Man City let go of their iron grip on the League Cup midweek as they were ejected on penalties by West Ham, having lifted that trophy in each of the past four seasons.
It wasn’t for lack of effort however with the side managing 25 attempts on goal, and Pep Guardiola need have no concerns over the firepower at his disposal having registered nine goals across their previous two appearances away to Club Brugge and Brighton.
Still, with deep resources and Ferran Torres his only major absentee, he’ll be sure to ring the changes here and bring the likes of Phil Foden, Jack Grealish and Gabriel Jesus back into the starting line-up.
Patrick Vieira hasn’t any new concerns of his own either with Eberechi Eze and Nathan Ferguson both long-term absentees due to Achilles injuries, as neither have featured this season under new management.
The former Arsenal icon appears to have settled on Conor Gallagher, Luka Milivojevic and James McArthur as his preferred midfield trio, while with Michael Olise impressing in recent performances and talisman Wilfried Zaha a guaranteed starter, it would appear that Christian Benteke and Odsonne Edouard will have to compete for the central striking role.
Man City To Win 3-0
Palace are steadily picking up points but they’ve had a tough time earning victories and are currently on a run of four consecutive stalemates.
In fact, they’ve won just once this season from 10 appearances in all competitions, though aside from a League Cup defeat to Watford in a tight encounter, their only other defeats have come away to Chelsea and Liverpool, both by 3-0 scorelines.
Of course, those two sides are clearly shaping up as the genuine contenders to dethrone Man City domestically, and it would be no surprise to see Pep Guardiola’s team cutting through their visitor’s new-look defence with the same regularity.
The Eagles are certainly more entertaining on the eye than they had been under Roy Hodgson, but they’re now without a clean sheet in five appearances, while away from home they’re yet to shut their opponents out this term.
Man City To Win To Nil
Man City did the double over Palace last season, winning 2-0 at Selhurst Park and 4-0 here at the Etihad. On home turf alone, Man City have won five of six unbeaten appearances this season, registering a minimum of five goals on four occasions and as many as 24 in total.
They’re yet to concede in four league games at the Etihad this season and given Palace’s struggle to gain a foothold in their clashes with both Chelsea and Liverpool, a similar outcome to the 3-0 defeats they suffered in those fixtures should be expected here.
MAN CITY TO WIN 3-0
MAN CITY TO WIN TO NIL