Backing both teams to find the back of the net in Saturday’s game between Crystal Palace and Southampton is the best way to bet on the 13th round of English Premier League matches.
Alan Pardew is a Crystal Palace legend for what he achieved playing for the Eagles in the late 1980s and early 1990s but he is facing the sack as their manager. Crystal Palace has lost its last six English Premier League games on the spin and the Eagles have won just five of their most recent 34 divisional matches. It is fair to say that Pardew would be unemployed had Crystal Palace not qualified for the English FA Cup final in which they lost to Manchester United.
Crystal Palace’s greatest deficiency is its defence. Only Hull has conceded more English Premier League goals than Crystal Palace and the Eagles have not kept a divisional clean sheet since drawing 0-0 against Everton at Selhurst Park in April – that was 19 top-flight games ago. Crystal Palace has let in at least two goals in each of its last five English Premier League matches, including leaking a remarkable five goals at Swansea last time out.
Those statistics suggest that Southampton is nailed on to score versus Crystal Palace and one has to fancy an Eagles attack featuring the likes of Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha to return the favour. Zaha has decided to pledge his international future to Cote d’Ivoire, abandoning England because the Three Lions did not cap him in a competitive game. Zaha’s defection means that Crystal Palace may lose him for English Premier League matches during the CAF Africa Cup of Nations, which is another body blow for the Eagles.
Everton and Manchester United occupy adjacent positions on the English Premier League ladder but the Toffees are in a false position and one thinks that the Red Devils will land odds of +120 with William Hill at Goodison Park on Sunday.
A flying start had pundits falling over themselves to say nice things about Ronald Koeman but they spoke too soon. Everton’s most impressive English Premier League result is a 2-1 win at West Bromwich and, as was the case last season under Roberto Martinez, the Toffees have struggled against the division’s heavyweights. Manchester United may be a level below the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United currently but the Red Devils remain a big gun.
Everton and Manchester United have had eight common English Premier League opponents and, according to one’s collateral form analysis, the Toffees trail the Red Devils 3-1-4.
Finally, Tottenham striker Harry Kane should be licking his lips at the prospect of facing Swansea’s defence for 90 minutes at White Hart Lane on Saturday. Bet365 are quoting odds of -125 about at least one Kane goal and that appeals more than the short prices about Spurs.
Kane has scored in four of his last five English Premier League appearances for Tottenham and one is not going to knock him for firing blanks at Chelsea last time out. Swansea were all set to make it 12 English Premier League games without a win when it trailed Crystal Palace 4-3 at home only to net two goals in stoppage time. Swansea is in the English Premier League relegation zone and its stay in the top flight looks under considerable threat this season.
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