Manchester City dominated Crystal Palace at the Etihad, beating them 5-0 to record the biggest margin of victory in the Premier League that they have had under Pep Guardiola. Palace were second best through the entirety of the game and although they tried to get back into the game in later stages of the first half, they never looked like scoring in the second. This was their third straight defeat in the league and now they must improve in their last two games of their season, especially the home game against fellow strugglers Hull. Manchester United can do them a favor by playing a weakened side if they qualify for the Europa League final, which will be played 4 days after the game at Old Trafford.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 6, 2017
Palace are suffering from an injury crisis at centre back currently and Schlupp was forced to play three at the back. Although his efforts were admirable, the defensive instinct that Sakho brought to the team was lacking. Allardyce needs to figure out a way to solve this as his side has conceded seven goals in the last 2 matches.
On the other side of the table, City made a strong case for a third placed finish with their goal difference now 4 clear of Liverpool having played the same number of games and on the same points. Winnable home fixtures against currently cruising West Brom and Leicester come up next, with the last game of their season being Watford away. If they get maximum points from these, which they should, playing like they did today, they will seal a top 4 finish and most probably even a third.
Also their fixture list seems a lot less crowded than it has been over the past few weeks and this will certainly help key players like Leroy Sane, Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling, who had started to look tired. After a week of rest after a long time, they looked back onto top form. They were also helped by the return of David Silva, their little magician who created and finished the move that put City ahead with just a couple of minutes played and was the best player on the pitch in the first half by some distance.