Manchester City travel to South London on Saturday afternoon for the evening clash with Crystal Palace. After a dismal showing at home to Wolves in their last outing, the blues will be looking to bring three points back to Manchester to make up some of the ground they have lost.
Palace are unbeaten so far this season at home and City have had mixed results on their travels to Selhurst Park, but what do the stats say about this fixture?
Blues Almost Perfect In South London
City’s recent record at Palace is almost perfect. From the last six games played at Selhurst Park, the blues have won five and drawn one. That solitary draw was kept intact when Ederson saved a last minute penalty in December 2017. But if we are being really wanted to be pedantic about City’s recent record, we could say that the blues have won seven out of the last nine games played, with the only defeat coming in April 2015 when the blues lost 2-1.
That record hides the previous one, where City won just once in eleven visits – a 3-1 win in April 1991. During that period, the blues lost and drew five between May 1988 and December 2001.
Goal Shy Eagles
In the last nine games at Selhurst Park, Palace have only managed to score five goals against the blues and have not scored more than two since September 1996 when Palace beat City 3-1. In fact, Palace have only ever scored more than two goals at home to the blues on just on occasion – a 4-0 win over City in a League Cup quarter final match in January 1995.
City haven’t fared much better. From the 31 matches played in South London[NH1] , City have scored a maximum of three goals on four occasions, and their biggest win is a 3-0 FA Cup triumph in January 2017.
Overall, City have scored 39 goals in 31 matches at Selhurst park, an average of 1.21 goals per game. Palace on the other hand have scored 34 goals in the same amount of games, giving them a slightly lesser average of 1.09 goals per game.
In terms of clean sheets, City have prevented Palace from scoring in this fixture on ten occasions, winning seven of those matches. Palace meanwhile, have stopped City from scoring in nine matches, winning six of those games.
Unbeaten Runs And Winless Streaks
City are currently in the middle of their best unbeaten run at Selhurst Park, not losing in five matches stretching and the longest winning streak is three matches, achieved on three occasions since their first meeting back in 1921. The longest City have gone without a win is seven matches, between January 1992 and December 2001. The blues drew three and lost four of those matches during that period.
Palace’s best winning streak is also three matches, but they have only achieved this on one occasion, between January 1995 and September 1996.
Autumn Blues For Palace
Autumn seems to be a good time for City to visit Palace. They have played five games during the autumn, with City winning three, while losing one and drawing one. However, the only draw is the only time these two teams have met in south London on 17th October 1992, when the pair played out a goalless draw.
Who will come out on top on Saturday?