Crystal Palace vs Manchester City preview, betting tips and predictions: City to equal winning record in South London

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When Manchester City ran riot against Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium, Roy Hodgson will have feared the worst for the Eagles’ season. They lost their first seven games without scoring a goal, and their quality was really questioned despite having some very talented players. It was officially the worst start in Premier League history; even Derby, who finished the 2007/8 with the lowest tally of points, 11, had a better start. But three months on, Palace are out of th relegation zone and ready for the battle to survive.

Yet, they cannot view Manchester City as a game to pick up many points in. Pep Guardiola has made a record-breaking impact at the Etihad Stadium in just his second season; he is yet to lose in the league, only drawing once and not since August at the time of writing. They still have to travel to Newcastle on Wednesday morning, but as it stands they have a 12-point gap to second placed Manchester United after their draw with Burnley on Boxing Day.

We can’t see anything other than the usual Manchester City victory in this one.

Form

Crystal Palace have been fantastic overall since Hodgson replaced Frank de Boer only four games into the season, even playing quite well in that 5-0 loss to City in September. Most of their good results have come at Selhurst Park, which bodes well for this game, but they did clinch their first away goals and win in emphatic style with a 3-0 win over Leicester recently. They are yet to face Arsenal at home, but they are well equipped to compete in this tough double header having not lost since Tottenham narrowly beat them 1-0 at Wembley on November 5. They currently sit 16th in the Premier League table, just a point above the drop zone, with Arsenal to come.

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Perhaps the most impressive thing about City this season has been the variety in which they have won their games. Guardiola was told as soon as he arrived in the Premier League that each team plays a different style and he would have to react week to week, but it is his team that have battled and performed in equal measure and that is why his side sit so comfortably at the top of the table with no real challenger for the title right now. Raheem Sterling has been so reliable and that is why he is our tip for first goalscorer.

Team News

Both teams have another game to play before they meet but neither has any fresh injury problems. Guardiola will again have the choice of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus up front, while Bernardo Silva could start after starring in the recent Carabao Cup win at Leicester.

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Palace will have Christian Benteke back up front after suspension and Hodgson should have his strongest squad available.

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