Man City 1.412/5 v Crystal Palace 8.88/1; The Draw 5.59/2
The Citizens haven't been convincing for a long time, winning just seven times in 16 Premier League games since their initial sequence of five in a row to start, and last claiming successive victories on matchday nine in mid-October.
Oddly, this almost makes them feel like more plausible champions - they haven't been playing well for at least three months, and yet they still retain the best goal difference in the division and remain within three points of the top.
It shows that nobody is of a high enough standard to blow them out of contention like Chelsea did last season, and it has been well established in the previous four campaigns that they will go on an emphatic run at some stage between now and May that their rivals don't appear equipped to match.
Until then, they hobble on, with Vincent Kompany sidelined and Eliaquim Mangala, Fernandinho, Wilfried Bony and Sergio Aguero doubts.
Alan Pardew has proven over the past few months that the patchiness that plagued his time at Newcastle remains in existence at Crystal Palace, even if it isn't quite as severe or threatening.
They opened 2015/16 with five triumphs in eight to settle in third, dropped back to halfway with four points from their next five outings, rallied with ten points from an available 12 to resurface in the top six, only to suddenly hit a four-match winless skid in which they haven't scored a single goal.
It isn't as though Pardew can blame escalating difficulty of the fixture list either because they have been flopping against out-of-form sides. Swansea had lost six away trips in seven before holding Palace, Chelsea were winless in seven on their league travels before a 3-0 success at Selhurst Park and Aston Villa hadn't beaten top-tier opposition since the opening day until Tuesday night.
Yannick Bolasie has been the sole first-teamer absent - and in fairness the scoreless stretch has coincided with his spell on the treatment table - yet Damien Delaney is also a doubt for this contest.
Pardew lost nine of his ten collisions with Man City as Newcastle boss, but won the last in fantastic fashion 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium in the Capital One Cup. He followed that with three points in his first Eagles clash with them last April in south London, though normal service has resumed since.
Manuel Pellegrini's squad stole three points in the capital during their flawless start in September courtesy of a 90th-minute effort from Kelechi Iheanacho, who was also on the scoresheet when the title hopefuls thrashed Palace 5-1 at home in the Capital One Cup in October.
The hosts were held by Everton in midweek, but that was a significant break from the norm, as they won five in a row at the Etihad in all competitions prior to that, and ten in 11 over a wider period.
Palace meanwhile have gone two top-flight away days without prevailing, something that had never happened before under Pardew, hinting that they have passed their peak on the road.
Man City Win to Nil
There was one huge positive for Man City to pick out of Wednesday's stalemate with Everton: a first clean sheet since August in front of their fans, following a pitiful 13-game leak streak.
Indeed, that part of the Citizens' performance seems to have improved considerably recently, with three shutouts obtained in their past five encounters at all venues, including two in the past seven days, right on cue for the visit of a side without a goal in four league assignments.
Palace failed to fire on their two other league ventures to the Etihad Stadium since promotion or in the Selhurst Park showdown in September, and they had Bolasie available for each of those.
Back Man City to win to nil @ 2.56/4
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