West Brom v Crystal Palace FA Cup Third Round Betting Odds, Preview and Predictions
Baggies bankers at the Hawthorns3rd January 2014 / Lee A Jackson
West Brom v Crystal Palace Betting Preview
Tough to see either side being too heavily interested in this fixture to be honest. Palace are fighting hard against relegation threats, while West Brom are still trying to find their feet after getting rid of Steve Clarke. The home side will still have the backing of most punters here though.
West Brom v Crystal Palace Betting Odds at online bookmaker Stan James
West Brom 3/4, Draw 11/4, Crystal Palace 17/4
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West Brom v Crystal Palace Betting Tips:
The managerless Baggies are actually four games unbeaten in the Premier League now, taking three draws and a win. That win, their only one in their last eight, came against Newcastle on New Year’s Day and it was a very welcome one too, pulling them away from the concerns of the drop zone. So there is a bit of resilient form there creeping in and they are strong favourites here. That is because they do have a great squad and some proven goal scoring talent. In the Anytime Goalscorer Market, there is good value to be found in Shane Long and Nicolas Anelka right off the bat, both of which are trading at the mark of 11/8. Long, who should be back from injury has scored five goals in his last seven FA Cup appearances. Quite why the Baggies haven’t been better this season has to be down to the tactics and team selection from Clarke, because there is great potential from the club.
The clutch of recent draws and a win to kick off the new year will at least have given them some renewed positivity. The two sides met on November 2nd in the Premier League and there was a comfortable 2-0 victory for the Baggies at the Hawthorns. Saido Berahino and Gareth McAuley were on the scoresheet on that occasion. Palace will have far less interest in this, the last thing that they need is the distraction of a long cup run. They need to secure points in the Premier League and Tony Pulis’s men have been showing a fair bit of fighting spirit. They picked up a home draw against norwich on New Year’s Day and on the road this season in the top flight, they have taken just two wins, but both of those have come in their last five road games, both by a 1-0 Scoreline.
There is a lack of goals for Palace, and that is why they are in the hole that they are in. Still, defensively they have been getting better and they have kept five clean sheets in their last ten games. So that is their big strength at the moment and there is no-one up front for them to back confidently in the goalscorer markets. Palace can dig in and grind things out but Pulis is likely to not push things hard with his strongest side here. It should hand a comfortable victory to West Brom and that would be the likely outcome if the Baggies were facing a full strength Palace side.
The Baggies are just at a good enough price to back in the outright market here. You just can’t see a lot of interest coming from Palace on the road in a fixture like this. Would definitely look under 2.5 goals for a price of 3/4 with Stan James as six of the last seven meetings between the two have gone under.
Form (all competitions)
West Brom LLDDDW, Crystal Palace WLLWLD
Palace have won just one of their last nine FA Cup matches against sides from the same division
The Baggies have made it to the fourth round in five of the last seven seasons
Palace have won two and lost one of their last six against the Baggies
Six of the last seven meetings between them have gone under 2.5 goals
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