Kick-off: 1500, 30/10/2021
Stadium: Etihad Stadium
Manchester City’s quest for a fourth Premier League crown in five years is going along nicely and they should see off Crystal Palace.
The Eagles have only lost two top-flight fixtures this term but significantly they were 3-0 defeats at other title hopefuls Chelsea and Liverpool.
We’re taking 6/1 for a repeat of that scoreline at Etihad Stadium as our first Man City vs Crystal Palace prediction.
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
City remained hot on the heels of Chelsea and Liverpool when coming through what had looked a tricky trip to Brighton with the minimum of fuss.
Ilkay Gundogan’s opener was followed by a Phil Foden double to put the Blues 3-0 up with just over half an hour gone.
Albion did convert a penalty late on but Riyad Mahrez wrapped up a 4-1 away victory in time added on.
The increasingly-influential Foden again looked a threat whenever pushing forward and was singled out for praise by Pep Guardiola.
“In the final third, he can play up front, has the quality to move and be aggressive one on one and arrive in the box,” said the Spaniard.
“He can play as a false nine, a winger, wide right or wide left. He is a guy who is a midfield player with a big sense of the goal. He is still young and still has a margin to improve.”
Foden himself told Sky Sports: “We are on a good run of form but we just want to keep going now for the next games and keep that level.
“On another day, I could have scored three but the main thing is the result and I’m just happy we got it.”
Looking at the Man City vs Crystal Palace odds, we like 7/2 for Foden to open the scoring on this occasion.
Last Man City EPL line-up: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Gundogan, Grealish, Rodri, Silva, Foden, Jesus.
Raheem Sterling returned from a back problem to play in City’s penalty shoot-out defeat to West Ham in the EFL Cup, meaning Ferran Torres is the only long-term absentee.
A Look At Crystal Palace’s Betting Odds
Palace will have been frustrated to only draw 1-1 at home to Newcastle last weekend but Patrick Vieira insisted he is pleased with their overall progress following four straight stalemates.
Christian Benteke opened the scoring against the Magpies but then hit both the post and crossbar, missed a one-on-one and also saw a late headed effort ruled out for a foul.
That meant Callum Wilson’s spectacular overhead kick rescued a point for the visitors and left the Eagles bemoaning another missed opportunity.
Vieira’s side had previously conceded stoppage-time levellers versus Brighton and Arsenal, although they did rally from 2-0 down to draw with Leicester.
“I am really pleased with the progress we made from the first game against Chelsea to where we are,” commented Vieira.
“I think there is a really good understanding from the players about what we try to do and how we want to do it.
“I see players on the field with a really good clear idea of what I expect and what I want from them, so that is really quite positive, but in the other side I want to win football matches.
“We have to keep working on how we can be more clinical in both boxes. We have to improve that part of the game to have more chance of winning.”
However, Palace may have to wait for a kinder run of fixtures against Wolves, Burnley, Villa and Leeds to chase a second success of the season.
City have scored four times in the first quarter of an hour from the same number of home matches in this competition, so 195/100 they net in the same period here is worth adding to our Man City vs Crystal Palace betting tips.
Last Palace EPL line-up: Guaita, Ward, Mitchell, Guehi, Andersen, Milivojevic, Olise, McArthur, Gallagher, Benteke, Edouard.
Palace will make a late decision on the fitness of Wilfried Zaha. He started on the bench against Newcastle after missing the final match before the international break through illness. Eberechi Eze and Nathan Ferguson are still out.
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