In desperate need of a response after making a return from the international break, Manchester City will make the trip to a resurging Selhurst Park on Saturday evening.
Suffering a 2-0 defeat at home against Wolves a fortnight ago, the defending champions have seen Liverpool continue to capitalize on their mistakes and sub-par performances.
On the flip side, while Pep Guardiola’s men might be in the midst of a rut, the mood around South London only continues to rise.
Battling from a goal behind to snatch three points off of West Ham on their travels prior to the break, the Eagles have now recorded back-to-back victories and their form on home soil has continued to catch the eye.
Although the Sky Blues will travel South as a landslide favourite with the bookmakers, Palace will take some solace from their most recent meetings against Saturday’s guests.
Roy Hodgson’s men have lost just one of their previous three meetings against City and you might be interested to know that a Palace double chance can be found at 3/1 with Ladbrokes.
Crystal Palace – The Premier League’s surprise package?
Putting in yet another rugged display and snatching a dramatic 2-1 win at the London Stadium a fortnight ago, few across England would have expected Palace’s start to the season.
Enjoying a three-match unbeaten run and losing just two of their opening eight appearances so far, only their goal difference keeps Roy Hodgson’s men outside the top-four.
A huge part of the Eagles’ stellar start to the New Year has come once again down to their resilience on home soil.
Palace are yet to taste defeat at Selhurst Park this season and have lost just a single Premier League matchup in South London in their last eight appearances, a run that stems back to the 9th of March.
The former England boss now has his sights firmly set on helping Palace land their first top-half finish since the 2014/2015 campaign.
Saturday’s hosts are currently pencilled in at 13/8 with Bet365 to find themselves in the top-10 come May, only behind Everton and West Ham who sit at 10/11 and 4/6 respectively.
City desperate to close the gap
Slumping to a lacklustre display and watching Wolves pick up a 2-0 win at the Etihad a fortnight ago, Manchester City appear to be struggling to set a similar level they have previously produced over the past 24 months.
Now watching Liverpool hold a commanding eight-point buffer at the top of the table, the defending champions have also seen their title ambitions take a huge dent with the bookmakers.
Saturday’s guests are now priced 13/10 with Coral to lift their third consecutive domestic crown, behind Jurgen Klopp’s men who sit at 4/6.
Elsewhere, along with Sergio Aguero thankfully walking away from a minor car crash unscathed earlier in the week, it is also believed that Guardiola will hand Kevin De Bruyne a return after suffering a minor groin injury.
You might be interested to know that Aguero has bagged eight goals in his opening eight Premier League matches this season and can be found at 3/5 with 888Sport to extend on his purple patch this weekend.