Both teams to score in Saturday’s match at Selhurst Park between the English Premier League’s highest placed sides, Crystal Palace and Manchester City, is the best bet on the post-international break program at odds of -141 .
It is the attacking mindset of Crystal Palace combined with Manchester City being odds on to maintain its 100 per cent English Premier League record that makes odds about both teams getting on the scoresheet leap off the coupon.
Selhurst Park is home to one of the English Premier League’s most vibrant atmospheres and one can bet one’s bottom dollar that Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew will set up his side to have a go at breaching Manchester City’s defence. Crystal Palace did not stand on ceremony at home to Arsenal in its first English Premier League home game and Pardew, who has proved his Newcastle critics wrong in spectacular fashion, is sufficiently realistic to think that the Eagles will need to score at least one goal to derive something from its match versus the English Premier League’s frontrunner.
Manchester City has yet to concede an English Premier League goal this season but one does not think that the Citizens have become impenetrable overnight and that sooner or later they will return to type – for example, they leaked at least one goal in 14 of their 19 top-flight away games last term.
Sunderland is bottom of the English Premier League ladder and one expects the Black Cats to end the season in 20th position so one is keen to bet on them losing whenever a bookmaker lists one of their opponents at close to even money. That is the case in the fifth round of English Premier League matches, with Marathonbet offering odds of -104 that Tottenham triumphs at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.
The outlook is bleak for Sunderland because it is anchored to the foot of the English Premier League ladder in spite having a relatively soft schedule in the first four rounds – away to Leicester, home to Norwich, home to Swansea and away to Aston Villa. Sunderland has been in front for just three minutes of its four English Premier League games against a set of sides that one thinks are likely to finish the English Premier League season in the bottom half.
Tottenham looks set to end up between fifth and 10th on the English Premier League ladder and one thinks that any top-half team should be shorter odds than -104 to get the better of Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland has conceded at least two goals in its five matches across all competitions, including leaking three at home to Exeter.
Finally, one is not far from convinced about Southampton and its claim to favouritism for its English Premier League game at West Bromwich on Saturday. BetVictor is quoting odds of +120 about West Bromwich on the draw no bet market, which is the same as backing the Baggies with an Asian handicap of 0.
West Bromwich and Southampton have each performed away to Watford in the English Premier League and both of matches resulted in a goalless draw. Southampton was playing much better last term when it drew 0-0 at home to West Bromwich and lost 0-1 at the Baggies so one cannot make a case for the Saints being the favourites for Saturday’s English Premier League match at The Hawthorns. One thinks that West Bromwich should be trading at odds close to +120 for a plain old win without the safety net of a refund for a draw.
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