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League Cup: Manchester City vs Crystal Palace preview

Kick off: 28.10.2015 @20:45

Venue: Etihad Stadium

Head to head record

Crystal Palace vs Manchester City 0-1 (2015/16 Premier League)
Crystal Palace vs Manchester City 2-1 (2014/15 Premier League)
Manchester City vs Crystal Palace 3-0 (2014/15 Premier League)
Crystal Palace vs Manchester City 0-2 (2013/14 Premier League)
Manchester City vs Crystal Palace 1-0 (2013/14 Premier League)

Manchester City vs Crystal Palace prediction

The Citizens are taking a break from the Premier League contest to host Crystal Palace in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday, after the emotionally draining Manchester derby last weekend.

Bad news for Pellegrini

Manchester City have been in fine form recently, having gone five games without defeat. Their four-game winning streak was halted at the Old Trafford this weekend with a goalless stalemate against the city rivals Manchester United, but Pellegrini’s men have been pretty efficient before that with 5-1 and 6-1 wins over Bournemouth and Newcastle United respectively. Manchester City have secured their place in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup in September when they stomped over Sunderland in a 4-1 home win thanks to goals from Sergio Aguero, Kevin de Bruyne, an own goal by Manone and finally Raheem Sterling. Manuel Pellegrini received some bad news in the build up to the Wednesday’s game as the Argentine striker Sergio Aguero is set to miss additional four games for his side. Even though he was expected to be out for a month, the 27-year-old forward will most likely miss the following Premier League game against Norwich, but also the return Champions League fixture with Sevilla, and finally the Aston Villa clash. Aguero has scored eight goals this season, including a five-goal galore in his 20-minute spell against Newcastle United. City’s attacking line has been pretty impotent in his absence with Wilfred Bony deputising as the Citizens’ main striker in the last three games.

Apart from not being able to count on Aguero, Manchester City will also be without injured David Silva, but also Fernandinho who picked up his fifth booking against Manchester United and will be forced to sit through one match for his team.

Palace looking to end the poor run

It has been only wins and losses for Crystal Palace this season. Alan Pardew’s menhave either won or lost their 12 fixtures across competitions, with five triumphs and as many defeats in the Premier League so far, which was enough for the 7th position in the standings. Another two wins of the current season were recorded in the Capital One Cup, against Shrewsbury and Charlton with the identical result of 4-1. Pardew’s charges are in for a much more difficult job this time around at the Etihad, and Wilfried Zaha has rallied his teammates and urged them to recover from their back-to-back Premier League defeats. The Eagles were first beaten by West Ham United at their home ground 3-1, and were subsequently defeated by Leicester City away, through a solitary goal from the Premier League sensation Jamie Vardy. However, Crystal Palace are confident as they have so far won nine of their 13 matches away from Selhurst Park under Alan Pardew, and will be hopeful that Bakary Sako and Yohan Cabaye could continue with their fine performances. The Senegalese winger has been in fine form of late, while his French teammate netted 4 times in ten games since his return from Paris Saint Germain. The 29-year-old midfielder has flourished since he was reunited with his former Newcastle boss.

Pape Souare, Connor Wickham and Marouane Chamakh are out of contention for Wednesday’s game at the Etihad, while Wilfried Zaha is likely to return to the starting line up after starting on the bench last weekend.

Manchester City vs Crystal Palace betting tip

The hosts are in excellent home form this season and will be eager to make progress to the next round of the Capital One Cup, and while the visitors are no pushovers coming to Etihad I expect a home win. The Citizens have struggled upfront in their last two games, but I can see them scoring a couple against the Eagles for morale boost.

Tip: Man City/Man City

Odds: 2.05 (21/20) @Coral

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