Manchester City vs Crystal Palace Match Preview

MANCHESTER CITY meet draw specialists Crystal Palace at the Etihad on Saturday and welcome one of their most favoured opponents.

Pep Guardiola’s side suffered midweek disappointment when they went out of the Carabao Cup – a competition they have owned recently after winning it four years on the bounce – after a penalty shootout at West Ham.

They’ve stuttered in cup competitions after a defeat to PSG too in the Champions League, but after a surprise defeat at Spurs on the opening day of the season, they have been very consistent in the league, having won six of their last eight games.

Palace love a share of the spoils – their last four games have seen them collect a point against Newcastle United, Arsenal, Leicester City and Brighton. Three of those were at home, but they should have beaten Arsenal having conceded an equaliser deep into injury time.

City usually relish a game against Palace. They’re unbeaten in 13 out of their last 14 meetings and are usually ultra-consistent against the Eagles and they will be expected to keep up that run.

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Recent head to heads

There were a couple of bloodless wins for City last season as they cruised to the title when they crushed Palace 4-0 in Manchester and 2-0 in London. The Etihad game can be seen below. Palace did win at this venue three visits ago in a surprise 3-2 win.

Players to watch

City’s leading league scorer this season is perhaps surprisingly Phil Foden, who has three goals in four starts. City do like to spread their goals around the team, but the England star appears to be back to approaching his best.

Wilfried Zaha was only fit enough to come off the bench against Newcastle, but should start here and will be aiming for his third goal of the season.

Anything else catch the eye?

City have yet to concede a goal at home this season and that could easily be extended on Saturday despite Palace being a tough nut to crack.

When Palace travelled away to City’s rivals Liverpool and Chelsea they lost 3-0 on both occasions, but they’ve toughened up since then and City struggled to steamroll Burnley recently at home.

This English Premier League match between Manchester City and Crystal Palace will be played on Oct 30, 2021 and kick off at 15:00. Check below Home page or Soccer Tips for our prediction.

Manchester city to score in both halves

Mahrez to score

Crystal palace more yellow card


Manchester City Form

27 Oct 21West Ham United0 – 0Manchester City
23 Oct 21Brighton & Hove Albion1- 4Manchester City
19 Oct 21Club Brugge1- 5 Manchester City
16 Oct 21Manchester City2 – 0Tottenham 
3 Oct 21Liverpool2 – 2 Manchester City

Crystal Palace Form

23 Oct 21Crystal Palace1 – 1 Newcastle United
18 Oct 21 Arsenal2 – 2 Crystal Palace
3 Oct 21Crystal Palace2 – 2 Leicester City
27 Sep 21Crystal Palace1 – 1 Brighton & Hove Albion
18 Sep 21Liverpool3 – 0 Crystal Palace
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