Saturday 19th October 2019
Crystal Palace v Manchester City 17:30
- Last season’s repeat fixture ended, Palace 1-3 Man City
- Each side took 3 points off the other last season in the league
- Man City are unbeaten in 9 of the last 10 head-to-heads
- 8 of the last 9 head-to-head went OVER 2.5 GOALS
- Man City have kept a clean sheet in 5 of the last 8 head-to-heads
- Just 1 DRAW in the last 19 head-to-heads (all comps)
- Both teams DIDN’T score in 5 of the last 8 head-to-heads
- Man City are 4 games unbeaten away in the league at Selhurst Park
- Palace last beat City at home in the league in 2015
BEST BET: OVER 2.5 GOALS
The Premier League champions – Manchester City – return to their title defence this Saturday in the 5:30pm game with a tricky away tie at Crystal Palace.
City dropped points in their last league game with a 2-0 defeat to Wolves and start game week 9 a massive 8 points adrift of Liverpool – they can’t really afford to let any more points go astray.
Palace have started the new season well too – they sit in sixth place at the start of this week with 14 points, having won 4, drawn 2 and losing only twice.
They’ve not let many goal in a home too and Palace fans will gain some hope from the fact they actually beat City away in the league last season.
The match betting still suggests an easy away win for City at 1.22, with the draw 6.00 and City as short as 1.22.
This repeat fixture last term ended in a 1-3 win for City and a repeat of that can be backed at 11.00 – City are unbeaten in their last 4 away games at Selhurst Park.
City are also unbeaten in 9 of their last 10 vs Palace, while we’ve seen just 1 draw in the last 19 meetings between the sides.
With 8 of the last 9 clashes seeing Over 2.5 goals , then this might appeal at 1.44, while with both teams NOT scoring in 5 of the last 8 head-to-heads, then a repeat of this can be backed at 1.90.
Sergio Aguero is the main man in the scoring markets for City as 3.75 (1st) or 1.57 (anytime), while Benteke, who scored for Belgium during the International break, and Jordan Ayew are the shortest Palace players at 15.00 (1st) or 4.75 (anytime).
Overall, with City having had plenty of time to get over that last defeat to Wolves we can expect them to come out all guns blazing here. However, Palace shouldn’t be underestimated – especially at home – and can be expected to make life hard for City.
We feel a lot will depend on whether Kevin De Bruyne is returning for City – the Belgium-born midfielder is a big loss for the champions when not involved and that was backed-up again in their last league game at Wolves.
If he’s back then City can be expected to take all 3 points here, but if he’s not then the 4.00 on Palace or the draw in the ‘double chance’ market would certainly make some appeal.
But the call here is for both teams to score. City have been having a few defence issues of late so that will give Palace some confidence going forward and with the Selhurst Park crowd in their corner too then there is every chance they will get on the scoresheet – something they managed in both their clashes against City last season.
BEST BET: BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE @1.90