A Crystal Palace side unbeaten at home (W2, D2) in the Premier League (PL), take on reigning champions Manchester City having held their own in the last three H2Hs (W1, D1, L1). The ‘Eagles’ have conceded just one goal at home this season, and have seen an average of only 1.25 total goals per home league fixture.
Indeed, their overall average of 2.0 total goals per match is the second-lowest in the league. Part of that is down to cautious starts, with a joint-high five of their eight PL matches being tied at half-time – all five were goalless at the break.
After two defeats in their last five PL matches (W3, L2), City have seen Liverpool’s lead at the top increase to eight points. They remain the division’s highest scorers though (3.38 goals per match on average), and have netted at least two goals in every away match so far. However, they have claimed just three clean sheets from the opening eight PL rounds.
Overall, City has won 18 of their last 21 PL matches, with 12 arriving by at least a two-goal margin, including all five wins this season. Goals look likely then, especially as four of the last five H2Hs produced over 3.5.
Players to watch: Jordan Ayew has scored the final match goal in two of Palace’s last five league games.
Sergio Agüero (MCI) has netted in six of eight PL matches so far, notching eight goals in total. Five of those were scored before half-time.
Stat attack: Four of the Palace’s eight PL matches have featured at least one goal after the 85th minute.
Palace’s PL matches have averaged 5.5 yellow cards – and their opponents have been shown a red card three times.
The city has scored at least two goals in four of eight PL second halves so far.
Will not play
Referee: Taylor A. (Eng),
Venue: Selhurst Park (London)
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