Crystal Palace v Manchester City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
April 10, 2019
Selhurst Park - Premier League
Title chasing Manchester City head to Crystal Palace this weekend, with Pep Guardiola's side looking to bounce back from the Champions League loss to Spurs.
Palace won 3-2 in an entertaining game at the Etihad Stadium over the Christmas period, with skipper Luka Milivojevic scoring the winner for Roy Hodgson's side.
However, City won two of their previous four meetings with Palace by a 5-0 scoreline.
Palace will make a late check on midfielder May Meyer, who missed their 1-0 away win at Newcastle last weekend through illness. However defensive pair James Tomkins and Mamadou Sakho are already ruled out through injury.
City are unlikely to risk midfielder Bernardo Silva, who is recovering from a muscular problem, with defender Alexander Zinchenko also ruled out. Pep Guardiola could also rest Sergio Aguero ahead of a key run of fixtures in the coming weeks.
Crystal Palace v Manchester City Predictions and Preview
Palace host the defending Premier League champions on the back of two wins in their last three league games, with the top flight status essentially secure for another season. Hodgson will be aware that a freak result could drag his side back into the relegation mire, however they should already have done enough.
Guardiola needs a reaction from his players following their 1-0 defeat at Tottenham in the Champions League quarter final first leg in midweek. However with such a big game coming up, the former Barcelona boss is likely to rest a few names as they chase their quadruple dream in the next few weeks.
Even if Guardiola shuffles his pack for the trip to South London, the visitors should still have enough to win -and edge themselves back into top spot - with an away win at 3/10.
With the pressure mounting on City, points on the board are the priority and Palace will not make it easy for their visitors this weekend. So with that in mind, a City win with under 2.5 total goals scored comes in at a price of 5/2.
Manchester City to win 2-0 at 13/2
With half an eye likely to be on that Champions League quarter final second leg next week, Guardiola will want this box to be ticked as a win with the minimum amount of fuss. A win would see them return to the top of the table, albeit potentially with Liverpool playing later on Sunday.
Gabriel Jesus to score anytime at 5/6
If Aguero is rested, or handed a place on the substitutes bench, then Guardiola is set to turn to the Brazilian international to fire them to victory in this clash. He is also in need of a real confidence boost, having not scored a league goal since February 6th - a run of five league games.