4th place Manchester City host 16th place Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday 6 May. The Citizens are coming after two consecutive draws, they trail 3rd place Liverpool by three points but they have a game in hand on them. With the Red Devils just one point behind and breathing down their neck, The Citizens need a strong finish to secure their 4th place at the end of the season and earn a lucrative Champions League spot. Crystal Palace are just 6 points above the relegation zone and they need at least three points from their next three fixtures to be saved and maintain their Premier League place.
Talking about their mutual encounters, Manchester City have won eight of their last nine Premier League games against Crystal Palace. City’s main striker Sergio Aguero has scored in seven of his last eight matches in all competitions. The Citizens will be desperate to return to winning ways. A Champions League spot will offer them the chance to sign star players in the summer. Crystal Palace were unable to maintain their formidable run of form when Spurs visited them two rounds ago. Coming after two defeats in a row they will be eager to bounce back but it will be really difficult for them to come back home with a positive result. They have a poor record in their away matches at the Etihad conceding 16 goals over their last five trips and scoring just one time in the process. Two of City’s last four EPL home matches have finished 0-0 after just one of their previous 119 home games had finished goalless in the competition.
Great news for the home team is the return to fit of Gabriel Jesus who saved City from losing last round against Middlesbrough scoring the equalizer goal in the 85 minute. Yaya Toure was rested against Boro and he could be set to return on Saturday against Palace. One of their most important players, their playmaker David Silva might return on the pitch and help City fulfill their main objective. Crystal Palace’s Mamadou Sakho will miss the game, Scott Dann and James Tomkins could remain out of the squad while Yohan Cabaye will return to the team after being rested.
Manchester City are big favourites to win this encounter but the odds for a home victory are really low 1.28 with Pinnacle. Crystal Palace are priced 12 with BetVictor. We believe that a thing smart to do is pass the winners market and try to find the best betting option. We expect City to dominate the game have the possession and win the three points but in the same time we expect the away side to defend well.
Best pick for the game
Manchester City to win and under 4.5 goals in the match 1.9 with Paddy Power