2021-22 Premier League Betting Preview – Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace 2021-22 betting odds & predictions

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Crystal Palace 2021-22 Premier League Preview
Can Patrick bring success to south London?

Patrick Vieira will always be a legend at Arsenal, captaining the Gunners through their invincible spell. The former France international is now back in the English capital after being appointed new Crystal Palace manager following Roy Hodgson’s departure. How will Vieira fare at Selhurst Park?

After a whole host of players headed for the exit door, the Palace team will look completely different this season. Vieira will be a busy man from now until the end of the transfer window. Can the Eagles avoid a relegation battle this term?

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2020-21 Review: Eagles finish in 14th

Hodgson’s Crystal Palace made a stunning start to the 2020-21 Premier League season, starting with back-to-back wins over Southampton and Manchester United. After beating the Saints at home, the Eagles were excellent at Old Trafford on matchday two, with former United man Wilfried Zaha netting a brace in a deserved 3-1 win.

Palace failed to build on that good start, though, losing five of their next eight in the Premier League. A 5-1 win at West Bromwich Albion on 6th December was meant to be the catalyst for some improved form, but the Londoners went on to pick up just seven points from the next 27 on offer. However, they did end 2020 with a 1-0 home win over Wolverhampton Wanderers before starting 2021 with an away victory at Newcastle United.

Our betting prediction:
Crystal Palace to finish in the top ten

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(odds taken 1712 GMT, Monday 19 July)

Palace moved above Wolves into 11th after a 1-0 win over West Brom at Selhurst on 13th March, but one point from their next four saw them slip down the table again. Palace had wins over Sheffield United and Aston Villa but ended their league campaign with six defeats from eight.

Crystal Palace finished with 44 points to their name, well clear of the drop zone. Overall, the south London outfit racked up 12 wins, suffered 18 losses and drew eight games. They scored 41 and shipped 66 in the process.

At the end of the season, Hodgson left Selhurst after a successful four-year stay in the English capital. In an interview, Roy said: “I really am stepping away from football for a while, but who knows what the future will be? It is a never-say-never moment. I have seen so many people retire with all the fanfare blazing, only to surface again somewhere in a fairly short period of time. I’d prefer not to do that.”

Our betting prediction:
Crystal Palace to draw with Chelsea

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(odds taken 1715 GMT, Monday 19 July)



2021-22 Fixtures: Palace start with tough trip to Stamford Bridge

Vieira starts life at Palace with a tough test at Chelsea on the opening weekend. Thomas Tuchel’s men won the UEFA Champions League last term, reached the FA Cup final and finished in the top four of the Premier League. Palace then have three successive London derbies against Brentford, West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur.

The first derby against bitter rivals Brighton & Hove Albion will take place at Selhurst in September. The reverse fixture at the Amex Stadium is scheduled for mid-January. The Eagles end their league campaign with a home game against Man United in late May.

Crystal Palace Key Facts

  • Crystal Palace’s highest league position was third in 1991
  • The Eagles have been FA Cup runners-up twice
  • Palace have been ever-present in the Premier League since promotion in 2013
  • Since 2013, Palace have finished in the top ten of the PL just once


Crystal Palace Transfer News: Who will Patrick bring to Selhurst?

Crystal Palace have been relatively quiet in the transfer market so far, with Michael Olise joining from Reading, and Jacob Montes making the switch from Georgetown University. Palace have also just signed Marc Guehi from Chelsea, who impressed on loan at Swansea City in the EFL Championship last season.

In the other direction, a number of long-serving players have left the club alongside Hodgson. Gary Cahill, Scott Dann, Nathaniel Clyne, Wayne Hennessey, James McCarthy, Mamadou Sakho, Patrick van Aanholt and Connor Wickham all left after their contracts expired at Selhurst Park. Palace will be hoping to keep hold of star man Zaha, who has been linked with the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton this summer.

Who Are Palace’s Biggest Challengers: Can the Eagles break into the top ten?

First and foremost, Crystal Palace will want to be nowhere near the bottom three. A lot of quality has left in the summer, but the nucleus of the Eagles team remains as solid as ever. With some new recruits. Vieira’s men are more than capable of finishing in the top half. They could even sneak into Europe. Who will be their biggest rivals this season?

Leeds United Preview: Another top-ten finish for the Whites?

Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United were one of the surprise packages in the Premier League last season. After winning the 2019-20 Championship title, United were back in the big time for the first time since 2004. They started well and never looked back.

Leeds finished just three points away from the European spots last season. They have a real togetherness in the team and no lack of talent. The Yorkshire side will no doubt be pushing for another top-ten finish this year.

Aston Villa Preview: Can the Villans cause more surprises?

Aston Villa were another surprise package in the Premier League last term. Dean Smith’s troops survived by the skin of their teeth the season before, but they opened up their 2020-21 season with four straight wins, including a 7-2 hammering of Liverpool.

They had an up and down middle part to their season, though Villa finished with a 2-1 win over Chelsea at Villa Park. The Midlands outfit took 11th spot, collecting 55 points in the process. Smith’s boys will be hoping to break into the top half this time.

West Ham United Preview: Hammers to build on last season’s success?

David Moyes’ West Ham had a remarkable 2020-21 season. The Hammers flirted with the Champions League places for a large chunk of the campaign. Despite missing out on the top four in the end, West Ham finished in sixth and sealed a spot in the UEFA Europa League.

With some new signings, United are more than capable of building on last season’s success. However, now UEFA Euro 2020 is done and dusted, keeping star man Declan Rice is a must. Rice has been sensational for the Irons since breaking on to the scene in Stratford, but the likes of Chelsea, Man United and Man City are all reportedly keeping tabs on the England international.

Everton Preview: Will Rafa make an instant impact?

The appointment of Rafa Benitez as the new Everton manager was one of the shocks of the summer so far. The 61-year-old guided Liverpool to Champions League success during his six-year spell at Anfield. As you can imagine, Benitez’s move to Goodison Park was greeted with mixed emotions among the Toffees supporters.

It is all about what happens on the field, though, and Carlo Ancelotti, who left for Real Madrid, built some solid foundations at Goodison. Everton have European hopes before every Premier League campaign, and this season under Benitez will be no different.

Southampton Preview: Will the Saints improve this term?

Southampton started last season in fine fashion, even topping the Premier League table at one point. However, a woeful run of results almost put them in a relegation scrap in the end. The Saints went on to finish in 15th with 43 points to their name.

Having already signed the likes of Theo Walcott and Romain Perraud, Ralph Hasenhuttl will be hoping to add more new faces to his squad before the window slams shut. Will the Saints have a successful season in the Premier League this time around?

Crystal Palace players to watch out for in the 2021-22 season: Another big year for Wilf?

While Zaha remains a Crystal Palace player, the Ivory Coast international will always be their star man. Zaha is crucial to Palace’s cause, with the attacker scoring 11 Premier League goals last season. If the Londoners are to break into Europe this term, you can guarantee that Wilf would have played a pivotal part.

Our Crystal Palace Predictions: Top ten for Vieira’s boys

Since arriving in the Premier League after winning promotion from the Championship in 2013, Palace have never really been in a real relegation dogfight. They finished 11th and tenth in their first two seasons back, with a 15th place in 2016 being their lowest position.

It is about time that the Eagles stepped it up a notch and finished in the top half of the Premier League for the first time since finishing in tenth in 2015. Vieira will want to make an instant impact, and there is good value in Paddy Power’s odds of 5/1 for Palace to secure a top-half finish this term.

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