Best Betting Options for Hull City vs. Crystal Palace Picks

Nikki Adams

Friday, October 3, 2014 2:17 PM UTC

Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 2:17 PM UTC

Barclay’s Premier League betting heats up in round 7. This handicapper shares her top-value pick for Hull City and Crystal Palace, two sides enjoying contrasting fortunes. 

Round 7 Of Premier League Betting
As we enter the seventh round of Premier League betting, we’re beginning to get a sense of which teams are contenders and which are simply pretenders (or are we?). Usual suspects Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal are amongst the former category, just as most soccer enthusiasts expected they would before the season got off the ground. Amongst this lofty group, however, there’s a mixed bag of surprise “contenders” along with pretenders nipping at their heels: Southampton (second in the table?), Swansea City (5th) and Aston Villa (6th), Crystal Palace (9th) and West Bromwich Albion (10th), amongst several others. It’s a long season yet, lots can happen to turn the table around before the bubbly at season end. Suffice it to say, the new campaign hasn’t disappointed with surprises and upsets aplenty.


Hull City +100 vs. Crystal Palace +280
Crystal Palace are enjoying life in the upper echelons, ninth in the table behind a 2-2-2 mark on the season but level with Man U (7th) and Tottenham (8th). After opening the season on back-to-back defeats to Arsenal and West Ham United, Crystal Palace have gone undefeated in four straight – two draws (3-3 at Newcastle United and 0-0 to Burnley at home) and two wins (3-2 at Everton and 2-0 at home to Leicester).

Next up for Crystal Palace is Hull City, a side that is enjoying contrasting fortunes in England’s top flight. Sat 16th in the table behind a 1-3-2 mark and six points, the Tigers are on a run of five games without a win. Since beating QPR in round 1, Hull City have lost to Aston Villa (2-1), West Brom (3-2) and Man City (4-2) while settling on draws with West Ham and Newcastle United (both 2-2).

Needless to say the Tigers are desperate to snap the negative trend. Auspiciously, odds makers haven’t written the off entirely. Instead they send them into this clash on equitable +100 soccer odds to win outright.

Soccer bettors looking to back the Tigers on those tempting odds, underscored by home advantage, have to consider several key trends. Namely, the Tigers haven’t beaten the Eagles in their last eight league matches. Last season, the Eagles won both fixtures 1-0 to improve to a 4-4-0 record against the Tigers in their last eight. Current form tips the scale towards the Eagles as well: they are undefeated in their last four domestic league games. Knowing these trends prompts us to wonder why the Eagles are a head-scratching +280 soccer pick to win outright. Surely, they warrant some respect and, in turn, more favourable soccer odds.

Soccer Betting Verdict and Tips
At first glance, Hull City to win at +100 soccer odds at home holds appeal. Despite their one-win season to date, there’s been no shortage of entertainment and excitement in their games. Perhaps they’ll put it all together against Crystal Palace on Saturday. Indeed, this is a must win game for them as they have a date with Arsenal at the Emirates next weekend and back-to-back defeats would spell disaster at this early vantage point.

For our part however we feel the value soccer pick is either with Crystal Palace to win straight up or the draw at +230. The Eagles have a date looming on the horizon with league-leading Chelsea. So this is a road game they’ll not want to leave pointless. Consider the motivation of the 1-to-3 points up for grabs, which could mean the difference between remaining in the top-half-of the table and slipping into the bottom-half. Add to that Hull City’s conflicted form this season and Crystal’s favourable record against their hosts and a strong case is made for Crystal Palace to win straight up at +280. For those unconvinced, on-the-fence punters or neutral soccer bettors, the double result Crystal Palace or draw at -120 at Bet365 might be more up your alley.

Soccer Free Picks: Crystal Palace +280 or the double result: Crystal Palace or draw at -120 if you are looking to hedge your soccer picks.

Sharp Soccer Pick Recommended
For our sharp soccer pick we’re looking at the Over 2.5 which is set to the tune of +110 soccer odds. Hull City have been firing at all cylinders – scoring almost two goals in each and every game this season, save for the 2-1 defeat at Aston Villa. Altogether they’ve accounted for nine goals through six games, but conceded 11 goals to their detriment. Crystal Palace have been no slouches offensively either, scoring and conceding ten goals through six fixtures. Surely, with all the offensive weapons each side posses and the open-playing style they bring to the table, we should see this game cross the Over 2.5 comfortably.

Soccer Free Picks: Over 2.5 +110 at 5Dimes

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