Stoke v Crystal Palace Betting Tips
The Premier League is the most lucrative soccer league in the world. It’s great while you’re there but, when teams drop out of the EPL things can go very wrong, very quickly.
It’s horrible for players, managers and fans of the teams involved but the battle at the bottom of the EPL table provides neutrals with great drama and punters with great opportunity to profit.
There are certainly a lot of potential routes to profit from this weekend’s match between Stoke and Crystal Palace.
Top Betting Tips
Crystal Palace to win at $2.80 with Unibet
Both teams to score at $1.70 with Centrebet
Peter Crouch to score anytime at $3.40 with Unibet
Wilfried Zaha to score two or more goals at $13 with Bet365
Eagles to Soar as the Potters Crack
With just three games to go, Stoke are approaching the point where they need something miraculous to get out of trouble. In stark contrast, Crystal Palace secured their own future in the Premier League last weekend and will arrive at the Bet365 Stadium full of the joys of spring.
It could have all been so different for Palace had they not replaced Frank de Boer with Roy Hodgson in the very early stages of the season.
De Boer arrived in South London with a big reputation from his playing days and a clear philosophy. He wanted Crystal Palace to play possession football, getting the ball down on the floor and creating chances with well crafted moves.
De Boer left before the team could amass a single point. Things didn’t start much better for Hodgson as Palace extended their run of defeats to seven games in which they hadn’t even registered a goal.
The fact that Palace make the trip to Stoke in a comfortable midtable position is to Hodgson’s great credit. He’s worked wonders with the team’s defensive shape whilst allowing their pacey, creative players to do the damage in an attacking sense.
While Paul Lambert has worked every bit as hard as Hodgson since taking over at Stoke midway through the season, he’s found it much tougher to have any impact on results.
Stoke are winless in their last 12 matches and find themselves three points adrift of safety.
Normally you’d say that teams in Stoke’s position would give everything to avoid relegation but Lambert has publicly questioned the mentality of some of his stars players. The situation looks bleak for Stoke and we wouldn’t be surprised if this confident Crystal Palace team increase the woe among the Potters fans by winning on Saturday at $2.70 with William Hill.
Crouch to Lead the Stoke Resistance
Not every player in the Stoke team can be criticised for a lack of effort. Ryan Shawcross has put his body on the line numerous times in defence while Peter Crouch always works hard when given the chance to play.
The 37-year-old remains a real goal threat and if Stoke utilise his strengths they can at least give their fans something to cheer about.
Therefore, a bet on both teams to score could pay dividends at $1.70 with Centrebet. It may also pay to take the $3.40 that Unibet are quoting on Crouch adding to his tally of four Premier League goals for the season.
Zaha Ready to Run the Show Again
Wilfried Zaha is a hero at Crystal Palace despite the fact that he left the club for a big money move to Man Utd in 2013. That move did not work out but Zaha’s performances since returning to Selhurst Park have again seen him linked with a move away from Palace.
Zaha has improved physically, mentally and technically since he was sold by Man Utd and he can prove just how good he is going forwards by scoring two or more goals against Stoke at $13 with Bet365.