Neil Warnock rubs up many football fans the wrong way but he has an excellent managerial record stretching back more than 30 years and Crystal Palace could have done much worse than him when it was appointing a successor to Tony Pulis.
Warnock’s first match back in charge of Crystal Palace – he was the Eagles boss from October 2007 to March 2010 – saw it score in the first minute and the last minute to draw 3-3 at Newcastle. Crystal Palace led for more than 60 minutes and it should fancy its chance of registering its first English Premier League win of the season at home to Burnley.
Everyone, including Burnley manager Sean Dyche, was tipping that Burnley would struggle in the English Premier League and the Clarets have made a disappointing start across all competitions. Burnley has one point to show for its efforts in its first three English Premier League games and it lost 0-1 at home to Sheffield Wednesday in the English Capital One Cup. Scoring one goal in its opening four matches suggests that Burnley’s main problem is its offence.
Crystal Palace is available at odds of +120 with BetVictor and Bwin to beat Burnley at Selhurst Park in the battle of the English Premier League’s bottom two. One was expecting to see bookmakers listing Crystal Palace at odds of around +100 given that it is an established English Premier League team with a new boss hosting a side that is new to the top flight and odds on to go straight back down in May.
Southampton did not deliver the goods against West Bromwich at St Mary’s three weeks ago when one was pretty keen on it building on the promise of its English Premier League effort versus Liverpool at Anfield. But Southampton has won away to Millwall and West Ham subsequently in different competitions to suggest that it is a team going places under new coach Ronald Koeman and one is willing to support the Saints to defeat Newcastle at odds of -118 with several bookmakers, including Ladbrokes, Sky Bet and William Hill.
The corresponding English Premier League fixture last term resulted in a 4-0 win for Southampton and, while the Saints have a very different look following a series of transfers, one has been impressed with what one has seen of their new recruits and it is not as though Newcastle has kicked off superbly. Newcastle has beaten only third-tier Gillingham across all competitions having played four games.
Stoke flopped at home in the English Premier League first round, losing 0-1 to Aston Villa. But Stoke has bounced back to string together three unbeaten matches and, of course, it shocked Manchester City 1-0 at Etihad Stadium before the international break. Home is where the heart is for Stoke and, even though one still cries thinking about its loss to Aston Villa, one is willing to give a second chance to the Potters because they have proven time and time again to be tremendously difficult to hold at their Britannia Stadium.
Leicester has had a tough English Premier League initiation, hosting Arsenal and Everton and visiting Chelsea in its first three games. Leicester has drawn its two English Premier League home matches but it has not led any of its three games in the competition, plus it lost 0-1 at home to fourth-tier Shrewsbury in the English Capital One Cup.
Like Crystal Palace, one expected bookmakers to be listing Stoke at no bigger odds than +100 to collect three points from its weekend English Premier League assignment. Odds of +115 about Stoke beating Leicester in the Potteries could look very generous in hindsight in a few months from now.
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