Crystal Palace vs Manchester City betting preview: odds and predictions

MANCHESTER CITY will bid to keep the pressure on Premier League leaders Arsenal on Saturday evening by beating out-of-form Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace vs Manchester City odds

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Crystal Palace vs Manchester City betting preview

City’s pursuit, once again, of the Treble leaves little wriggle room for Pep Guardiola.

While he’d doubtless love to rest several players ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Leipzig, the fact is a five-point gap to Premier League leaders Arsenal means a slip-up here is unthinkable and demands a strong XI, especially given his side’s position in the table is largely down to a few iffy away results – home form has again been near perfect.

The good news for the Spaniard is that Palace are in a rut right now, winless in 10 games in all competitions and struggling to score goals – just five have been scored during that miserable run.

They’ve failed to even have a shot on target in their last two games and while the return of Wilfried Zaha last weekend was a definite plus on that front, they’ve lost key midfielder Chiekhou Kouyate (suspended) for this one.

City can again be expected to dominate the ball – they average 65% to Palace’s 44% – although whether they find it quite so easy to fashion chances of open to debate.

Whereas they battered Bournemouth 4-1 in their last away game and should have won at Forest by a similar scoreline given the opportunities they created, Palace are a more solid side defensively, conceding only 32 goals in their 25 games. That is the best record in the bottom half of the table.

With an arguably more important game lying ahead, game management could play a big part for City, who are unlikely to want to expend excess energy chasing extra goals here.

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Erling Haaland scored a second-half hat-trick in the reverse fixture, which City won 4-2 from 2-0 down. Haaland is the Premier League’s top scorer with 27 goals. Under Pep Guardiola, City are unbeaten at Selhurst Park in seven visits, conceding just two goals in those matches.Nine of Palace’s 21 league goals this season have been scored from set-pieces.Palace are without a win in their last nine Premier League games – currently the longest winless run in the English top flight.City are unbeaten against teams currently in the bottom half of the table (11 wins out of 14), while Palace are yet to beat a side in the top half (8 draws, 7 defeats).Our expert betting tips for Crystal Palace vs Manchester City.

Crystal Palace vs Manchester City best bets

Man City to win and under 2.5 goals

Arsenal has proven they are a force to be reckoned with time and time again this season.

Despite their winless run, Palace have been able to thwart some of the top teams at Selhurst Park of late – Manchester United, Newcastle and Liverpool have all drawn here in 2023.

Yet City’s greater quality and relentlessness should break them down at some stage and a narrow win looks to be a value way of backing the visitors.

Seven of Palace’s last eight games have seen under 2.5 goals, while City have already landed this bet in games at Leicester, West Ham and Chelsea this season – teams not far away from Palace in the table.


Palace over 1.5 offsides

In the props markets, this bet looks a decent one.

Palace have been caught offside at least twice in their last six games, while City’s opponents have landed the over 1.5 bet on seven of the last 10 occasions.

Zaha’s return is a boost for this too – he was personally offside three times at Villa last week.


Phil Foden to score at any time

Foden has had to play second fiddle to Jack Grealish quite a bit in recent months but he’s started more often of late and has rewarded his manager’s faith by scoring four goals in his last three appearances.

If Grealish is the preference for the European tie fast approaching, there’s every chance Foden gets the nod to start in south London.

City’s ability to create chances via players coming in off that left-hand side has been highlighted in the past and it could be a tough day for Palace right-back Nathaniel Clyne.


How to watch Crystal Palace vs Man City

Location: Selhurst Park, London, England.Date and time: Saturday 11 March 2023, 5.30pm.How to watch: Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League.

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