Crystal Palace Stun Manchester City as 18-1 Underdogs


Crystal Palace celebrating.

Dec 22, 2018, 11:56 AM EST
  • On Saturday, Crystal Palace pulled off the biggest EPL upset we've ever tracked, beating Manchester City, 3-1, as +1870 moneyline underdogs.
  • It was Manchester City's second loss of the season and now puts them four points behind Liverpool heading into Christmas.

The 2018-19 Premier League season finally saw a big underdog come out on top, as Crystal Palace upset Manchester City, 3-1, at the Etihad Stadium.

Palace were +1870 on the moneyline, meaning a $100 bet would’ve netted $1,870 for anyone brave enough to take the flier.

This marks the biggest Premier League upset in our Bet Labs database (going back to 2012). Teams closing +1870 or higher had won zero times in 42 previous matches.

After going down 1-0 in the first half, Crystal Palace quickly responded to tie it 1-1. With nearly 60 minutes left in the match, an upset still looked unlikely.

Then came the strike from Palace midfielder Andros Townsend.

This incredible strike put Palace up, 2-1, heading into halftime, and had fans and bettors believing they could actually pull it off.

Crystal Palace were even listed at +1050 on the first half moneyline, a nice little payout for anyone who took the shot.

At this point, bettors on Manchester City moneyline (84% of tickets) and goal-line (71%) were feeling nervous, but the home side was still controlling the game. A game-tying goal would surely come in due time, as well as a game-winning goal.


Not so much. Early in the second half Crystal Palace added to their lead to make it 3-1, and you could sense the anxiety pulsing throughout the stadium.

Chances and shots would ensue but only one goal. Game over: Crystal Palace 3, Manchester City 2.

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