Though still a point off the top, Manchester City remain as potent as ever, scoring two or more goals in each of their nine Premier League (PL) home games this season, winning by a margin of multiple goals in eight of them. Additionally, City have now scored 2+ goals in all of their last 20 PL home victories against teams outside the current top six.
Against all PL visitors to the Etihad Stadium, Pep Guardiola’s men have (since May 2018) scored inside the first 30 minutes (W10, D0, L0) while additionally scoring inside the first 15 minutes on a majority (five) of the last eight occasions.
Crystal Palace arrive in Manchester after taking just one away point from the last 18 available. Much of their poor away form is down to late capitulations, with three out of their last four away PL away defeats seeing them concede 2+ goals – without a reply in between – in a single second half of action.
Across all competitions, six of the last seven matches between these sides have produced over 2.5 goals. It’s likely to be City enjoying the lion’s share – if not all of them – with Palace teams conceding first and/or losing the first half in six of their last eight matches against City.
Players to watch: With a brace against Everton last weekend, City’s Gabriel Jesus will be staking a real claim for a starting XI berth!
Palace winger Jeffrey Schlupp netted a late consolation in the Eagles’ last road trip – but is yet to score in successive PL games.
Stat attack: Across all competitions, eight of City’s last ten matches have each produced over 2.5 total match goals.
Six of City’s last seven outings (in all competitions) have seen both teams score.
This season, Palace have returned a PL record of: W0, D0, L5 where they have conceded first.
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Referee: Marriner A. (Eng),
Venue: Etihad Stadium (Manchester)
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