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Man City v Crystal Palace: Citizens to hit Eagles for six

| 27.12.2013

Last time Crystal Palace emerged victorious in the city of Manchester ‘Ice Ice Baby’ was number one in the UK charts and the Eagles look set to be frozen out yet again against Manchester City.

City are in fine form in front of goal and welcome Tony Pulis’ side to the Etihad on the cusp of a unique hat-trick.

Following the 6-3 win over Arsenal and the 6-0 thumping of Tottenham, the Citizens are on course to smash six goals past London opposition for the third consecutive game and with odds of 29/20 on four or more City goals many could be tempted to back another rout.

Palace look nailed on to be fighting relegation up to the last day this season and a trip to Manchester – a tough ask at the best of times – will look all the more daunting when seeing how other sides from the capital have fared against the Sky Blues.

City are now unbeaten in 16 games at home against sides from the capital – winning 14 and drawing two – with Arsenal the last London side to leave with three points, way back in October 2010.

Such is City’s dominance at home that the hosts are priced as 1/7 favourites to win the game, with the Eagles 14/1 outsiders to cause an upset.

With the result of the game looking a foregone conclusion many could be tempted to look elsewhere for better value and with Sergio Aguero still sidelined through injury the value lies with Alvaro Negredo.

The Spaniard has stepped forward to fill the void left by Agureo with a glut of goals in recent games and can be backed at 5/2 to score the first goal of the game.

Yaya Toure also has his eye in – as evidence by his pinpoint free kick against Fulham – and backing the midfield behemoth to open the scoring this time round returns £70 off a £10 stake.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.