James MortonMan City vs Crystal Palace, Saturday December 22nd, 15:00, Etihad Stadium. Manchester City will try to continue their quest for back-to-back Premier League titles when they face Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Pep Guardiola’s men are a point off top spot going into the weekend’s fixtures but the victory over the Toffees was their ninth straight home victory in all competitions.
Crystal Palace picked up a vital three points themselves by edging past Leicester City at Selhurst Park.
But Palace had suffered back-to-back defeats before that 1-0 win and still sit just three points above the relegation zone.
Betting sites will be bracing themselves for a flurry of bets backing a heavy home win on Saturday, with City having put 19 goals past Palace in their last four meetings in Manchester.
Expect that pattern to continue this weekend, especially considering Roy Hodgson’s side’s poor away form, with another convincing 4-1 win on the cards.
As stated previously, Manchester City have put a massive 19 goals past Crystal Palace goalkeepers at the Etihad since October 2015. City have also scored 30 goals in their last eight home games, while Palace have conceded nine in their last four on the road – including three at both Brighton & Hove Albion and West Ham United in December already.
Manchester City haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last six games in all competitions, allowing the likes of Bournemouth and Everton to get on the scoresheet at the Etihad. Crystal Palace, meanwhile, have scored four in their last four away from home and have scored 80% more goals on their travels than they have at home.
Head to Head
The head-to-head record does not make pretty reading for Crystal Palace supporters. Manchester City won 5-0 at the Etihad last season, with Raheem Sterling scoring a couple, and recorded the same scoreline in the previous campaign too. Palace did get a win against them at Selhurst Park in April 2015 but haven’t beaten City away from home since December 1990.
Gabriel Jesus went 487 minutes without a goal in the Premier League before scoring a brace for Manchester City against Everton last weekend.
Only Huddersfield Town (10) have scored fewer goals in the Premier League this season than Crystal Palace (14).
Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte has made more passes than any other Premier League player this season (1,458).
Crystal Palace had lost their last 13 matches in which Wilfried Zaha did not play – but this record came to a halt last weekend.