Pep Guardiola’s 5th placed Manchester City take on Crystal Palace who sit on 12th position at the Etihad Stadium by 8:15pm today.

Manchester City seems to have rediscovered their mojo after some early season wobble, with the Citizens recording 5 wins in their last 5 games in all competitions, including victories over Manchester United and Chelsea.

Manchester City have won six of their 10 home Premier League games against Crystal Palace (D3 L1), though they are winless in their last two (D1 L1) but it is hard to see Crystal Palace stopping Manchester City from achieving victory today.

Crystal Palace manager, Roy Hodgson and Manchester City's John StonesCrystal Palace manager, Roy Hodgson and Manchester City's John StonesCrystal Palace manager, Roy Hodgson and Manchester City's John Stones
Crystal Palace manager, Roy Hodgson and Manchester City’s John Stones

With the title race getting more serious and heated up. Pep Guardiola would sure want his team to be among the conversation by the time the UEFA Champions League resumes.

Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace on the other hand, have had quite the season, winning 6 games, drawing 5 and losing 7, but they would be hopeful to cause an upset today.

Crystal Palace are looking to become the first team to win away against both Manchester clubs (City and United) in a single Premier League season since Liverpool in 2008-09. The last London club to do so in the top-flight were Arsenal in 1990-91.

Crystal Palace's Wilfred ZahaCrystal Palace's Wilfred Zaha
Crystal Palace’s Wilfred Zaha

But this would be a difficult feat to achive today. Man City have won each of their last four Premier League games, as many as they had in their previous 11 in the competition and no side has kept more Premier League clean sheets this season than the Citizens (8).

Only Manchester United (11) are on a longer current unbeaten run in the Premier League than Man City (8). The Citizens have conceded just two goals in this run, while keeping six clean sheets.

Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne
Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne

Though Crystal Palace can boast of the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Chukwu Eze, but City have Kevin De Bruyne, the premier league player with the most assist in all competitions.

With the defensive partnership of John Stones and Ruben Dias evolving as the match comes by, a Crystal Palace goal is difficult to envisage, and this match reads all victory for Manchester City.


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