Crystal Palace welcome champions Manchester City to Selhurst Park in the Premier League on Sunday, kicking off at 2:05pm local time. The visitors can go top, temporarily at least, if they were to win this match.

Home team: Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace can almost count themselves as safe after a run of good form at a crucial point of the season. Wins against Huddersfield and Newcastle in recent weeks has taken them up to 12th position, sitting relatively comfortably on 39 points – 11 points ahead of the drop. With only 5 match days to go, securing top-flight football for another season should only be a game or two away, and then the Palace faithful can breathe.

Many will have been disappointed that they haven’t kicked on much from last season though, as many would have anticipated that they could reach the top half of the table, which is still a realistic possibility. The likes of Wilfried Zaha, Andros Townsend and Michy Batshuayi have abundance of pace, ability and skill, so you would expect them to push further in the league from now until the end of the season. They have taken points already from Manchester City this season, so their fans will be confident they can test the champions again this weekend.

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Away Team: Manchester City

Manchester City have games coming thick and fast, and every game seems to be a must-win. Their first leg 1-0 defeat to Tottenham in the Champions League on Tuesday night is a huge set-back, but their quadruple dreams are still a possibility. They had rested the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane, in that fixture, as well as Bernando Silva being suspended, so it would be likely for those players to start this match on Sunday.

In the title race, they are currently 2 points behind with a game in hand. Later on Sunday, Liverpool will have to entertain Chelsea, so an early win for Manchester City here could really put the pressure on Liverpool as they walk down the tunnel at Anfield. However, Manchester City will be wary of Crystal Palace’s threat, as they have been caught out by them already this season.

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Head to Head

Since Pep Guardiola has been in charge of Manchester City, they have a stronger head to head record against any team, but Crystal Palace have been a thorn in their side on the past two occasions now. They became the second team last season to take points from Manchester City, as they drew 0-0 at home – but could have been better had they converted a last minute penalty.

To follow up with that, Crystal Palace became the first side to beat Manchester City this season, as they won 3-2 away from home just before Christmas. Before those two fixtures, Manchester City were dominant in this fixture, having won the previous 7 meetings. Crystal Palace last beat Manchester City at home back in 2015.

Predictions and Betting Tips Crystal Palace vs Manchester City

bet now betting on football Crystal Palace are at 17/2 to get the victory, with Manchester City firm favourites at 1/3. For the sides to draw, that is at 17/4. Crystal Palace haven’t been majorly impressive at home against the big clubs this season, as Arsenal are the only team to leave Selhurst Park without the three points. Manchester City will want to bounce back from their mid-week defeat with a win, and really put the pressure on Liverpool.

I expect Manchester City to win 2-0, priced at 11/2. For goal scorers, I’d recommend Gabriel Jesus, and Raheem Sterling to get the goals, with odds of both of them at 7/2. Manchester City haven’t blown away teams of late, so it may be surprising to see that betting on City to win by a margin of 3 or more goals is at 21/10, whereas winning by 1-goal margin is at a generous 11/4 – I’d go for the latter. Finally, Crystal Palace have been a bogey side for Manchester City in recent fixtures, so for them to get another result against them, either draw or win, is priced at 9/2.

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