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Man City can get back on track with Selhurst stroll

Early season defeats to Norwich and Wolves mean Manchester City can ill-afford any more slip-ups in their title defence and the recovery mission should begin with a convincing victory over Crystal Palace.

Pep Guardiola’s team already find themselves eight points behind Liverpool with just eight games played and they were bitterly disappointing in a 2-0 reverse at home to Wolves prior to the international break, forcing just two shots on target.

But that was the first time they had failed to score in 29 league games and the Citizens often back up a flat performance with a flawless one.

City’s 3-2 loss at Norwich was followed by an 8-0 demolition of Watford and Guardiola will be demanding a positive response from his players.

Palace have 14 points from eight games but were thumped 4-0 at Tottenham last month and could manage only one draw from last term’s home games with big-six visitors.

Best bet
Man City to win & over 3.5 goals


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Match in Focus

17:55 TODAY BT3

Din Zagreb v Man City

Home WinDrawAway Win
Key stats
  • Man City have conceded in each of their last nine games
Expert verdict
Manchester City are guaranteed top spot in Group C and can maintain their unbeaten record despite the likelihood of drastic team changes. Dinamo Zagreb have an outside chance of qualification and they have the attacking talent to find the net against City’s suspect defence.