Sunday’s Asian Handicap betting preview covers the game between Crystal Palace and Stoke.
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Poor form in the second half of last season saw Palace tumble down the Premier League table. The highlight of last campaign has to be reaching the FA Cup final, despite Manchester United ultimately lifting the trophy.
Pardew is now under huge pressure to succeed this season, but his side haven’t had the best of starts!
Palace lost their first 2 matches against West Brom (1-0) and Spurs (1-0), whilst also failing to score a goal. The Eagles then drew 1-1 at home to Bournemouth, getting their first point on the board.
Pardew’s first victory finally came last weekend against Middlesbrough (2-1), with new signing Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha scoring the goals.
Some disappointing news for Palace however is that Pape Souare will miss the match with a broken thigh bone, after being involved in a car accident last weekend. Yohan Cabaye will also miss out as he is yet to recover from a groin injury.
On a positive note, Connor Wickham is back and ready for selection.
Stoke have endured a worse start to the season than Palace and currently find themselves rock bottom of the Premier League table.
The Potters drew 1-1 against Boro on the opening day of the season, but have since lost against Man City (4-1), Everton (1-0) and Spurs (4-0).
Defensively Stoke are leaking goals and they are also struggling to find the net. Mark Hughes will be hoping that loan signing Wilfried Bony can change that, although he failed to score on his debut last weekend.
Stoke have not won their last 5 Premier League away games, with 4 of them ending in defeat. This suggests that they may find it difficult to get a win at Selhurst Park.
Jack Butland remains sidelined through injury, so Shay Given should return between the sticks. Butland’s absence in goal has evidently proved to be a huge contribution to their goal deficit.
Palace did the league double over Stoke last season, with both games ending in a 2-1 victory for Pardew’s side. On Sunday I fancy a Palace win and backing the home side -0.5 on the Asian Handicap betting market looks value.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Crystal Palace -0.5 @ 2.06 with Pinnacle
Prices correct at time of writing.