Crystal Palace v Bolton: FA Cup replay to be tight again

Crystal Palace v Bolton: FA Cup replay to be tight again

Kick Off: 2000, 17/01/2017

Stadium: Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace will be hoping for a much-needed boost when they host League One Bolton in Tuesday night’s FA Cup replay, with the Eagles yet to claim a victory under new manager Sam Allardyce.

There were no goals in a tight affair when these two teams battled it out at Macron Stadium first time up but the incentive of securing a home tie with Manchester City in round four may inspire more ambition this time around.

A Look At Crystal Palace’s Betting Odds

Sam Allardyce can usually be relied upon to lift a struggling club when taking charge but it hasn’t worked out that way since he replaced Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace, with Saturday’s 3-0 loss at West Ham being a third straight Premier League loss.

“It’s tough for us at the minute,” said the former England boss. “I’m still finding out about the players here and they are making statements to me by the fact results are not good enough. We all have to be more resilient and shut the opposition out.”

That last statement highlighted how Allardyce will look to build from the back before seeking to add some more creativity up front and it would surprise us if the rematch with his former club Bolton isn’t another tight affair, so 19/20 for under 2.5 goals in the game is rated the way to go.

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A Look At Bolton’s Betting Odds

Bolton were rolling along nicely in League One until recently, with a run of 11 wins in 13 games in that division giving their long-suffering fans hope of an upturn in fortunes and a quick return to the Championship.

However, either side of their stalemate with Palace, Wanderers could only draw away to bottom club Coventry and then lost 2-1 at home to 18th-placed Swindon on Saturday after going ahead, so Phil Parkinson will be out to get a response from his players.

We’re looking for the visitors to also try and keep things tight in the early exchanges, so 19/10 for no goals to be scored in the first half is fair value, but Bolton may just run out of steam after break and 13/4 for draw half-time, Palace full-time is another recommendation.

Additional stats

Last result:

West Ham 3-0 CRYSTAL PALACE

BOLTON 1-2 Swindon – David Wheater

Head-to-head: Bolton 0-0 Crystal Palace, Crystal Palace 0-0 Bolton, Bolton 0-1 Crystal Palace

Team news: Crystal Palace have Wilfried Zaha and Bakary Sako away on African Nations Cup duty so loan signing Loic Remy may get another chance to impress after featuring for 45 minutes in the first clash with Bolton.

 

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