Defending Champions Manchester City will continue their Premier League title defense when they take on Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Manchester City claimed a convincing 4-1 win at Brighton over the weekend, becoming just the second Premier League team to beat the ‘Seagulls this season. They now sit third in the premier league table after six wins, two draws, and one loss – two points adrift league leaders Chelsea. They have scored 20 goals and conceded just four in the premier league so far. Ferran Torres and Liam Delap remain sidelined with injuries. Raheem Sterling is a major doubt.
Crystal Palace has put up stellar performances under new boss Patrick Viera. However, results have not been favourable as they have struggled to stamp their authority in the premier league. With two losses and four consecutive draws, a strong performance is expected against Pep Guardiola’s men. A 1-1 draw against Newcastle in their last premier league outing was the third time they have failed to hang on to three points this season. They sit 15th in the premier league table with just nine points in nine games. Long-term absentees Eberechi Eze and Nathan Ferguson are unavailable. Wilfred Zaha came on in the final minutes of the last game and is set to start here.
Manchester City has lost just once in their last ten premier league meetings with Crystal Palace. Manchester City are unbeaten at home this season scoring over 2.5 in four of their last six matches on home soil. Crystal Palace has seen BTTS in their last four premier league games and are with just two clean sheets so far thIs season. Following Crystal Palace defensive woes, we are backing a comfortable win for the Citizens.
PREDICTION: MAN CITY WIN 2-0/2-1/3-0/3-1
ACCUMULATOR TIP: MAN CITY OVER 1.5 TEAM GOALS