Crystal Palace vs Manchester City 12/31/2017 Premier League Preview Odds and Prediction
Crystal Palace (16th) Manchester City (1st)
Sunday 31st December 2017 07:00/ET
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Can the Manchester City juggernaut continue? Pep Guardiola's side have won eighteen Premier League games in a row before they head to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace.
Crystal Palace come into this game off the back of a 3-2 loss to Arsenal in a game that they competed gamely in. Wilfred Zaha caused all sorts of problems for Arsenal and will again be a key man for Crystal Palace in carrying the fight to Manchester City on Sunday. Townsend, Zaha and Benteke need to cause problems for City's backline if Palace are to have any chance here but I do expect Roy Hodgson to set his team up to defend deep and hit City on the counter. Newcastle showed that City are capable of making mistakes when attacked on the counter at pace and Palace have plenty of pace on those wings.
What can be said about Manchester City that hasnt already been said. The team is playing exceptional football. Eighteen wins from ninteen and they really have been on fire. Raheem Sterling is scoring important goals and plenty of them as well. Sergio Aguero, Jesus, De Bruyne, Silva are all in exceptional form. Their new goalkeeper looks like something special, keeping the win in tact agaisnt Manchester United making two world class saves in the last couple of minutes. Is there any weakness' in this side? Well although they spent 100m on fullbacks over the last couple of years that does look to be the only weak spot along with a central defence that seem's capable of making mistakes.
It's tough to find value here, Crystal Palace have a small squad and it's tough to see them causing too many problems for Manchester City but Palace have looked capable of scoring against anyone with their strong wing play. I'm going to take both teams to score here at a decent price.