Manchester City have bounced back from their loss to Chelsea a few weeks back with wins over Hoffenheim, Everton and the midweek EFL Cup quarterfinal clash with Leicester, and one expects that this will be four on the bounce come the final whistle against Crystal Palace this weekend. Form Labs bring you their betting preview and tips for the game while we bring you plenty of additional value with our enhanced odds for the game and from across Europe’s top-flight.
Big Names Back For Man city
Pep Guardiola put a marker down with the likes of Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and Kyle Walker mixed within their ranks for their Carabao Cup match with Leicester. They grinded out a result on penalties and will feel in a good position now having given some important players returning from injury some valuable game time.
They’ve also won each of their nine league games at the Etihad this season as eight of them were by at least two clear strikes, while they’ve been ahead at the break in seven as well. That is an impressive record, but interestingly they only managed to keep their opponents out on three occasions.
Although no team managed to put more than a single strike past them, they’ve still conceded in each of their last four here.
Palace Turned A Corner?
Roy Hodgson’s men looked to have turned a corner at the tail end of last month, drawing at Old Trafford before going on to beat Burnley in their own back yard following a period of five losses from six winless games.
However, that was short lived as they’ve subsequently lost at both Brighton and West Ham. Although they managed to overcome the Foxes at Selhurst Park in their last outing, Claude Puel’s men have hardly been impressive recently and are currently on a run of one win from their last eight attempts in all competitions.
Palace Poor Away Against Big Six
The Eagles have an even worse record when it comes to trips to the ‘Big Six’, losing seven of eight winless matches since the start of last season with all but one of these under Hodgson, though they at least found the net in three of the last four.
We quite like their chances of scoring with Wilfred Zaha returning to the fray following suspensions, while City have conceded in six of their last seven home or away as even a dire Saints side (then led by Mark Hughes) got in on the action.
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