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Premier League Betting: Palace in Pandemonium

Few men live and breathe Crystal Palace quite like Roy Hodgson. Five decades after leaving the club’s academy, Hodgson took charge of Palace in September 2017, where he was tasked with managing a side that had lost and failed to score in each of their first four matches. He guided his boyhood club to an 11th-place finish, with the Eagles becoming the first team to survive relegation after losing their first seven Premier League matches.

Palace emerged as a mid-table force under Hodgson until his departure in the summer of 2021, but they found themselves in danger of dropping down to the second tier for the first time in a decade in March 2023, when Hodgson replaced Patrick Vieira at the helm.

Premier League Betting: Palace in Pandemonium
Palace fans hold up a message of support for their former manager Roy Hodgson | Paul ELLIS / AFP

Once again, Hodgson entered the job with a daunting task, and once again he delivered, kicking off his tenure with a 2-1 victory against Leicester, their first win of the new year, and guiding them to a comfortable 11th-place finish. Whilst it seemed that Hodgson would initially be serving as a short-term fix, Palace elected to renew the 76-year-old’s contract through 2024, a decision that, if the Premier League betting odds are anything to go by, has not exactly paid off.

Palace have taken just one point from their last three matches, kicking off February with a 4-1 defeat at Brighton before losing 3-1 to Chelsea in Hodgson’s 200th match in charge of Palace. Three days later, Hodgson was brought to the hospital after being taken ill during a training session. Interim manager Paddy McCarthy looked determined to secure a win after Jordan Ayew opened the scoring in the 66th minute, only for Amadou Onana to draw level in the 84th for Everton.

Oliver Glasner will be the man tasked with turning around Palace’s underwhelming form, and the odds are in his favor as he looks to get his term off to a winning start. Our sportsbooks are backing Palace to come away with the victory at -101 against Burnley (+291) on Saturday, and there’s ample reason to believe that the new managerial bounce will work in Palace’s favor. The South London side has avoided defeat in each of their last three meetings against Burnley, with their most recent encounter seeing Jeffrey Schlupp open the scoring early on and Tyrick Mitchell doubling the lead at the death in a 2-0 win.

Both Teams to Score in Crystal Palace vs Burnley

Whilst Palace are more than capable of kicking off the Oliver Glasner era with a victory, coming away with a clean sheet will be easier said than done.

Burnley have scored in five of their last six league matches, a run that has included three of the top four: Aston Villa, Manchester City and Liverpool. We’re backing them to extend that streak and find the back of the net in our Premier League betting picks and parlays. Apart from their 5-0 defeat to Arsenal on Feb. 17, each of the Clarets’ last five Premier League matches have seen both teams find the back of the net.

Aside from their 5-0 defeat at Arsenal on Jan. 20, each of Palace’s last nine league matches have seen both teams find the back of the net, a run that has included Liverpool, City and Chelsea (twice). If you’re planning to bet on English soccer this weekend, bet on both teams finding the back of the net on Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Both teams are in need of a victory, and both teams will be looking to exploit each other’s defensive frailties. Whilst Palace have conceded 44 goals in 25 league matches, Burnley have let in 55. Burnley sit level with last-place Sheffield United on 13 points, and they have 13 matches to save their season and avoid an immediate return to the EFL Championship. The Clarets sit seven points behind Luton Town and Everton, 11 behind Nottingham Forest and 12 behind Palace. If they are to turn their season around, it’s got to come soon.

Having claimed just two points from their last seven, time is running out for Vincent Kompany’s side to steady the ship and give themselves a fighting chance to avoid the drop. Whilst Burnley come in at second in the EPL betting lines’ favorites to suffer relegation at -600, Palace aren’t in the clear either at +600. Expect this one to be an entertaining, transition-heavy and end-to-end encounter in South London.



Questions Of The Day

Which Premier League match is likely to see both teams find the back of the net?

Crystal Palace haven’t kept a clean sheet since Nov. 4. Burnley haven’t kept one since Dec. 23. I’m expecting ample goals for either side at Selhurst Park.

Which Premier League player is likely to get a goal contribution this weekend?

Jean Philippe Mateta has one goal and one assist in his last three for Palace, and I’m expecting him to register a goal contribution for the third time in four matches.

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