Manchester City vs Crystal Palace 01/16/2016 Premier League Preview, Odds & Pick
Crystal Palace vs Manchester City
Saturday 16th January 2016 10:00 (ET)
The Line: Manchester City 2/5 Draw 17/4 Crystal Palace 15/2 See the Latest Odds
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As Manchester City look to bounce back from a disappointing result at home to Everton they face another good road team in Crystal Palace. Palace have lost just one of their last six away games and will have an eye on some revenge here as Manchester City thumped Palace 5-1 in the league cup earlier in the season. Alan Pardew's men are really missing the attacking skills of Bolasie who is still out injured. Zaha, Wickham, Sako and Puncheon will take the game to City with Cabaye pulling the strings in midfield but I feel like without Bolasie they are missing their star man. Crystal Palace have a solid midfield and defence though and wont just roll over here. Alan Pardew is also proving this season to be a very tactically astute manager and one that has come up with the right game plan more often than not this season.
Manchester City will be hoping to close the gap at the top as both Arsenal and Leicester have away games over this weekend but the fact is that Manchester City have struggled at times this season to break down solid defences, more so away from home but the Citizens have lost twice at home and the midweek draw with Everton was an exercise in frustration. Sergio Aguero doesnt look 100% just yet and the return to form of Ya Ya toure seems to have hit a roadblock. Sterling and De Bruyne also havent been as effective of late and neither Silva or Bony have been able to shake the team to life against the blanket defences. With that said Manchester City have won thirteen of their seventeen home games this term so it's tough to make a case for Crystal Palace to get a win here.
I'm going to take both teams to score though. While I think Crystal Palace have struggled a little of late going forward I think Zaha, Puncheon and the return of Chamakh and Wickham should give Palace enough going forward to trouble a Manchester City defence that has struggled for clean sheets all year,just three in the seventeen home games.