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Crystal Palace v Manchester City Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

13:21 EAT 31/12/2017
Raheem Sterling Manchester City celebrate
With teams choosing to sit back and look to frustrate, Al Hain-Cole expects Guardiola's men to have very little defending to do against the Eagles

Manchester City will be looking to equal the longest winning streak in Europe’s top five leagues when they take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in Sunday’s Premier League clash.

With 18 consecutive victories to their name, Pep Guardiola’s team are just one away from the run of 19 wins he oversaw himself while manager of Bayern Munich back in 2013/14.

Match odds

Having won 10 of the last 11 league encounters against this opposition, they are clear 2/7 (1.22) favourites with bet365 to pull level with the Germans’ record with yet another victory here.

Meanwhile, the Eagles saw their own eight-game unbeaten streak ended by a 3-2 defeat at home to Arsenal on Thursday, but can be backed at 10/1 (11.00) to bounce back with a shock win against the runaway leaders.

None of the last 16 meetings between these teams have resulted in draws, but you can get odds of 21/4 (6.25) on them cancelling each other out in this one.

Dominant City

While neutrals have generally been enjoying some of the Citizens’ scintillating attacking football, a growing number have bemoaned the increasingly one-sided nature of their matches.

With opponents reluctant to go toe-to-toe with such a formidable foe, most have taken to sitting back and concentrating on frustrating them with some determined rearguard action.

Although this tactic is yet to provide successful against a team so blessed with attacking talent, it has meant that Ederson has largely been a spectator in the City goal recently.

Tips and predictions

Having only conceded a single goal apiece to Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in the last five fixtures, the guests should have little trouble in keeping at bay a team sitting just above the relegation zone with only 18 goals to their name after 20 matches.

All in all, odds of 11/10 (2.10) offer strong value on Roy Hodgson’s men failing to score en route to defeat for the 10th meeting in 13 between the teams.

Odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.

Man City to win to nil at 11/10 (2.10) for a 2pt stake with bet365