Manchester City will try to avoid another surprising elimination in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup when they face Crystal Palace in the 2015-16 edition. This game will be played on Wednesday, October 28th at Etihad Stadium at 19:45.
The Citizens lost last year in the fourth round at home versus Newcastle by 2-0 with goals from Rolando Aarons and Moussa Sissoko. They are looking to lift the cup for the fourth time in their history and second in the past three seasons. In 2014, they defeated Sunderland 3-1 in the title game at Wembley Stadium.
Manchester City drew goalless last weekend against Manchester United, and they come to this game with a streak of five straight games with no defeat, winning four. They are tied to Arsenal in the first place in the English Premier League with 22 points. They are the best team at home so far with four wins and one defeat.
In the Man City v Crystal Palace League Cup Odds, the Citizens are favorites to win this game and advance to the next round. They are listed with 1.4, while the Eagles are with 9.5, and the draw is with 6.0.
The team led by Manuel Pellegrini is the most powerful offense in the English top flight, and they have scored 24 goals, 17 of which have been at Etihad Stadium.
They are listed at online sportsbook Bodog with 1.171 Odds to win this game by two or more goals and with 3.3 to do it by three or more. Crystal Palace are rated at 12.0 to get the victory on the road, and the score draw is with 6.5.
Alan Pardew’s team have had a good start this season, and they are located in the seventh place in the standings of the local tournament with 15 points. They will try to end a streak of two consecutive defeats, after falling versus West Ham and Leicester City. The bad news for the Eagles is that they have been dominated in the series in recent years.
The Citizens won the first meeting of the year between these teams by 1-0 at Selhurst Park thanks to a goal from Kelechi Iheanacho in the last minute of play. With that victory, they have won eight of the past nine games in the league. They have played only two times in the Capital One Cup, and they have split wins. Their last meeting in this tournament was 10 years ago.
Crystal Palace have nine straight games with no win at Etihad Stadium; they will be looking for their first since 1990.
Ivorian striker Wilfried Bony, who has two goals this season, is the favorite to get the first in this match, and he is listed with 5.0. The African player is followed by Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling with 6.5 and Kelechi Iheanacho with 7.0.
Manchester City have failed to score in only one of the 14 games played in all competitions this season, so there is no reason to believe that they will not get their ticket to the next round.