Crystal Palace

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Selhurst Park

31/12/2017 | 12:00 pm

Manchester City

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Selhurst Park

31/12/2017 | 12:00 pm

In a sentence: Manchester City will look to win their 19th straight Premier League match when they travel to Crystal Palace on December 31.

Last time: Man City recorded a 5-0 win over Palace in the reverse Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium earlier this season. Raheem Sterling scored a brace for the home side, while Leroy Sane, Sergio Aguero and Fabian Delph also netted.

This time: Palace are available at 12/1 with Man City at 2/7 and the draw at 11/2.

You might remember: Palace recorded a 2-1 win over Man City at Selhurst Park during the 2015-16 campaign. It was the first time that the Eagles had beaten the Citizens since December 2001.

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Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring his side’s fourth goal of the game during the Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea.

Palace’s eight-game unbeaten run in the Premier League came to an end on Thursday night when they suffered a 3-2 defeat at home to Arsenal. It was the first time that the Eagles had lost in the top flight since the start of November, but they face a tough task to return to winning ways against runaway league leaders City on December 31. A win for the Citizens could open up an 18-point lead at the summit.

Palace are 12/1 as they look to recover quickly from the defeat to Arsenal. Roy Hodgson’s side have only lost one of their last seven Premier League games at Selhurst Park, and beat the champions Chelsea on home soil in October. A strong run of form has moved the team out of the bottom three, but they are just one point clear of the relegation zone as things stand.

Man City are 2/7 to triumph as they go in search of their 19th straight Premier League win. It does seem that the Citizens will run away with the league title this season, and they will be looking to end 2017 in style. Incredibly, Pep Guardiola’s side have won all 10 of their away Premier League matches this season – scoring 25 times, and conceding just five. It has been a remarkable campaign for the club.

The draw is 11/2 and it would be some result for Palace if they could end Man City’s long winning run. Newcastle came close to snatching a point against the league leaders on Wednesday night, and Palace have drawn three of their 10 league fixtures on home soil this term. Backed by a vocal crowd, Palace might fancy their chances of claiming a point after a decent performance against Arsenal on Thursday night.

Christian Benteke is 11/1 to open the scoring this weekend as the Palace forward goes in search of just his second Premier League goal of the campaign. The Belgium international can also be backed at 10/3 to score at any point during the 90 minutes.

Sergio Aguero is 14/5 in the first goalscorer market. The Argentine missed a few chances against Newcastle on Wednesday night, and will be desperate to return to the scoresheet. Aguero, meanwhile, can be backed at 7/2 to score two or more at Selhurst Park.

Match Summary

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Look out for:

The anytime goalscorer market is full of value. Raheem Sterling netted his 13th Premier League goal of the campaign last time out, and can be backed at 11/10 to register at any point against Palace. In-form attacker Wilfried Zaha, meanwhile, is 17/4 to net at any point for the home side.

 

2

We fancy:

The anytime goalscorer market is full of value. Raheem Sterling netted his 13th Premier League goal of the campaign last time out, and can be backed at 11/10 to register at any point against Palace. In-form attacker Wilfried Zaha, meanwhile, is 17/4 to net at any point for the home side.

 

3

It’s a long shot, but:

The anytime goalscorer market is full of value. Raheem Sterling netted his 13th Premier League goal of the campaign last time out, and can be backed at 11/10 to register at any point against Palace. In-form attacker Wilfried Zaha, meanwhile, is 17/4 to net at any point for the home side.

 

Written by Matt Law

Matt Law is a European football writer with an interest in betting and gambling. An avid Manchester United supporter, Matt can regularly be found backing away wins in unlikely circumstances, sometimes with big success.