Friday, 18 November 2016

Crystal Palace - Manchester City

PICK: Manchester City -0,5 1st half @2,06 PINNACLE 5/10

I've been writing about City's performances in first halves and I will take this bet again. It's true that they were poor against Barca in first 40 minutes, but they were better in first match.. But well, it's impossible to compare Crystal and Barca.

Crystal Palace is in really poor form recently, loosing 4 matches in a row against opponents like West Ham, Leicester, Liverpool and Burnley. Specially lost against Burnley was something not expected and it looks that Pardew's crew has problems. 

Some players returned from national duties, but I think that City will be extra motivated to stop playing draws at home. Aguero was used only for 45 minutes in 2 matches for Argentina, so I expect him in starting lineup. Fernando and Kompany still has problems with injuries, same with Delph, while Sagna is slowly coming back and it could be used instead of Zabaleta, who also didn't play against Columbia. 

Crystal Palace is far from being poor in attack, but they're defence is far from being good. They concede 7 goals in last three matches, and I expect big problems for them specially in first half when City will press them already in they're box. City is 1st in all facts of statistics in PL, but they have problems with realisation. They're draws could finish with 2-3 goals difference, but they are missing too much chances. They need to have lead for 2 goals because lack of discipline, luck and also strong mentality are killing them in last minutes of match. I expect them to press high and take the lead already in first half.

HT: 0-1

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