Crystal Palace shocked the world when they made the trip up to the Etihad Stadium in December to play Manchester City and brought all three points back to south London in sensational fashion – the feat was all the more impressive considering the Eagles had lost their last two away games at the Premier League champions by a scoreline of 5-0.
Andros Townsend’s thunderbolt volley was one in a million and most surely believe that the result was, too, although Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas thinks that it wasn’t a fluke and that Roy Hodgson’s side will cause the frontrunners problems once again when they meet on April 14.
Summarising his predictions for both the Cityzen’s and title-rivals Liverpool’s run-ins, Nicholas had this to say:
“The game at Selhurst Park is slightly awkward as Palace can be dangerous. I can see City just getting through, but I have a question mark beside that one.”
Nicholas opted for a scoreline of 2-1 to City, although Palace, ever the bogey team of the top-six, will fancy themselves given the Boxing Day result and the stalemate played out – which the Eagles should have won – last time they visited SE25.
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The pride of south London have endured a difficult couple of weeks having been bested by bitter rivals Brighton and then Watford in the FA Cup quarter-finals, although a solid performance – or even better, a win – against Pep Guardiola’s men would surely go a long way in redeeming Hodgson in the eyes of the Palace faithful.