Kick-off: 1500, 22/12/2018
Stadium: Etihad Stadium
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What Trueform says for Man City vs Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace have taken some hidings at Etihad Stadium in recent years but our Trueform ratings suggest they can be more competitive away to Manchester City this term.
The Eagles should be buoyed by last week’s Premier League win over Leicester, who took the Citizens to penalties in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night.
We reckon 21/20 for both teams to score is the way to go with our opening Man City vs Crystal Palace prediction.
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
This will already be City’s seventh game of the month and Pep Guardiola may opt to shuffle his pack ahead of a busy Festive programme.
Getting Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero back from injury for the midweek trip to King Power Stadium was a boost, with the Belgium midfielder scoring in a 1-1 draw in normal time.
Rookie goalkeeper Arijanet Muric then shone in a shoot-out, but it was another tiring night for the likes of Kyle Walker and John Stones.
“I don’t know how the legs will be sustained for the rest of the season, but it’s better to be in the semi-final than to be out,” declared Guardiola.
However, this match begins a run of four Premier League fixtures in 13 days, culminating with the visit of Liverpool, and we fear something may have to give.
Looking at the Man City vs Crystal Palace odds, there could be some value in taking 31/20 for the Eagles with two goals start on the handicap market.
Last Man City EPL line-up: Ederson, Walker, Laporte, Otamendi, Gundogan, Delph, B Silva, Fernandinho, Sane, Mahrez, Jesus.
City are still without playmaker David Silva due to a hamstring injury, Vincent Kompany is also out with a knock and defender Danilo remains a doubt.
A Look At Crystal Palace’s Betting Odds
Palace should head north in a positive mood after pulling three points clear of the relegation zone with a 1-0 defeat of Leicester.
Luka Milivojevic struck for the Eagles on 39 minutes and summer signing Vicente Guaita marked his belated Premier League debut by saving well from Jamie Vardy in the second half.
The Spanish shot-stopper filled in after Wayne Hennessey suffered back spasms and has given Roy Hodgson a welcome boost.
“He’s impressed me since he stepped into the club,” said the manager. “Wayne was playing really, really well and there was no reason for me to deprive him of his place.
“So poor Vicente has had to wait to show what he can do, but I was never in any doubt that he would be a good goalkeeper and do well for us.”
Hodgson will also be relieved to have Wilfried Zaha back from suspension and he should be raring to go following a fortnight’s rest.
Let’s take a punt on the former Manchester United winger to score at anytime at 7/2 to finish off our Man City vs Crystal Palace betting tips.
Last Palace line-up: Guaita, Van Aanholt, Sakho, Wan-Bissaka, Kelly, Milivojevic, Meyer, Kouyate, Townsend, McArthur, Ayew.
Cheikhou Kouyate is a doubt owing to a knock, Martin Kelly is expected to miss out due to an adductor muscle strain and Hennessey has also not recovered.
Leicester 1-1 MAN CITY – Kevin De Bruyne
CRYSTAL PALACE 1-0 Leicester – Luka Milivojevic
Head-to-head: Palace 0-0 Man City, Man City 5-0 Palace, Man City 5-0 Palace, Palace 0-3 Man City, Palace 1-3 Man City, Man City 4-0 Palace
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