Manchester City finds themselves in a tight title race. Despite a rough patch of four Premier League games without a win, Pep Guardiola’s team displayed championship resilience last Sunday, securing a crucial 2-1 comeback victory against Luton Town.
This keeps them in close pursuit of Liverpool, Arsenal, and Aston Villa. However, as City prepares for the FIFA Club World Cup in Saudi Arabia, they’re expected to lose ground. Hence, grabbing three points against Crystal Palace in their upcoming league fixture before Christmas becomes imperative.
Manchester City has a dominant record against Crystal Palace in recent Premier League encounters, with just two losses in their last 16 games against them. However, both defeats occurred at the Etihad Stadium, in December 2018 and October 2021. Despite Palace’s threat in a previous fixture where they led 2-0 before City made a remarkable comeback for a 4-2 win, they haven’t replicated such strong starts this season, scoring only three goals in the first halves of their matches compared to City’s 18.
Interestingly, City tends to score most of their goals against Palace after halftime, with 12 of their last 13 league goals coming in the second half, including the last 10 consecutively. In their recent meeting at Selhurst Park, City secured a 1-0 victory with a late Haaland penalty.