Match: Manchester City vs Crystal Palace
League: English Premier League
Date: Saturday, 18 January 2020
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Etihad Stadium (Manchester).
Manchester City vs Crystal Palace: Given the current form of the two teams, the advantage of the Citizens at home and the superiority of Pep Guardiola and his boys, Manchester City easily became the favorite this Saturday.
City has won the last two games.
16 of the previous 18 wins had also been for the Manchester team.
Regardless of a single game in 2018, Citizens have had a 100% record of home wins since 1999.
Crystal Palace conceded a total of 24 goals in its six previous visits to the City.
Pep Guardiola’s men have changed gears and, once again, seem to be the unbeatable team they were. However, the moment seems a bit staggered, given the deficit of 14 points that must be overcome.
Even so, they have the CL match against Real Madrid on the horizon, and the momentum will definitely help them against the Spaniards.
Driven by a Sergio Agüero hattrick and an Riyad Mahrez brace, Manchester City had a 0-6 lead against Aston Villa on the last day of the game, and that too on the road. Without the penalty of injury time imposed on the hosts, Pep and his boys would have delivered a great victory from scratch.
The match ended like this 1-6, in favor of the guests.
Meanwhile, Crystal Palace was at home and even had a numerical advantage for a man in Arsenal. However, they could not take full advantage and had to settle for a 1-1 draw.
This weekend, Manchester Blues are easily favorites. They are twice reigning champions and are considered one of the best teams in the world.
On top of that, they are at home and they are also on a winning streak of five games. In addition, they have won nine of their last ten games.
In front of the local crowd, the Citizens were undefeated in 19 of their last 21 appearances, and won 17 impressive. Since April of last year, their only two defeats have been against the Wolves and their rivals Manchester United.
In addition, they have recorded 16 of the previous 18 h2h wins against this opponent, and have a record 100% of wins against Crystal Palace at home, regardless of a single meeting in 2018.
Also note that the PL defending champions have scored a total of 24 goals against Crystal Palace in the last six games, while they themselves have kept five clean sheets of the last seven battles.
Continuing, Crystal Palace is going through a terrible career from now on. They have not won in seven of their last eight matches, and have won in 12 of their previous 15. Above all, along the way, the team has managed to record only three victories this season as well.
Given all these factors, it is easy to infer that Manchester City is on the line to win a massive Etihad victory this Saturday.