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

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Crystal Palace v Manchester City

Premier League: Sun, 14/04  Stadium: Selhurst Park

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The bookies are heavily favouring a City win and there is little value in backing this outright. The two teams can be expansive with much of their play going through their wingers which has been highly conducive to corners in previous fixtures. Over 9 corners is priced at 8/13 with Bet365, with this materialising in their last five games. Over 2.5 cards is also being offered at 4/7 with the same bookmaker and this has has come in over their last six fixtures.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

Crystal Palace welcome champions Manchester City to Selhurst Park in an intriguing fixture that could have a huge impact on the title race. Palace are one of the few teams to have beaten City this season and the champions go in to this fixture in second place knowing that only a win will do.

Palace go into this game on the back of an impressive 1-0 away win at Newcastle, a ground which has been difficult for many of the top teams. Although Palace have lacked real consistency this season, they have managed to steer clear of relegation and established themselves in a comfortable place in the league. Roy Hodgson has been quite defensive at times this season, but a thrilling display at the Etihad helped inflict City’s first home defeat of the season, with Andros Townsend delivering a goal of the season contender. Hodgson will be hoping his team can replicate that performance and give the fans a real treat leading up to Easter.

City come into this game on the back of 8 straight wins in the Premier League. However recent performances have not been convincing with the team beating Brighton by a solitary goal last time out. The length of the season seems to be catching up with the champions who continue to battle for honours on all four fronts. They will certainly have one eye on the Champions League where they must turnaround their 1-0 defeat away at Tottenham, whom they play twice in four days. Palace and Liverpool fans will be hoping that fatigue and a lack of focus could be their downfall as they play a team that has already beaten them this season and is being touted as a potential banana skin given the talent in the Palace ranks.

In team news, Palace will be without defender James Tomkins for the remainder of the season and Mamadou Sakho also remains out with injury. Max Meyer seems to have recovered from an illness and will be available for selection. Up front it is likely that Hodgson will continue to let Michy Batshuayi lead the line with Wilfried Zaha in support.

For Manchester City Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane could both start the game having come on as late substitutes against Spurs in the Champions League first leg. Bernardo Silva will also be assessed ahead of the game having missed the loss at Spurs altogether. Guardiola will be hoping that Sergio Aguero can put the disappointment of his penalty miss behind him but it will be interesting to see if he does opt to start with Gabriel Jesus as he did against Brighton.

In recent head to heads Crystal Palace have certainly made it difficult for the champions. The aforementioned win at the Etihad was arguably the result of the season and they managed to hold City to a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park last season. Although City are likely to dominate possession, they may need to be patient for large periods  as Hodgson can get his team well organised and difficult to break down.

The bookies are heavily favouring a City win and there is little value in backing this outright. The two teams can be expansive with much of their play going through their wingers which has been highly conducive to corners in previous fixtures. Over 9 corners is priced at 8/13 with Bet365, with this materialising in their last five games. Over 2.5 cards is also being offered at 4/7 with the same bookmaker and this has has come in over their last six fixtures.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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