Manchester City still sit undefeated but no longer have a perfect record after drawing Newcastle, and now they must take on a talented Crystal Palace team. Check out our Manchester City-Crystal Palace picks for Matchday 4 of the Premier League season.
Erling Haaland and Wilfried Zaha have both been offensive machines for their respective clubs. They'll meet this weekend in what is expected to be a high-scoring thriller between Manchester City and Crystal Palace.
Here are our Premier League Matchday 4 picks and predictions for Saturday's match between Manchester City and Crystal Palace (odds via Pointsbet, FanDuel Sportsbook, and DraftKings Sportsbook; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).
Manchester City vs. Crystal Palace Game Info
Date: Saturday, Aug. 27, 10 a.m. ET
TV: fuboTV, NBC Sports
Location: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
Weather: 59 degrees, 20% chance of precipitation, 15-mph winds
Manchester City vs. Crystal Palace Odds Analysis
Manchester City are the heavy favorites, priced as short as -650 via DraftKings. For those looking to back the underdogs, you can find Crystal Palace listed at +1700 via DraftKings.
Manchester City vs. Crystal Palace Picks
Manchester City vs. Crystal Palace Spread Pick
Crystal Palace +1.5 (+148) ★★★★
Other than their loss to first-place Arsenal to kick off their season, Patrick Vieira’s Palace have been in spectacular form, drawing Liverpool and dominating Aston Villa in their last two fixtures.
Manchester City showed their vulnerability as they trailed Newcastle at halftime of Matchday 3, but the reigning Premier League champions showed just how resilient they can be in their second-half comeback.
While City are looking to avoid another scare like they faced against Eddie Howe’s side, they have shown that there are gaps that can be taken advantage of by a player like Wilfried Zaha or Odsonne Edouard.
Crystal Palace are on an upward swing and can stay within two goals of City. Palace are likely to give them another tough competition for the second week in a row as City manager Pep Guardiola fine-tunes his lineup.
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Manchester City vs. Crystal Palace O/U Pick
Over 3.5 (+110) ★★★
Manchester City alone have scored nine goals this season, including seven in their last two fixtures.
Palace have scored four goals in league play this season, but all have come from their last two fixtures including a dominant 3-1 win over Aston Villa.
Haaland holds a league-best 3.0 expected goals per game, but Palace’s Zaha is not far behind with an xG of 2.1 of his own.
City have more supplemental scoring power in Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan. Between two teams who have found their scoring power early this season, four combined goals is an easy feat.
Manchester City vs. Crystal Palace Prop Bet
Zaha anytime scorer (+400) ★★★★
After the form Zaha has had in his last two games for Palace, getting him to score at any time for +400 is a steal. He has netted goals in each of Palace’s last two games, scoring twice against Aston Villa to secure the win and scoring Palace’s lone goal against Liverpool.
While City will be one of the toughest defenses Palace has faced yet, Zaha has scored three goals on just five shots on target this season.
Scoring a career-high 14 goals in 33 matches last season, Zaha is continually improving as Palace’s most reliable offensive piece with 11 goals in his last 16 Premier League appearances.
City may be favoured take the win in the game, but Palace have found the scoresheet in consecutive games this season thanks to Zaha and will be feeding him the ball to strike as often as possible.
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Manchester City-Crystal Palace picks made 8/25/2022 at 12:14 p.m. ET.