Crystal Palace v Man City Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 19/10/19

Football specialist Billy Greenall (@BillyGreenall) previews Crystal Palace v Man City and provides us with his best bets for Saturday evening's live televised encounter by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.

Crystal Palace v Manchester City Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 19/10/19
  • Time: 17:30
  • Venue: Selhurst Park
  • Channel: Sky Sports

Manchester City travel to South London on Saturday in a bid to bounce back from their stunning home defeat to Wolves at the Etihad a fortnight ago.

Their opposition, Crystal Palace, are unbeaten in their last three games following a draw against Wolves and back to back victories over Norwich and West Ham.

The Eagles have started the season well obtaining 14 points from their opening 8 games, and will be more than confident of nicking something against the champions having already taken maximum points of their Manchester rivals earlier in the season.

A 20 goals a season striker is something that's been lacking for Roy Hodgson in recent seasons, but it appears Jordan Ayew could be the man to step up to the plate following a promising start to the campaign, scoring 3 times in his last 5 games. Aside from the 4-0 drubbing the Eagles received at Tottenham, they have look relatively sound defensively too. They were unlucky to concede a 95th minute equaliser to Wolves at home, without that goal they would be yet to concede at Selhurst Park this season.

Onto Manchester City then, an injury stricken start to their title defence has hindered proceedings slightly, with the dangerous Leroy Sane ruled out for the majority of the season following the injury sustained in this season's Charity Shield. The major disappointment for City fans though will be Aymeric Laporte being ruled out for 7 months. The French centre back was starting to emerge as one of the world's best – and his absence has already exposed Nicolas Otamendi for the rash and unpredictable player that he is. Mistakes against Norwich and again against Wolves have left Otamendi red-faced, though he has had little protection from those in front of him at times. It appears that as promising as Rodri's start has been to life in the Premier League, his ball playing skills outweigh his ability to break up the play like Fernandinho did when he was City's talisman in the same position. The idea of playing Ilkay Gundogan so close to Rodri also seems to be slowing City's attacks, although Kevin De Bruyne should return in South London on Saturday.

De Bruyne had made an electrifying start to the season prior to missing the game against Wolves, completing an average of more than one assist per game in the Premier League. His return will be welcome by the City faithful, who grew frustrated at their side's astonishing lack of ideas against Wolves last time out. They appeared to have no plan B, with the ball going wide, then coming back inside with no real conviction or space for City to exploit. Should Palace set up in a similar format, Guardiola will need to have another method of attack in place to combat the opposition closing the space and throwing bodies in front of shots and crosses.

Enjoy the game.

Team News 

Sakho remains sidelined for Palace, Milivojevic returns from suspension.

Mendy is still a doubt, Laporte and Sane remain sidelined. Stones and De Bruyne should return.

Potential Crystal Palace Starting XI: Guaita; Ward, Cahill, Kelly, Van Aahholt; Milivojevic, McArthur, Kouyate, Schlupp, Zaha, Ayew.

Potential Man City Starting XI: Ederson; Cancelo, Fernandinho, Otamendi, Zinchenko, Rodri, D Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling, Aguero, B Silva.

Head To Head

  • All-time: Crystal Palace-16, Draw-13, Man City-32
  • Man City ran out 3-1 winners in this fixture last season – an all-important win in their title success over Liverpool.

Key Stats & Facts

  • Manchester City have only won 1 of their previous 3 games against Crystal Palace.
  • Palace are unbeaten at home this season (D2 W2).
  • Manchester City have scored 27 goals in their opening 8 games – an average of over 3 goals per game.
  • Their 2-0 defeat to Wolves at the Etihad was the first time they have failed to score at home since playing Huddersfield on the final day of the 17/18 season.
  • Crystal Palace beat Manchester City 3-2 at the Etihad last season, Andros Townsend scored a wondergoal.

Betting Odds

  • Crystal Palace 10/1
  • Draw 5/1
  • Man City 2/9

The Verdict

Although Guardiola and City are on the ropes a little in terms of their title challenge and this may seem a good time to play them, in fact it could also be the total opposite. A lot of people, myself included are expecting a backlash and a response following their defeat against Wolves. That in turn, puts a little more pressure on Liverpool to pick up maximum points against United on Sunday afternoon. Palace have started the season well though, if they set up sensibly like Wolves did and provide protection in the full back areas with a view to nicking something on the counter attack, they certainly stand a chance at home. For me, I am going for a relatively close first half, with City to push on in the second 45 and win convincingly. Their defence has been leaky recently so I am backing a Man City win with BTTS.

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