Crystal Palace v Manchester City Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Crystal Palace v Manchester City

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Saturday, October 19, 2019


Selhurst Park

Punter's Pick

Unsurprisingly, Manchester City start this game as strong favourites and there is little value in backing them as an outright winner. These two teams have played out some entertaining games and with both having much of their attacking talent on the wings, the over corners market seems like the best market. Bet365 are offering evens (1/1) on over 10 corners which we feel is excellent value considering this has materialised in their last three games. Manchester City can also be backed for a -3 corner handicap at 5/6 which they achieved in both games last season.

Crystal Palace welcome champions Manchester City to Selhurst Park for the late kick-off on Saturday afternoon. Only two points separate the teams as both are riding high at the start of the season. Will City cut Liverpool’s lead down to five points or can Crystal Palace leapfrog them with a shock victory?

Crystal Palace come into this game having secured back to back victories prior to the international break. An assured 2-0 victory over Norwich City was followed by a 2-1 away win at West Ham courtesy of a late winner from Jordan Ayew, and they will be looking to secure another victory over one of the Manchester teams. Their standout victory this season was a 2-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford where Patrick van Aanholt scored a dramatic late winner to show that Roy Hodgson’s men have set their stall out for bigger things this season and they will be confident going into this one. The team have also coped well with the transfer wranglings surrounding Wilfried Zaha’s future, with the winger putting in some committed performances to lift the team to 6th place.

Manchester City enjoyed a fine run of five straight wins before their shock 2-0 loss at home to Wolves. The team seemed to have sorted out their defensive issues that arose from the 3-2 loss to Norwich City but they were again found out when they couldn’t break down a resolute Wolves side and conceded two late breakaway goals courtesy of Adama Traore. Pep Guardiola will be desperate for John Stones to return so he can have a specialist defensive backline as he will want Fernandinho playing a little further up the park to provide cover. It will be interesting to see how the champions react to the strong start made by Liverpool and if doubt is now creeping into their own ability to maintain the intensity needed to keep up in the title race.

In team news, Crystal Palace will welcome back captain Luka Milivojevic who is available after serving a suspension. Defender Mamadou Sakho is out with a muscle strain while Connor Wickham remains out with a long-term injury. Palace will most likely opt for Jordan Ayew to lead the line with the likes of Zaha and Andros Townsend supporting from midfield.

Manchester City will be boosted by the returns of Kevin De Bruyne, Benjamin Mendy and John Stones who will be available for selection. Which of these players, if any, play will be a key decision for Guardiola who will need to ensure they are able to maintain their sharpness having just returned. Segio Aguero was involved in a car crash earlier in the week but is fit to play. The manager however may opt for Gabriel Jesus to allow some additional time for his star striker to recover.

In recent meetings, these two teams have produced some entertaining encounters. Crystal Palace shocked the champions last season by beating them 3-2 at the Etihad courtesy of goals from Jeffrey Schlupp, Andros Townsend and Luka Milivojevic. Fans will remember Townsend’s strike in particular as it was one of the goals of the season, the winger striking the ball on the volley from approximately 25 yards out and into the top corner. City did get their revenge by running out 3-1 winners in the reverse fixture with Gabriel Jesus bagging a brace.

Punter's Pick

Unsurprisingly, Manchester City start this game as strong favourites and there is little value in backing them as an outright winner. These two teams have played out some entertaining games and with both having much of their attacking talent on the wings, the over corners market seems like the best market. Bet365 are offering evens (1/1) on over 10 corners which we feel is excellent value considering this has materialised in their last three games. Manchester City can also be backed for a -3 corner handicap at 5/6 which they achieved in both games last season.

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