Manchester City versus Crystal Palace brings together the teams at the top and bottom of the English Premier League ladder and there are plenty of reasons for backing the Citizens to do a number of the Eagles on Saturday.
For starters, Manchester City leads the English Premier League ladder with 13 points and a goal difference of plus 14, whereas Crystal Palace is in the cellar having lost each of its five matches without scoring a goal. And it is not as though Crystal Palace’s English Premier League schedule has been overly tough – the Eagles have lost to three relegation chances in the shape of Huddersfield, Swansea and Burnley.
According to one’s English Premier League collateral form analysis, albeit on limited evidence, Manchester City is vastly superior to Crystal Palace. Manchester City beat Liverpool 5-0 at home in the English Premier League three weeks after Crystal Palace had succumbed 0-1 to the Reds at Anfield. Using that English Premier League collateral form line on its own, Manchester City rates five and a half goals higher than Crystal Palace for a game at Etihad Stadium.
Last term, Manchester City crushed Crystal Palace 5-0 at home and 3-0 on the road in the two English Premier League meetings of the teams – Raheem Sterling was the only Citizens player to score a goal in both contests.
One toyed with the idea of picking Manchester City to cover a three-goal spread at odds of 3/14.00+3003.003.00-0.33 with Betfair but one settled upon nominating the Citizens to win both halves of their English Premier League match versus Crystal Palace at odds of 11/102.10+1101.101.10-0.91 with Betfair and SunBets.
Second seasons are the ones in which Jose Mourinho tends to hit his straps with clubs and the Special One’s Manchester United is throwing down a English Premier League title challenge, one that is likely to continue with a Saturday success over Southampton at odds of 39/501.78-1280.78-1.280.78 with Marathonbet.
Manchester United and Southampton have had two common English Premier League opponents and, according to one’s collateral form analysis, the Red Devils enjoys a 2-0-0 advantage over the Saints. Manchester United ran up 4-0 victories over both West Ham and Swansea, which compares extremely favourably with Southampton’s results against the Hammers and the Swans. It is very easy to make a case for Manchester United being odds on to lower Southampton’s colours at St Mary’s and remember that the Red Devils were 2-1-0 versus Saints across all competitions last term.
On an English Premier League collateral form line featuring Arsenal, which is a reasonable yardstick even though it is a notch below a genuine championship contender, Liverpool is four goals superior to Leicester. Of course, that is likely to be an exaggeration because the English Premier League results sample size is small but one does not have a problem with Liverpool being odds on – 19/201.95-1050.95-1.050.95 with Betfred – to win its first game since annihilating Arsenal 4-0 last month.
Leicester has won each of its last three midlands matches against Liverpool but the Foxes are a pale shadow of the side which gobsmacked the world in winning the English Premier League title two terms ago so one is not bothered about the head-to-head data pertaining to this fixture.
Man City to win both halves
Saturday 23rd September, 15:00 GMT
Manchester United to beat Southampton
Saturday 23rd September, 15:00 GMT
Liverpool to beat Leicester
Saturday 23rd September, 17:30 GMT
Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.
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