Manchester City will be looking for consecutive Premier League win number 19 when they travel to Selhurst Park on New Year’s Eve.
Pep Guardiola’s side were 1-0 winners at Newcastle on Wednesday; 24 hours before Crystal Palace were beaten 3-2 at home by Arsenal.
The Eagles were outplayed in the London derby, only firing two shots on target in a scoreline that was much closer than the match suggested.
Manchester City are looking ridiculously good and will be wanting to keep their winning run going to maintain or extend their massive lead over Manchester United before the Champions League resumes in February.
The Palace defence was opened up several times by Arsenal and so I expect City to replicate that and run out comfortable winners. Sergio Aguero got in good positions versus Newcastle last time out whilst Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva are capable of playing defence-splitting passes around James Tomkins and Scott Dann.
Hector Bellerin was a good outlet for Arsenal from right wingback so you can expect the same from Kyle Walker on Sunday too. Raheem Sterling has been in excellent form this season and I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets on the scoresheet, should he start. As Leroy Sane was mostly rested at St James’ Park the German may start with Sterling dropping to the bench for this one.
With the additional rest and the invincible form I cannot see anything but a comfortable Manchester City win in this one.