Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
Key Stat: Manchester City have won their last seven consecutive matches, and are unbeaten in their last 14 in total.
Expert Verdict: Manchester City won ugly against Brighton last time out to continue their winning streak, but it is another tick in the box as they look for more consistent winning form. They now welcome an out-of-form Crystal Palace team to the Etihad and should be getting three more points.
In-form Manchester City welcome Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace to the Etihad Stadium as Pep Guardiola’s side look to close the gap to the top of the table, and take advantage of Liverpool and Manchester United facing each other. The game takes place on Sunday January 16 and the live action starts at 19:15 local time.
Defenders:Kyle Walker, John Stones, Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo
Midfielders:Kevin de Bruyne, Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan
Forwards:Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Phil Foden
Defenders:Joel Ward, James Tomkins, Cheikh Kouyate, Tyrick Mitchell
Midfielders:Andros Townsend, James McArthur, Luka Milivojevic, Eberechi Eze
Forwards:Wilfried Zaha, Christian Benteke
Crystal Palace have actually avoided defeat in each of their last two visits to the Etihad – winning 3-2 in December 2018 and drawing 2-2 in January last year. City did win twice at Selhurst Park in between, however. In last season’s most recent meeting – almost exactly a year ago – Sergio Aguero scored two late goals to turn the match around after Cenk Tosun’s opener but an even later Fernandinho own goal meant City had to settle for a point. Here are the results of their last five matches:
Jan 18, 2020: Manchester City 2-2 Crystal Palace
Oct 19, 2019: Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester City
Apr 14, 2019: Crystal Palace 1-3 Manchester City
Dec 22, 2018: Manchester City 2-3 Crystal Palace
Dec 31, 2017: Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester City
Manchester City are favourites to win at home to Crystal Palace, and can be backed at 1/6 with 888sport, Betway and 10Bet.
After scoring just one against Brighton last time out, this is a chance for City to bounce back to goalscoring ways too and over 2.5 goals will return 8/15 with Bet365.
Phil Foden scored last time out and he is 13/10 with 888sport and Bet365 to score at any time.
Manchester City are in winning form and, after a narrow win last time out, their attacking stars will be keen to get back among the goals this time.