Sunday 14 April, kick-off 2.05pm
Selhurst Park – Premier League
This Premier League preview sees Crystal Palace host Manchester City at Selhurst Park in Sunday’s early kick-off. The Blues suffered their first defeat since the end of January on Tuesday, while Palace are surely safe after their victory last weekend.
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What’s the story with Crystal Palace vs Man City?
Is Crystal Palace vs Man City on TV? Yes, it’s being shown live on Sky Sports.
What happened last time? Palace upset all the odds and football predictions to come from behind and beat City 3-2 just before Christmas. Andros Townsend’s stunning volley was the pick of the bunch at the Etihad Stadium.
What are the Crystal Palace vs Man City odds? Crystal Palace are 10/1 in your Premier League predictions this weekend, while Manchester City are the 3/10 favourites. The draw’s 9/2 with Betway, where you can collect £30 in free bets when you register for a new account here.
Remember that time…City beat Palace 5-0 twice in 2017? The Blues scored 10 goals without reply in winning back-to-back home games against the Eagles, although last season’s meeting at Selhurst Park ended goalless.
Team news and form
Last six: WLLWLW
Roy Hodgson is set to be without two central defenders for these Crystal Palace v Man City predictions. James Tomkins has a groin problem, while Mamadou Sakho is recovering from knee surgery. Max Meyer is also a doubt after an illness, although the German midfielder should be available for this game.
Last six: WWWWWL
Bernardo Silva is a doubt for the visitors, after missing the Champions League defeat to Tottenham in midweek. The Portuguese playmaker has been excellent this season, so he’d be a miss. Apart from that, Pep Guardiola only has back-ups Claudio Bravo and Oleksandr Zinchenko on the treatment table.
Crystal Palace vs Man City prediction, preview and betting tips
Manchester City haven’t quite been at their swashbuckling best in recent weeks. They were certainly under par against Tottenham on Tuesday night, and seemed more intent on roughing up Harry Kane than playing the slick passing football we’ve come to expect. Crystal Palace meanwhile have been much improved in the second half of the season and are a threat to City.
The Eagles recorded a big win away at Newcastle in their last game. They soaked up a lot of pressure, then took the points with a Luka Milivojevic penalty 10 minutes from time. Hodgson’s side will have to be even better in their defensive and organisational roles in this Crystal Palace vs Man City prediction.
Despite a slight dip in performance levels, the visitors remain a class act. The Blues are going for a quadruple, and need to keep enough in the tank for a hectic run-in. The defending Premier League champions will go back to the top of the table with a win, although Liverpool are in action at home to Chelsea later on Sunday.
Palace of course put a serious dent in Liverpool’s title challenge a few years ago, and are looking to do the same to City. They pulled off the unthinkable by beating the Citizens in their own backyard earlier this season, taking them to two unbeaten against Guardiola’s side. However, City beat the Eagles seven times in a row before that.
Palace can rest easier with an 11-point lead over 18th-placed Cardiff City heading into this weekend’s fixtures. City, on the other hand, have the title and a place in the history books at stake. The visitors are clear favourites in your football predictions for today, but they may have to score at least a couple to see off Palace.
City have kept six clean sheets in their last seven Premier League fixtures, but Palace put three past them earlier this term. That’s why we’re going with both teams to score at evens as part of the best football betting tips for this game.
We do fancy the away team to pick up another vital three points though. City to win and BTTS is 2/1 with Betway, while we’re going for a 2-1 away win in your football score predictions. That’s priced at 17/2 in your Crystal Palace vs Man City betting tips, rising to 49/1 with Raheem Sterling scoring first.
Crystal Palace vs Man City first goalscorer predictions
Sterling had a quiet night against Tottenham in midweek, but has been excellent in recent weeks. He’s right in the running for the player of the year awards, and needs three more Premier League goals to match last season’s tally of 18. The England forward is 9/2 in the first goalscorer odds, while his team mate Sergio Aguero is the 3/1 favourite.
You can get 39/1 with Betfair on Sterling and Aguero getting City’s two goals in a 2-1 win. Throw in Milivojevic getting Palace’s goal and those odds rise to 234/1 with the same bookmaker. Milivojevic is the Eagles’ top scorer and penalty taker. He’s certainly worth a look at 25/1 in the first scorer market and 7/1 anytime.
Both teams to score
Man City to win 2-1
Raheem Sterling to score first
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A Wolves fan born in Northern Ireland, Harry has been writing about football and the sports betting market for a number of years. When he’s not going to Molineux or discussing the latest football betting odds with Tom and Dick, you’ll probably find Harry out on the tennis courts – as long as the sun is shining, of course.