Few can claim to be in better knick than Crystal Palace of late and victory for Manchester City on this Selhurst Park sojourn is by no means as cut and dried as odds of 11/25 are making out.
The 6/1 afforded to the Eagles represents unheard of generosity from the bookies, who don’t appear to have taken neither the south Londoners’ hot streak or City’s susceptibility away from their Etihad stronghold into consideration.
A share of the spoils is fairly beefy too at 13/4, but if cavalier punting in search of big bounties isn’t your style, then the 7/4 about a home win or draw double chance wager is a must.
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Rubbish, you say? Man City will muller them, will they? These factors beg to differ:
Palace have vanquished five opponents in succession to snare top-flight survival for the first time in their history.
The five fallen foes include big hitters such as Chelsea and Everton, while only three teams have been able to best Croydon’s finest on their own patch during Tony Pulis’ short, but glorious tenure.
Aston Villa, Sunderland and Cardiff have all emerged victorious from games hosting Manuel Pellegrini’s men.
These shock losses all occurred early in the season, granted, but they’ve failed to win four of their last six jaunts ahead of this one and, hardly the epitome of consistency, they recently came to within two minutes of losing at home to the Black Cats too.
The Toffees are the only side in five to have the attacking acumen to breach the Palace backline.
Cardiff plundered three against table-topping Liverpool at home, they couldn’t manage a single one when entertaining Palace.
This isn’t something the Bluebirds should be ashamed of, however, as the Eagles’ rearguard also proved too stern for Chelsea, Aston Villa and West Ham to perforate.
Man City’s record is surprisingly not so hot against those based in the bottom ten.
If the league table was comprised on results with lower-echelon lying sides, the Citizens would be situated outside of the Champions League places.
They’ve failed to win five games against of 17 with those sitting in the bottom ten and Palace are primed to make it six.