With their Premier League form looking increasingly concerning, Crystal Palace will be hoping for a morale-boosting FA Cup victory when Manchester City visit Selhurst Park on Saturday.
Having dropped into the bottom three after suffering a fourth consecutive league defeat, Sam Allardyce’s men are available at 11/2 (6.50) with Betfair Sportsbook to give their fans a lift with a shock cup win here.
The Citizens ran out 2-1 winners when the sides met at this ground in November and are clear 1/2(1.50) favourites to come out on top yet again in this one.
None of the last 13 encounters between these teams have resulted in draws, but you can get odds of 3/1 (4.00) on them taking this one to a replay after a stalemate in south London.
After coming in for plenty of criticism following a shock 4-0 defeat to Everton the week before, Pep Guardiola’s team looked set to make a mockery of the doubters when they went 2-0 up in an emphatic performance against in-form Tottenham.
However, that good work was once again undone by a backline that has borne the brunt of the blame for the recent loss of form, conceding twice to leave them with just a single point to show for their efforts.
Having now kept just four clean sheets in the last 25 games, it is difficult to confidently expect the visitors to put up too stern a resistance at a typically intimidating Selhurst Park, where the Eagles will be enjoying a break from the high pressure fight against relegation.
Nevertheless, considering the home side have only kept one clean sheet in 23 matches against top flight opposition themselves, City’s prolific frontline should ensure another high-scoring cup clash – with their previous four FA Cup ties alone providing 18 goals.
All in all, odds of 7/10 (1.70) simply cannot be missed on over 2.5 goals being scored for the sixth time in seven meetings between these teams on Saturday.