Crystal Palace - Manchester City Betting Preview: In-form Eagles can keep things tight against City

Manuel Pellegrini's men need all three points if they are to stand any chance of claiming the Premier League title but Tony Pulis' side can keep things tight this weekend
Manchester City kept alive their slim hopes of claiming the Premier League title with a comfortable 3-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Monday night but Manuel Pellegrini’s men face a stern test against in-form Crystal Palace this weekend.

The Eagles have chalked up five consecutive Premier League wins – including a 1-0 win over Chelsea at Selhurst Park last month – and will be keen to extend their winning run when they face Manuel Pellegrini's side in South London this weekend.

Palace can be backed at a chunky 6/1 (7.0) with bet365 to claim all three points on Sunday afternoon while City - who know that they must win if they are to stand any chance of winning the league title - can be backed at just 4/9 (1.44) with the same firm.

Draw backers may be tempted to snap up the 100/30 (4.33) quote from bet365 that this weekend’s clash ends in stalemate.

It is worth noting that Palace have kept a clean sheet in four of their last five matches, while there has been three or more goals scored in just two of the last 13 games that Tony Pulis’ side has contested on home soil.

Were it not for Brendan Rodgers' spectacular achievements at Liverpool, Pulis would be well-fancied to claim the LMA Manager of the Year prize and his ability to tighten up a Palace backline that was conceding goals at an alarming rate under Ian Holloway before his arrival.

Should that trend continue this weekend, there would be value in backing fewer than three goals to be scored at an appealing 6/5 (2.20) with bet365 while the 3/1 (4.0) quote from the same firm for Manchester City to win a match featuring fewer than three goals also appears to be sizeable although considering Palace's recent results it is probably best avoided.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side have scored more than two goals in just one of their last six matches on the road in all competitions and the continued absence of influential midfielder Yaya Toure is likely to hamper the visitors against a well-drilled Eagles defence.

Palace, meanwhile, are likely to adopt a patient approach but the Eagles may lack the firepower to trouble the City rearguard and, therefore, punters are advised to snap up the juicy 6/5 (2.20) quote from bet365 for Sunday’s showdown in south London to feature fewer than three goals.

Under 2.5 goals at 6/5 (2.20) for a 2pts stake with bet365

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