Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson

Doncaster vs Crystal Palace: Eagles to soar in FA Cup clash

Kick-off: 1600, 17/02/2019

Stadium: The Keepmoat Stadium

TV: BBC One

Crystal Palace travel to Doncaster in good spirits and are fancied to prove a cut above their League One opponents in Sunday’s FA Cup clash.

The Eagles are in the fifth round for the first time since 2016, when they went on to reach the final, and old-school boss Roy Hodgson looks to be eyeing another long run.

Rovers do tend to fare well going forward at home, though, so 9/4 for an away win and both teams to score appeals for our opening Doncaster vs Crystal Palace prediction.

A Look At Doncaster Rovers’ Betting Odds

Doncaster have scored 16 times in five FA Cup ties this season and are a decent attacking unit, even if that tally was boosted by a 7-0 thrashing of Chorley.

The pick of their victories was probably a 3-1 away win over Championship side Preston, while they have also been impressing in League One.

Tuesday’s 3-0 defeat of Southend followed a 3-1 triumph over fellow promotion hopefuls Peterborough, both at Keepmoat Stadium.

Only leaders Luton have scored more home goals in that division this term, with Rovers bagging 32 in 16 games here.

John Marquis has 18 to his credit in the league and three more in the FA Cup, so Palace will need to be wary at the back.

Looking at the Doncaster vs Crystal Palace odds, there is obvious appeal in 13/10 for an away win and over 2.5 goals in the game.

A Look At Crystal Palace’s Betting Odds

Palace only scraped past Grimsby in round three, needing an 86th-minute strike from Jordan Ayew to break the deadlock, despite the Mariners having a man sent off early on.

However, there was a lot to like about the way they then beat Tottenham 2-0, with Connor Wickham ending a long drought and Andros Townsend netting from the spot.

Spurs did make plenty of changes and missed a penalty themselves, but that was still a strong showing from the Eagles.

Two draws with Southampton and West Ham and a win over Fulham in three subsequent Premier League fixtures have kept the feelgood factor going.

Palace are still only three points above the drop zone but are outsiders to go down and the belief is that Hodgson feels comfortable enough to give it a go in this competition.

Let’s finish off our Doncaster vs Crystal Palace betting tips by taking 23/2 for the visitors to prevail 3-1.

Additional stats

Last FA Cup result:

DONCASTER 2-1 Oldham – Ben Whiteman (2)

CRYSTAL PALACE 2-0 Tottenham – Connor Wickham, Andros Townsend

Head-to-head: Palace 1-1 Doncaster, Doncaster 1-0 Palace, Doncaster 0-0 Palace, Palace 1-0 Doncaster

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