Andros Townsend of Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace vs Fulham: Eagles win papered over cracks

Kick-off: 1200, 28/02/2021

Stadium: Selhurst Park


Rarely can a Premier League win have raised more concerns about a team than Crystal Palace’s 2-1 victory at Brighton on Monday night.

Palace may have claimed the bragging rights thanks to Christian Benteke’s injury-time winner but it was another poor performance from Roy Hodgson’s men.

Fulham’s recent revival has been fully deserved and looks sustainable so we’ll back them to claim a third win in four matches at 5/4 for our first Crystal Palace vs Fulham prediction.

A Look At Crystal Palace’s Betting Odds

Palace have a dismal record when Wilfried Zaha is missing and they again struggled to create chances against Brighton.

They snatched a dramatic win thanks to a thumping, last-gasp volley from substitute Benteke, but that was only their second touch in the opposition box.

Ahead of the trip to Amex Stadium, the Eagles had lost 18 of their previous 20 Premier League matches when the injured Zaha was absent, including all five this season.

“That was mentioned in the dressing room (after the game),” said Palace boss Hodgson.

“But I must also add – as I have done on a few occasions – it would be still very, very nice to get him back.

“People should remember that at the moment we are playing without five regular first-team players.

“We have two centre-backs (out) in (James) Tomkins and (Mamadou) Sakho, we’ve got midfield players in Jeff Schlupp and James McArthur, and we’ve got Wilf Zaha.

“I would defy any team – if you take players of that quality out of the team – to continue playing at the level they had played at to that point. But I still think the return for the number of games is good.”

Conceding early goals has been an issue recently too and the nine goals they have shipped in the first 15 minutes is the worst record in the Premier League this season.

Only four teams have scored more than the seven goals Palace have netted in that time though, so let’s back the deadlock to be broken in the first 15 minutes by either side at 5/2 in the Crystal Palace vs Fulham odds.

Last Palace line-up:  Guaita, Ward, Cahill, Mitchell, Milivojevic, Kouyate, Townsend, Eze, Riedewald, Ayew, Mateta.

A Look At Fulham’s Betting Odds

Fulham are still languishing in the relegation zone but have realistic hope of getting out of trouble.

Eight points from their last four games mean they start the weekend just three points behind 17th-placed Newcastle with a superior goal difference.

Their only defeats since the start of December were no disgrace, coming against both Manchester clubs, Chelsea and Leicester.

They have only conceded one goal in their last four matches, with last weekend’s 1-0 win against Sheffield United giving us two winners including an 11/2 correct score prediction.

Palace have a dismal record when they go behind, scoring just four goals in the 12 matches in which they have conceded the first goal.

If Fulham can get in front early on, there may be no way back for Palace, especially in the absence of Zaha, so a 2-0 win for the visitors at 9/1 completes our Crystal Palace vs Fulham betting tips.

Last Fulham line-up: Areola, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Robinson, Aina, Loftus-Cheek, Reed, Zambo, Cavaleiro, Lookman, Maja.

Additional stats

Last result:

FULHAM 1-0 Sheff Utd – Ademola Lookman

Brighton 1-2 CRYSTAL PALACE – Jean-Philippe Mateta, Christian Benteke

Head-to-head: Fulham 1-2 Palace, Palace 2-0 Fulham, Fulham 0-2 Palace, Fulham 2-2 Palace, Palace 1-4 Fulham

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