With the Championship season only two games old it seems a little dramatic to say that for Coventry (53/20), their visit to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace is already a ‘must-not-lose’ game. However, with two defeats from two, a third at the hands of the Eagles would be disastrous for Andy Thorn‘s men.
Travelling to south-east London has not been the happiest of trips for the Midlands club in recent times, having only come out on top in two of the nine encounters since the Sky Blues were relegated to England‘s second tier in 2001. Of those nine match-ups, Coventry have returned up the M1 with a point on four occasions and the odds of 9/4 are available on another stalemate between the two sides.
Dougie Freedman will be looking for his side to build on last weekend’s win at home against Burnley and pile the misery on the side from the Ricoh Arena. The Eagles are favourites for the game at evens and Palace fans will be hoping their inspirational midfielder Darren Ambrose can rediscover his form of two seasons ago – when he netted on 15 occasions in the league – and lead their side to the three points.
Games between the two sides have not been filled with goals in recent years and for anyone who likes to bet on the number of goals in a game this stat is for you; of the nine clashes at Selhurst Park since 2001, on six occasions the game has ended with two goals scored. Should that tally become seven after the latest Championship tussle then those who backed it at 5/2 will be very happy indeed.
So with Coventry having failed to score in 180 minutes of Championship football this season and matches between these two sides tending to finish with two goals being scored, I think you can see where I am heading with my scoreline prediction. The odds of Palace winning 2-0 are 8-1, so if you join bwin.com today and use your free £25 bet on this outcome you could walk away with £225 should the result come in.
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