Last week’s Carling Cup triumph at Manchester United showed that Crystal Palace can beat any team anywhere but playing three games in week will be a major challenge for Dougie Freedman’s young side.
They already showed signs of fatigue following their extra-time heroics at Old Trafford by letting slip a half-time lead in drawing 1-1 at home to Derby on Friday.
Their hosts, Barnsley, on the other hand, showed they have the stamina to tough out results in their 4-3 win at Peterborough on Saturday.
That win left the Tykes level on points with Palace, in 12th and 13th place respectively in the Championship, so expect Tuesday’s game to be a close one.
Barnsley, with four home wins from nine games, are 6/5 favourites in bwin’s 3Way football betting market with Palace priced 11/5 and the draw also good value at 11/5.
Keith Hill’s men have been in great form of late, with the win against Posh their fourth in five games following a tough start to the season which saw them win just one of their first nine league matches.
Part of the reason was that Hill bought many players from the lower leagues who initially struggled with the step up, but Craig Davies’ seven goals in his past six games show he’s now adapted and his form is one reason why it’s worth betting on over 2.5 goals at 23/20.
With every match in Barnsley’s recent winning run featuring at least two goals, backing a home win and over 2.5 combined goals at 29/10 is also good value and would net £97.50 for new customers using the free £25 bet they receive when registering with bwin.
Palace’s win against United’s backups wouldn’t have come as so much of a surprise to Eagles followers who’ve seen them win three of their last five away in the league.
They only conceded one goal in those three victories, so if the Eagles can contain Davies then betting on an away win and under 2.5 goals at 5/1 is also worth considering.
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