Manchester City will likely be looking to restore their advantage at the top of the Premier League standings on Monday evening when they travel to Crystal Palace. The Eagles will be looking to maintain their solid run of form and pick up a third win in four games.
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This season’s Premier League title race looks set to be another thrilling showdown between Manchester City and Liverpool. Both sides have been excellent throughout the season, and the Reds could be just three points behind City by the time that Pep Guardiola’s side kick off on Monday night.
City have shown consistently over the past couple of seasons that they are unshakeable under pressure, but there have been indications that there may be chinks in their arsenal in recent weeks. The reigning champions were beaten by Tottenham Hotspur just a couple of weeks ago, before edging to a 1-0 win against Everton in their last away game.
There were no such issues last weekend though, as they hammered local rivals Manchester United 4-1 at the Etihad. There were two goals apiece for Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez in that win, and City will be searching for a fifth win in six on Monday.
Crystal Palace will be happy with their current position in the league standings, as they sit tenth. It looks extremely unlikely that they will be able to get into the European fight in the second half of the season, but they do boast some impressive form over recent weeks.
The Eagles have won twice in their past three games, and could move up to ninth with an unlikely win against City. Palace’s last win was a 2-0 success on the road against Wolves. Wilfried Zaha scored the second goal in that win, while Jean-Philippe Mateta scored the opener.
Crystal Palace vs Manchester City Head to Head
Crystal Palace have picked up two wins against City in the previous seven meetings. However, both of their wins have come at the Etihad. Their most recent win was a 2-0 success earlier this season. City have won three of their last four away games against the Eagles.
Crystal Palace vs Manchester City Prediction
Palace can take confidence from their win against City earlier this season, but Guardiola’s side are often a different machine in the second half of the campaign. I can’t see past them recording a straightforward win on Monday evening.
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