Venue: Etihad Stadium
Date: 16 January 2016
Kick off: 15:00
UK TV: Not on TV.
The ‘goals for’ column in the Premier League table offers encouragement heading into Saturday’s clash against Crystal Palace. We’ve put the ball in the back of the net 29 times at home this season – that’s six more than any other side in the league. The visitors have done that just 11 times on their travels.
Alan Pardew will be delighted with his team’s form on the road, though. For all their troubles in front of goal, The Eagles have conceded fewer goals (8) than any of their 19 league rivals and boast an away record only Leicester City, Arsenal, West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur can claim to better.
But Alan Pardew – the pompous, slimy, excruciatingly arrogant arse – being happy doesn’t sit too well with me. So allow me to offer to you the details of Palace’s last four league games. They’ve managed a grand total of two points from fixtures against struggling Bournemouth, Swansea City, Chelsea and Aston Villa in the last month and have only two goals to their name. Star man and serial trickster Yannick Bolasie missed every single one of those games through injury which offers some explanation for a ghastly record of two goals in 360 minutes of football; but still, Aston Villa? Not so cocky now, are you Alan?
The man he infamously branded an ‘old c***’ just over a year ago can’t exactly hold his head high at the moment either. We’re staring a Capital One Cup exit in the face and failed to convert 22 attempts on goal against Everton on Wednesday night. It was a good performance, but without goals, we’re becoming more and more dependent on the form of Arsenal rather than our own.
Regardless, I’m expecting a backlash today. Palace have speed on the wings in Wilfried Zaha and creativity in the middle with Yohan Cabaye. Zaha will certainly test either the rustiness of Clichy or the defensive vulnerability of Kolarov and Cabaye could puncture our rather questionable centre of midfield with Fernandinho still injured, but I see us, driven by a rampant Sergio Agüero, winning comfortably.
It’s going to be 3-0. I’m telling you.
Predict the score:
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