City’s record against Crystal Palace is hard to ignore
It’s been good news all round at Selhurst Park over the last couple of the weeks with Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish announcing the club surpassed previous turnover levels last year and are on target for another record in 2015.
Things are also looking to be up on the pitch as the Eagles have won three of their last four in the Premier League – following up derby victories over West Ham United and Queens Park Rangers with a win at Stoke just before the international break.
Alan Pardew certainly has Crystal Palace playing with plenty of flair at the moment and they probably only need one more victory to ensure Premier League football again next season. It would be sweet indeed if that victory came against high-flying Manchester City.
Most of Pardew’s squad has had a nice break since winning at Stoke but those who were on international duty last weekend acquitted themselves well. Wayne Hennessey and Joe Ledley both starred in Wales’ win in Israel, though the midfielder took a knock and had to be substituted – he may have to undertake a late fitness test before Palace name their side to face City. Mile Jedinak scored for Australia in a creditable draw against world champions Germany but James McArthur was an unused substitute for Scotland against Gibraltar.
A poor record in the capital this season hasn’t helped as they’ve already failed to win at Arsenal, Chelsea and QPR this season and lost at West Ham. Ironically, their last victory in London came at Crystal Palace almost a year ago.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side have lost their last three away games in all competitions but the Argentinian coach would have been happy to see new signing Wilfried Bony open his account against West Brom a couple of weeks ago and will be expecting more from the Ivorian between now and the end of the campaign.
Crystal Palace have improved of late but it’s still 12 matches since they last kept a clean sheet at Selhurst Park and they have lost seven in a row against City. Another win for the visitors in this latest encounter is 4/6 while we have the champions at 13/10 to be winning at half time and full time.
The match kicks off at 8.00pm on Monday, April 6 at Selhurst Park.