English Premier League Betting Preview: Crystal Palace vs. Manchester City – Sunday, April 14, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
When: Sunday, April 14, 2019, at 09:05 AM
Where: Selhurst Park, London, England.
Odds: Crystal Palace +750, Draw +425, Manchester City -333 @ Intertops
Manchester City can't afford to underestimate a talented Crystal Palace side, not after their shocking defeat when both teams met earlier this season just a couple of days before Christmas.
After a midweek disappointment at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg, Manchester City hope to return on top of the Premier League table at least for a few hours.
However, Pep Guardiola will likely shuffle his squad as the Citizens still aim to win a quadruple but the upcoming April schedule would be a massive challenge for their ability.
Crystal Palace are one of just four sides to beat Manchester City in the Premier League this season after winning 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium on 22 December. If they manage to cause another upset, the Eagles could become only the second club after Chelsea to complete a Premier League double over a Pep Guardiola's Man City.
Head-to-Head Stats (H2H)
Before the last two times when Crystal Palace slipped Pep Guardiola's side, including a goalless draw at Selhurst Park last season, when Luka Milivojevic missed a stoppage time penalty, Manchester City were with seven consecutive wins over their South London opponents.
The 3-2 win at Etihad last December, courtesy of Jeffrey Schlupp, Andros Townsend and Luka Milivojevic, was Crystal Palace's first win over the Sky Blues since a 2-1 home win in April 2015.
Winless in his previous two meetings with Crystal Palace, Pep Guardiola has only ever had longer winless league runs against Everton (3) and Gladbach (4 in the Bundesliga) during his entire managerial career.
Crystal Palace – Team News
The Eagles have won just 41% of their Premier League points at home this season (16 out of 39), the lowest such ratio except the already relegated Fulham and Huddersfield Town.
Coming after a narrow success at Newcastle, Crystal Palace can feel safe about their Premier League future and Roy Hodgson's side should approach with no pressure.
Defenders James Tomkins and Mamadou Sakho will both miss the rest of the season, so former Liverpool center-back Martin Kelly and experienced Scott Dan are expected to build the centre-back duo not only in this one.
Serbia midfielder Luka Milivojevic has scored 10 penalty goals in the Premier League this season. Only Andrew Johnson, who netted 11 in the 2004-05 campaign also for Crystal Palace, has scored more from the penalty spot in a single Premier League season.
Meanwhile, the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Andros Townsend and Michy Batshuayi are among the players who are eager to prove themselves and matches against the top six Premier League clubs are always a proper stage.
Manchester City – Team News
After a surprising 2-1 loss at Newcastle in late-January, The Citizens have won their last eight Premier League games, scoring 20 and conceding just two in the process.
Kevin de Bruyne was shockingly only on the bench on Tuesday but the Belgium playmaker will most likely return to the starting lineup against Palace. Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus will push to replace Riyad Mahrez and Sergio Aguero, respectively, as the latter missed a penalty against Spurs.
Nevertheless, a predator like Aguero has scored 20 Premier League goals in London. Only Wayne Rooney has scored more (30) when excluding players for the London sides. However, the Argentine has failed to score in his five league appearances at Selhurst Park, so Guardiola might be tempted to start Gabriel Jesus instead.
Fabian Delph failed to impress at left-back against Tottenham in what was just his third start since the turn of the year so Benjamin Mendy could start here, while Oleksandr Zinchenko is sidelined for the Manchester outfit.
Possible Starting Lineups of Crystal Palace and Manchester City
Crystal Palace: Vicenta Guaita – Patrick van Aanholt, Scott Dann, Martin Kelly, Aaron Wan-Bissaka – Jeffrey Schlupp, Luka Milivojevic, James McArthur, Andros Townsend – Wilfried Zaha, Michy Batshuayi. (4-4-2)
Manchester City: Ederson – Benjamin Mendy, Aymeric Laporte, John Stones, Kyle Walker – Kevin De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Ilkay Gundogan – Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling. (4-3-3)
City are the top scoring team in the league but a trip to Selhurst Park, coming between the two Champions League quarters with Spurs, is not a straightforward assignment for The Sky Blues. It promises to be a stern test for the Citizens, though they remain strong favorites to win and everything else would be shocking.
Crystal Palace have not been anywhere near as prolific as the Citizens but the Eagles have found the net in 16 of their last 17 matches in all competitions, so Roy Hodgson's men should feel confident of maintaining their scoring form.