Dailyechos.com – Palace are City’s bogey team and capable of causing another headache for Pep Guardiola this weekend
Manchester City played 58 games last season, scoring 150 goals in all competitions, but there was one defence they were simply unable to breach: Crystal Palace.
Liverpool, Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid: all of these illustrious opponents were cracked open by Pep Guardiola’s side. And yet Palace stood firm, winning 2-0 at the Etihad and then holding City to a goalless draw in south London.
At first glance this might seem like little more than a statistical quirk. But dig a little deeper, and look further back, and it soon becomes clear that something more meaningful is going on.
Since the start of the 2018-19 season, no team has earned more points away to City than Palace, who have won two and drawn one of their last four visits to the Etihad. And there is more: City have lost only two of their last 54 home league games that have started at 3pm on Saturday; both were against Palace. Read More