West Brom v Crystal Palace – The Hawthorns at 17:30 live on Sky Sports 1
The second live offering from the Premier League this Saturday is one for the purists, as West Brom host Crystal Palace at the Hawthorns. I can’t see this match being high on the Match of the Day schedule, but some profit can still be made.
Both sides sit on 32 points, Palace in 13th and WBA 14th but it’s been a contrasting seasons for the two teams.
Tony Pulis has kept the Baggies out of the bottom three all season and they currently have an 8 point cushion over Newcastle in 18th.
Pulis hasn’t done anything outstanding, but also nothing awful, it’s been a fairly run of the mill season for West Brom but keeping them safe would have been the minimum expected and they look likely to avoid the drop.
The fans were bitterly disappointed to be knocked out of the FA Cup last weekend to Championship side Reading. With their Premier League status looking good for next season, a good cup run would have given the fans something to cheer about and to go out to a lower league team and the scenes that followed will do the WBA players confidence no good.
Last weekend’s result makes this a big match for the hosts and one they should win when looking at the shocking run of form their opponents are in.
Crystal Palace are now 9 league games without a win, losing 6 and drawing 3. Early on in the season the Eagles were flying high and had everyone expecting them to be a serious contender for a European place.
This poor run of form has seen them plummet down the table and if there not careful, they could end up down near the bottom three and a relegation battle if this form continues.
Since their last BPL win, they have defeated 3 Premier League sides in the FA Cup, Southampton, Stoke and title contenders Spurs last Sunday. Alan Pardew will be hoping that their win over Tottenham will provide some inspiration to pick up a much needed 3 points on Saturday.
Crystal Palace have really struggled in front of goal this season though with just 4 goals in their last 9 league games. They have however scored at least once in their last 6 matches in all competitions so maybe things are looking up.
I’m not expecting a high scoring match here and with the Under 2.5 goals best price at 1.57, neither is anyone else.
No one would be surprised if this one ended goalless but I make Crystal Palace the value bet on the Asian Handicap betting market despite their poor form. As a bet to nothing, backing Palace +/- 0 at 2.01 is a great price for a team who’s confidence should be high after their cup win last Sunday.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Crystal Palace +/- 0 at 2.01
Prices correct at time of writing.
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