Manchester City v Crystal Palace
12.30 - 6/5/2017 - Etihad Stadium, Manchester
After seeing their city neighbours draw with Swansea it was a frustrating afternoon for Man City at the Riverside as they could only manage a point themselves. As a result, they’ve won just two of their past eight league games, jeopardising their bid to secure Champions League football next season with Man Utd only a point back in 5th. After a string of impressive results and performances from Palace, they produced an underwhelming show to become Burnley’s first victims on the road all season.
Under Allardyce, the Eagles have claimed major scalps away at Liverpool and Chelsea, while they’ve defeated Arsenal at home and only lost narrowly to high-flying Spurs. However, many of these results occurred since Mamadou Sakho joined on loan and with the Frenchman out for the season, joining other regular centre-backs Tomkins and Dann, Palace look light at the back and were all at sea recently against the Clarets.
City have only lost to Chelsea at the Etihad this season but an overall W8-D7-L1 record represents a disappointing return in Pep Guardiola’s first season. However, seven of these eight victories have been against bottom-half clubs, though just two were accompanied with clean sheets. Going back to the start of last season, the Citizens have won 10 of 11 unbeaten home matches versus bottom-six opposition but conceded in nine of these. With the likes of Benteke and Zaha proving dangerous in recent weeks, we’ll back Palace to get on the scoresheet in defeat.