Although two draws suggest a mini-blip for Crystal Palace, I must point out straight away that in both fixtures it was only late goals that prevented them from taking maximum points.
In the match against Ian Holloway’s former club Blackpool, a 90th-minute Nouha Dicko strike secured a valuable point for the Seasiders, while last weekend at St Andrews, Papa Bouba ‘The Wardrobe’ Diop popped up with an 82nd-minute equaliser as Birmingham recovered from a 2-0 deficit to snatch a point.
Clearly the Eagles are taking their foot off the gas slightly when they believe they have the points wrapped up, but after two slip-ups in a row, I can guarantee that Ollie will not let this occur again anytime soon – especially considering his side now trail Cardiff by two points at the top of the Championship.
Despite these ‘poor’ results, Palace have only lost once in their last 19 league matches so you can hardly say they are a team out of form and because of that, they must be worth backing to beat Huddersfield Town at Selhurst Park at odds of 7/10.
I seem to have previewed quite a few of Huddersfield’s matches in recent weeks and I feel like I am repeating myself here, but the Terriers really have lost their way. They are without a win in their last six Championship games, losing four of them, so it is no wonder they are 4/1 outsiders to win on Saturday evening.
The draw is available at odds of 12/5 and given the fact that the Eagles have drawn their last two, there will no doubt be punters who like the look of that. For bwin customers who follow trends, a bet on a 2-2 score-line is priced at 23/2.
Palace have not lost at home since the first day of the season, when they were defeated 3-2 by Watford, and since then have won seven of their ten fixtures at Selhurst Park.
You could say form does not count for much in this league when you see Peterborough win away at Cardiff last weekend, but I sense Palace will be far too strong for Simon Grayson’s side.
In their last eight fixtures in front of their home fans, Palace have managed to score twice or more on every occasion and therefore I like the look of 6/4 on Crystal Palace to win and over 2.5 combined goals scored in game.
With Cardiff travelling to Leicester and going into that tough fixture on the back of an embarrassing loss to Posh, Palace will hope to be back at the top of the table on Saturday evening and given that possibility, they will make no mistake against an underperforming Huddersfield side.