Many expected Crystal Palace to return from their trip to Arsenal with a tanned behind resembling that of a baboon, but a spirited performance despite the 2-0 defeat will have encouraged the Eagles faithful.
The owners of a six-game-long losing streak travel to West Brom next and are rightful 5/1 long shots to win based on form. The hosts are afforded odds of 8/15 while a stalemate is a 3/1 shot.
While this confidence sapping streak may not come to an end in Baggies country, where they’ve won just twice in 10 visits, backing Palace to notch along with their hosts, in the both teams to score market at 83/100 can be fruitful.
Steve Clarke’s side have conceded in four of their last six games
After an opening stretch of games that saw West Brom concede just once in four, they have since struggled to keep things as frugal at the back in all competitions.
In the next seven games the Baggies have managed just two more clean sheets and have conceded in every league game at home bar one, to the lowly Sunderland.
Palace are yet to keep a clean sheet
The Eagles are as holey at the back as you’d expect from a side locked in a tailspin and formerly marshalled by attack-loving manager Ian Holloway.
They’ve trotted out for 10 matches in two different competitions this season and are still searching for their first perfect defensive performance, even League One strugglers Bristol City managed to slot home against them.
The pair have traded goals six times in previous meetings
The fact that each side has a penchant for allowing the other team to score isn’t limited to this season. Previous meetings between the two have also seen bets on both teams scoring land with gleeful regularity.
In the last ten clashes, both sets of fans have been able to celebrate goals in six matches, with five of those instances coming in the last six renditions.