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Manchester City to potentially inch closer to top of the table with win versus Crystal Palace

Manchester City vs Crystal Palace Preview 17/01/2021

15 January 2021 | Premier League | Preview
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Manchester City to potentially inch closer to top of the table with win versus Crystal Palace

Manchester City overcame their poor start to the Premier League and are now sportsbooks’ favourite to claim the Premier League title.

With Liverpool and Manchester United playing just hours prior to Manchester City’s kick off with Crystal Palace, it is Pep Guardiola’s team that could be the big winners this weekend.

A victory against Crystal Palace and Manchester United loss to Liverpool would put the Cityzens just one point back of first place. They also have a game in hand.

Getting a win versus Crystal Palace may be more difficult than expected. The Eagles are unbeaten against Manchester City in their last two matches at the Etihad Stadium. Last season, Roy Hodgson’s team managed a 2-2 draw and the season prior, a 3-2 win.

Manchester City are not scoring goals in the numbers seen in previous seasons. They have scored 25 times which is just the ninth most in the league. Guardiola’s team are winning with defence. They have allowed just 13 goals against, the fewest in the division.

Guardiola is without Sergio Aguero for the match on Sunday. Aguero is self-isolating after coming in contact with someone that tested positive for COVID-19. Eric Garcia and Nathan Ake are both ruled out.

Garcia tested positive for COVID-19 and Ake has a muscle strain. Centre-back Aymeric Laporte is a doubt due to a thigh injury.

Hodgson has six players ruled out for the match. Nathan Ferguson, Wayne Hennessey, Connor Wickham, Mamadou Sakho, Jeffrey Schlupp and Martin Kelly are all ruled out of the match. In spite of all the injuries, Crystal Palace have still racked up points.

In midweek, Crystal Palace drew nil-nil with Arsenal at the Emirates. They have shown themselves capable of taking points off of the traditional big clubs. The Eagles went to Old Trafford earlier this season and won versus Manchester United.

Manchester City are on a two-match winning streak at home. They have taken 17 points from 24 possible at the Etihad Stadium, which is the league’s second most. Their only loss came in a shocker versus Leicester City, 5-2.

Crystal Palace are winless in three straight road games taking two points from nine possible. Eleven points from 27 have been taken by the Eagles on their travels.

Goals have been a problem for Hodgson’s team on the road with just 11 scored in nine games. Expect Manchester City’s defence to hold them in check and get the goals needed to win. Manchester City should win to nil with under 2.5 goals scored.

Home team - Away team Probability in% Forebet Correct score Avg. goals Weather conditions Odds Kelly Criterion Score
1 X 2
Premier League | Round 19, Regular Season
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Manchester CityCrystal Palace
17/01/2021 20:15 GMT
592515 1 2 - 0 2.33 1.18
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4 - 0
(1 - 0)

Predictions for Premier League

Home team - Away team Forebet
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BurnleyLeicester City
03/03/2021 18:00
2
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Sheffield UnitedAston Villa
03/03/2021 18:00
2
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Crystal PalaceManchester United
03/03/2021 20:15
2
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FulhamTottenham
04/03/2021 18:00
2

England Premier League - predictions, tips, statistics
Premier League Regular Season
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Manchester City 65 27 20 5 2 56 17 39
2. Manchester United 50 26 14 8 4 53 32 21
3. Leicester City 49 26 15 4 7 45 30 15
4. West Ham 45 26 13 6 7 40 31 9
5. Chelsea 44 26 12 8 6 41 25 16
6. Liverpool 43 26 12 7 7 47 34 13
7. Everton 43 25 13 4 8 38 33 5
8. Tottenham 39 25 11 6 8 41 27 14
9. Aston Villa 39 24 12 3 9 38 26 12
10. Arsenal 37 26 11 4 11 34 27 7
11. Leeds United 35 26 11 2 13 43 44 -1
12. Wolverhampton 34 27 9 7 11 28 37 -9
13. Crystal Palace 33 26 9 6 11 29 43 -14
14. Southampton 30 26 8 6 12 31 44 -13
15. Burnley 28 26 7 7 12 18 34 -16
16. Brighton 26 26 5 11 10 26 33 -7
17. Newcastle United 26 26 7 5 14 27 44 -17
18. Fulham 23 26 4 11 11 21 32 -11
19. West Bromwich 17 26 3 8 15 20 55 -35
20. Sheffield United 11 26 3 2 21 15 43 -28

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