premier League matches, but they’ve scored at least twice in each of their last 12 Premier League matches.

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Wilfried Zaha To Score Anytime

Reason for tip

Zaha has scored 11 times in his last 16 Premier League games, including three in two games ahead of this trip. The forward scored within six minutes in Palace’s last visit to the Etihad, so back him to keep his great form going.

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Manchester City vs Crystal Palace Predictions

  • City’s last two 3pm Saturday defeats have come against Crystal Palace
  • The Eagles have taken seven points from their last three visits to the Etihad
  • Zaha has scored 11 times in his last 16 Premier League games

Leaky week for City

Back-to-back 3-3 draws are rare for any side, never mind Manchester City. The Premier League champions followed up Sunday’s dramatic comeback at Newcastle with a friendly visit to Barcelona in midweek. The Citizens played a strong side against Pep Guardiola’s former club, drawing 3-3 in that clash too.

Only one of those games really mattered, but there are concerns for City at the back right now. They are boosted by the fact that their closest challengers last season – Liverpool and Chelsea – both have made poor starts. However, could Palace be the side to catch City out again?

City face bogey side

Manchester City have only lost two of their last 54 Premier League games kicking off at 3pm on a Saturday. However, both of those defeats were at home to Crystal Palace. The Eagles won 2-0 at the Etihad in October, with Patrick Viera out to repeat the trick this weekend.

The Eagles were one of four sides (along with Liverpool, Tottenham and Southampton) to avoid defeat against City last season. They followed up their win at the Etihad with a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park.

The visitors have an impressive record at this ground of late. Palace have taken seven points from their last four Premier League away games against Man City. They should have no fear about heading to the champions this weekend.

In-form Eagles to make things tough

Palace have already made a bright start despite a tough opening schedule. They’re only the second side in Premier League history to face the previous season’s top two in their first two trips, picking up a 1-1 draw at Liverpool.

The Eagles bounced back from a loss to Arsenal to take a point at Anfield, while they won 3-1 against Aston Villa last weekend. Viera’s side are in good shape to cause problems here, especially with Wilfried Zaha in top form.

The forward has scored 11 goals in his last 16 Premier League appearances, including three in his last two matches. He struck the opener at the Etihad last season, so I’m backing Zaha to score against a City defence who look too open.

With Palace looking strong they’re good value with a +2 handicap, which would have paid out in 16 of their 19 away trips last term. I’m also backing a 2-2 correct score given City’s high scoring week and their record against Palace.


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