City v Palace: Paddy Power specials
- 27 December 2013 14:39
- Posted by @MCFC
The best odds from Paddy Power ahead of City's clash with the Eagles...
The dust has barely settled on the Boxing Day show down with Liverpool, but this being a bumper Festive football programme, Manchester City don’t have long to recover before going into battle once again. On Saturday they host a Crystal Palace side who have generally been on the up since Tony Pulis slipped into the hotseat.
As City have found over the years, Pulis sides will always make you work hard for victory, but according to Paddy Power, official bookmaker of Manchester City, victory is what is expected. The Citizens are overwhelming 1/7 favourites to beat the Eagles with City to win on the handicap -2 goals available at 10/11.
Recent history between the two clubs is a bit thin on the ground, but the little that there is paints a pleasant picture for City. They’ve won all four of their most recent matches against Palace in all competitions. They’ve also got the upper hand in the overall league history with City winning 18 times to Palace’s 12 and 12 draws.
City’s home form has been exceptional so far this season. They’re on a run of nine wins from nine league games at the Etihad Stadium this season scoring an average of slightly over 4 goals per game. Such has been their impressive home record, Boxing Day’s victory over the Reds was the first time this season City won at home by the minimum margin. On average, City have had three goals to spare at home to their opponents and looking for that kind of scoreline on Saturday looks like the way to go. City to win 3-0 is a 6/1 shot and a 4-0 victory is 8/1. Given City’s free-scoring ways, it’s hard to rule out most options and even a repeat of the 7-0 Norwich scoreline at 45/1 isn’t as ridiculous an option as it normally might be. At more realistic prices however, City have won five of their nine home games without conceding a goal and it’s 4/6 that they win to nil against Palace. In contrast, Palace have won just two of their nine games on the road, losing seven and scoring just five goals on their travels.
With his remarkable run of scoring at the Etihad, Alvaro Negredo is the obvious choice for a First Goalscorer bet. His winning goal against Liverpool was the ninth home game in a row in all competitions in which he has managed to get on the scoresheet. He’s 4/11 to make it ten in a row with a goal at anytime in Saturday’s match and he’s 5/2 to be the game’s First Goalscorer. Also on a run of goalscoring for – albeit a slightly less spectacular one – is Vincent Kompany. His header against Liverpool made it back to back games with a goal for the City captain and he’s 7/1 to make it three in a row with a goal at anytime on Saturday.