Thursday, March 30, 2023

Prediction: Crystal Palace vs Manchester City

Harry Kettle in Free Soccer Predictions 9 Mar 2023


Prediction: Man City win

Best Odds: 1/3

Bookmaker: 888sport

The Premier League returns to our screens this weekend with a whole host of exciting fixtures littered throughout English football’s top flight. We’re into the final 12-game stretch of the campaign and while that may sound like a lot, there are plenty of matches to catch up with following the winter break. Today, we’ll be taking a look at what should be a fun encounter between Crystal Palace and Manchester City.

Crystal Palace

The big concern for Crystal Palace fans right now is that they could, once again, slip down into yet another relegation battle. They’ve spent most of the season away from danger but following a poor string of results, they can no longer realistically call themselves a ‘mid-table’ team. Instead, the Eagles have been left to look over their shoulder at every turn, and that’ll continue to be the case regardless of what happens in this one.

Team News

Doucoure is suspended after being sent off against Villa with Johnstone and Ferguson both being injured.

Manchester City

Pep Guardiola has never been the kind of man to roll over and give up. The campaign has been a tricky one up to this point, at least by City’s standards, and his big hope will be that things turn around sooner rather than later. They are still firmly fixed in the Premier League title race but with the Gunners pulling magical results out of thin air, you do wonder whether this just isn’t City’s year (for once).

Team News

Foden is the only fitness concern here after his foot injury started bothering him again against Newcastle.

Factors to Consider

  • In their last meeting back in August, City beat Palace 4-2.
  • Palace have drawn four and lost two of their last six games.
  • City have won four and drawn two of their last six games.
  • Palace have scored three goals and conceded five in their last six games.
  • City have scored 14 goals and conceded four in their last six games.


The big problem for Palace lately has been their ability to strike while the iron is hot in the final third – both home and away. That attacking intent was certainly present when Vieira first arrived but it no longer appears to be present. On the flip side, City are hunting down Arsenal like bloodhounds, which is why we’re backing them to edge out an entertaining 2-1 win at Selhurst on Saturday.

Prediction: Man City win

Best Odds: 1/3

Bookmaker: 888sport


Harry Kettle

Harry is a University of Worcester graduate who has been writing professionally for the last two years. He specialises in several sports such as MMA, pro wrestling and athletics, with football being his primary love. He continues to dream of a life in the Premier League as a Wolves fan.



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