Odds: Palace 21/2, Draw 21/4, Man City 1/4
Kick Off: 1200, 31/12/2017
Stadium: Selhurst Park
TV: BT Sport
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What Trueform says for Crystal Palace vs Man City
Crystal Palace’s good recent run came to an end when they lost to Arsenal on Thursday and the omens do not look good for a positive result against Manchester City.
The Blues have won their last seven head-to-head encounters by an aggregate score of 25-2, including a 5-0 romp at Etihad Stadium in September, and go into this game seeking a 19th straight Premier League success.
Pep Guardiola’s side have only conceded a stoppage-time consolation goal by Tottenham in their last four top-flight fixtures.
A Look At Crystal Palace’s Betting Odds
Crystal Palace had put together a fine sequence of eight matches without defeat prior to going down 3-2 to the Gunners, although the quality of opposition during that period was moderate.
Reflecting on Thursday’s loss, Roy Hodgson said: “We didn’t pressurise them as well as they did us, which is a recipe for disaster against a team of their quality.”
City have taken high-pressing tactics to a whole new level under Guardiola, so the fear is that Palace will struggle to keep hold of the ball here.
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
After putting four goals past Swansea, Tottenham and Bournemouth, Manchester City had to settle for a 1-0 win when visiting an incredibly negative Newcastle.
Although slightly lacklustre themselves at St James’ Park, the Blues did hit the woodwork twice and saw Magpies keeper Rob Elliot produce a string of fine saves.
Guardiola admitted: “It’s not easy to maintain our focus. Everyone is on holiday, everyone has a party at home. To be focused after 17 games in a row is not easy, but we did it.”
Raheem Sterling’s 31st-minute strike made it four goals in three games for the England winger and 17 in all competitions this season, including two against Palace at home in September.
CRYSTAL PALACE 2-3 Arsenal – Andros Townsend, James Tomkins
Newcastle 0-1 MAN CITY – Raheem Sterling
Head-to-head: Man City 5-0 Palace, Man City 5-0 Palace, Palace 0-3 Man City, Palace 1-2 Man City, Man City 4-0 Palace, Man City 5-1 Palace
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