Palace run set to end at home to title chasers City
Manchester City have beaten Crystal Palace in their last five matches in all competitions, but it is the home side who are in better form, having incredibly won their last five and assured themselves of Premier League safety.
Title second-favourites City (5/1) are now six points behind leaders Liverpool, with a game in hand, and if the Reds were to slip up and lose against Chelsea in the earlier fixture, then Manuel Pellegrini’s men will be on the front foot.
City will also be boosted by the news that midfield powerhouse and club league top-scorer this campaign Yaya Toure is fit to play. The Ivory Coast star missed the last two games, after going off injured in his club’s 3-2 loss to Liverpool, but can be backed to net anytime at 6/4 on his return.
The last two head-to-heads between the two sides have resulted in a win to nil in City’s favour, so take enticing odds of 11/8 for them to repeat that feat again, or 4/9 just to beat the Londoners.
Palace, on the other hand, are bidding to win their sixth straight top-flight match, which would be a club record, and are priced at 7/1 to do so and wreck Pellegrini’s title chances in his debut season in England.
In that fantastic spell, the Eagles have seen off the likes of Everton and Chelsea, and this fixture will not faze Tony Pulis and his rampaging Palace side. Even more incredibly, they have won to nil in four of those last five games, so if you fancy them to do so again, back them at 14/1.
The Eagles are currently in 11th place in the league, and another win here would see them leapfrog Stoke City – who are a point ahead – into the top 10. They are priced at 9/4 to finish the season in the top half of the table.
Palace could be without striker Marouane Chamakh and midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi for this fixture. While for City, Spanish attackers David Silva and Jesus Navas are both sidelined with ankle injuries.