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Manchester City are flying at the moment, and it could take much more than Crystal Palace to halt their impeccable run when they meet at the Etihad for this Premier League game.

Premier League 2019/2020
Date: Saturday 18th, January
Kick-off: 16:00 pm
Venue: Etihad stadium
TV Channel: Sky Sports

Yet again, Manchester put up a five-star performance last weekend albeit against relegation-threatened Aston Villa, scoring six times including four in a flawless first half of that 6-1 outcome at Villa Park. The Citizens who have now won nine of their last ten games wasted little time in putting the game to bed and are expected to continue exercising their powers over teams such like Crystal Palace.

Pep Guardiola’s side have thus, recovered well from erratic results at the tail end of last year and will go for their first league double over the Eagles for the first time since the 2016/2017 season.

For Palace, Roy Hodgson’s team remain unbeaten in four of their last five games in spite of an injury crisis that have left them down to bare bones. Specifically, they have avoided defeat in each of their last four league games(W1,D3) but lost out 2-0 when they hosted their opponents in the reverse fixture.

However, they will be hoping lightning strikes twice here, having emerged 3-2 winners the last time they made the trip to this venue in 2018 but sadly, all three of their goalscorers that day(Jeffrey Schlupp, Andros Townsend and Luka Milivojevic) will be missing from this one.

Team news

Manchester City

City’s treatment room is almost vacant with the duo of Leroy Sane and Aymeric Laporte both nearing their return to action. Aside the duo, Guardiola have a full complement of players to choose for this game.

Crystal Palace

As many as nine first team players are expected to miss out for the visitors, with Max Meyer the latest to join the likes of Mamadou Sakho, Joel Ward, Schlupp, Scott Dann, Townsend, Patrick van Aanholt and Christian Benteke on the treatment table.

Milivojevic is still suspended following his red card in the FA Cup.

Head to Head

Manchester City have won 33 of the 62 competitive meetings with Crystal Palace who have managed to get 16 victories in that time. Honours have remained even in 13 of those clashes.

Match stats

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 12 of Manchester City’s last 13 league games.

There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Crystal Palace’s last six away league games.

There have been over 2.5 goals in each of Manchester City’s last six home games against Crystal Palace in all competitions.

Team form

Manchester City are on an impressive run of results, and have won all of their last five games as they continue to cement a runner-up spot in the division. Manchester City’s last five games in all competitions (WWWWW)

Crystal Palace travel North to Manchester in fair form in spite of the injury worse, but are very less fancied to come away with anything here. Palace’s last five games in all competitions (WDDLD)

Suggested bets

There can be little to suggest City will not carry the day at their own background here, and their odds offer for a victory does have little or no value. But for 5/4, backing both teams to find the net is a better option to take from the markets for this game. Palace are rid of most of their attacking talents but I reckon they might still have something left to get at their occasionally defensively-suspect opposition.

There are many interesting options on the goalscorers markets, with the likes of Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus and Riyad Mahrez getting on the act last time out, but for value, I’d single out Wilfred Zaha from the other side to find the net in this game at anytime, and at odds of 13/2 is pretty impressive.

You can view all other betting markets for this game here

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