Kick-off: 1915, 17/01/2021
Stadium: Etihad Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Manchester City have been in a ruthless mood of late and will be chasing an eighth straight win in all competitions when hosting Crystal Palace.
The Blues have only conceded two goals during that clinical run of results and another clean sheet looks to be on the cards this weekend.
Their opponents haven’t scored in three away games since Christmas, so we’re snapping up 4/5 for a home win to nil as our first Man City vs Crystal Palace prediction.
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
City moved up to third in the Premier League table when beating Brighton 1-0 at this venue, with Phil Foden netting his fourth goal in six outings.
The Blues had to withstand a bit of late pressure, but dominated most of that match and should have posted a more convincing scoreline.
Albion keeper Robert Sanchez made several smart saves and Bernardo Silva hit the bar before Raheem Sterling missed an injury-time penalty.
“We dug deep to get the win,” Foden said. “They made it really difficult for us to break them down.
“Overall, I’m very proud of the team, how we kept going until the final whistle and it is a great result.
“We just want to keep going with this form but we just have to think about the next opponent and not too far ahead.
“Hopefully, at the end of the year you are challenging to win the league.”
After being carefully managed in recent seasons, Foden has become more and more influential of late, making four successive starts.
The 20-year-old is City’s top scorer so far this season with eight strikes, as well as hitting a double for England versus Iceland.
Last Man City line-up: Ederson, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko, Cancelo, Gundogan, Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva, Mahrez, Foden.
A Look At Crystal Palace’s Betting Odds
Palace can take heart from their last couple of trips to Etihad Stadium, claiming a shock 3-2 win in December 2018 and drawing 2-2 a year ago.
They return in good heart after Thursday’s goalless stalemate at Arsenal made it five points from three Premier League games.
However, we fear their exertions at Emirates Stadium could take a toll during this even tougher test three days later.
“I think we had to work very hard for that point that we got,” commented Eagles boss Roy Hodgson.
“It took a lot of very disciplined defending, running and energy to get us where we were.”
James Tomkins hit the crossbar with a first-half header against the Gunners, but chances were few and far between at both ends.
Palace had previously gone down 1-0 at Wolves in the FA Cup and were beaten 3-0 by Aston Villa away from home on Boxing Day.
We’re going with 6/1 for a repeat of that last-mentioned scoreline to finish off our Man City vs Crystal Palace betting tips.
Last Palace line-up: Guaita, Ward, Tomkins, Mitchell, Milivojevic, Kouyate, Townsend, McArthur, Eze, Zaha, Benteke.
MAN CITY 1-0 Brighton – Phil Foden
Arsenal 0-0 CRYSTAL PALACE
Head-to-head: Man City 2-2 Crystal Palace, Crystal Palace 0-2 Man City, Crystal Palace 1-3 Man City, Man City 2-3 Crystal Palace
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