Manchester City take on Crystal Palace as they look to keep their decent home record in the Premier League intact against the Eagles. After losing to West Ham in the League Cup on penalties, City will be eager to get three points against the Premier League strugglers.
City have lost just one of their 11 Premier League games to date against Palace, with their only defeat coming in December 2018, when Palace won 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium. Although their first Premier League meeting came in May 1993, City had to wait until January 2005 for their first victory over Palace.
That came courtesy of a 3-1 win and set in motion a run of five straight league wins over the Eagles, and also one League Cup win. The blues conceded just two goals in that run while scoring 21.
City and Palace met three times outside the Premier League. January 1997, September 1999, and March 2002, with City winning two and drawing one in the First Division.
The two teams have met 32 times previously in all competitions, with City winning 19 to Palace’s 6. City have scored 78 goals compared to 32. The blues have kept 13 clean sheets compared to 5 by the visitors. The last time Palace kept a clean sheet was May 1993, a match that ended 0-0.
Palace won their first ever league game at City, when the Eagles beat the blues 2-0 at Maine Road in a Division Two match in April 1965. The Eagles last two wins at City have seen them score three goals in each match. As well as their win in 2018, a Palace team containing a strike force of Mark Bright and Ian Wright beat 10-man City 3-1 in December 1987.
City’s record win over Palace is an 11-4 FA Cup victory at Maine Road in February 1926, while their heaviest home defeat stands at 3-1. City’s longest unbeaten run is 13 matches, achieved between August 1991 and September 2017. During that run, City recorded their longest winning streak against Palace, winning nine straight league and cup matches.
City’s longest winless run against Palace is three matches, when the two teams recorded three successive draws between May 1993 and January 1997. City longest losing streak is just one game – they have never lost two in succession at home to Palace.
For the superstitious amongst you, City have hosted Palace twice in the month of October and have won both. On 16th October 1965, City beat the Eagles 3-1 at Maine Road, and on 28th October 2015, the two had been drawn together in the League Cup, with City running out 5-1 winners.
Hopefully, they will keep the run going on Saturday.