Premier League, Crystal Palace hold Manchester City: Records broken
Manchester City were held to a goalless draw by Crystal Palace in a crucial Premier League encounter. The draw for City means that Liverpool can cut the gap to just one point when they face Arsenal next. City were the better side in the match but failed to find the desired goal. Meanwhile, it was a crucial point for the Eagles. Here's more.
- City should have won this game given the chances they created.
- However, Palace held on to make sure the champions went on to drop two points.
- City's draw means Liverpool, who now have a game in hand, can go closer if they beat an in-form Arsenal next.
- The title race could go down the wire this season between City and Liverpool.
City have drawn 0-0 in back-to-back matches across competitions for the first time under Pep Guardiola (0-0 versus Sporting). Palace have now avoided defeat against Man City in a Premier League season for the first time since 1995. Palace are the second side to have prevented Guardiola's City from scoring across both Premier League games in a single season after Manchester United in 2020-21.
As per Squawka Football, Palace mid-fielder Conor Gallagher completed the most take-ons during the match versus City. In fact, no player on the pitch won more fouls: 8 total duels won, 4 take-ons attempted, 4 take-ons completed, and 3 fouls won.
City dominated proceedings against the Eagles, hitting the woodwork on two occasions. Defender Aymeric Laporte also failed to find the net with an open goal at his mercy. Palace frustrated City despite creating little chances themselves going forward. This was a solid point gained. Palace are now unbeaten in their past five matches and will be aiming for a top-half finish.
Man City have 70 points from 29 matches this season. This was their fourth draw this season. Liverpool, who have played 28 matches, have claimed 66 points. They also have a better goal difference. Meanwhile, Palace are 11th at the moment.