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Man City can wrap up the title this weekend should they win here and rivals United lose at Liverpool. However, with this game sandwiched between the two legs of their crucial Champions League encounters with PSG, expect a heavy degree of rotation from Pep Guardiola with league success a formality at this point.
Still, City only used one substitute midweek as the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero to name just a few were left sitting on the bench.
Tired legs shouldn’t be an issue for the players that will start here then, nor will it be a team sheet lacking in quality.
Crystal Palace may not be the most motivated of opponents either seeing as the season is effectively over for them.
Despite a run of just a single victory in seven matches (W1-D3-L3), the Eagles are in no danger of being sucked into a late relegation scrap.
Even the solitary win came over a relegation bound West Brom outfit, and their last couple of appearances give a clear indication of how this encounter should play out.
Man City To Win And Over 2.5 Goals
Back-to-back defeats to Chelsea and Leicester continued a strong theme for the hosts when facing quality outfits this term.
They’ve now suffered defeat in five of their past six versus the top seven in the league, while overall the Eagles are W1-D4-L7 this term up against those sides.
Both teams scored in eight of the 12 matches, as all but one of those defeats featured at least four goals, with the exception when limiting Leicester to a 2-1 scoreline last time out.
Palace lost the reverse fixture 4-0, meaning that four of five head to heads since 2018/19 have seen over 3.5 goals land.
The ability Roy Hodgson’s men have demonstrated to nick a goal against the top sides suggests this clash should also contain a reasonable output, while both teams have scored in four of their past five against anyone.
Moreover, Man City have seen at least three goals in five of their last seven appearances, as they’ve actually only registered a single clean sheet over this period.
Admittedly, they’ve had a tough run of fixtures with this run including a pair of tussles with Dortmund, as well as games against Chelsea, Tottenham and PSG.
However, their firepower combined with the odd collapse Palace have endured defensively when encountering top sides suggests this game shouldn’t be short of goals.
City’s superior quality should see them come out on top, even if some star names are given the night off, as indeed their record of 31 wins from their past 34 matches demonstrates.
It’s not as if Guardiola hasn’t rotated heavily over this period, and the away win and over 2.5 goals appears a fairly safe bet.