Pick Crystal Palace to Outscore Aston Villa in Saturday's EPL Fixture

SBR Staff

Saturday, August 22, 2015 12:14 AM GMT

Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015 12:14 AM GMT

Can Aston Villa find enough goals to stay away from the relegation zone this season? Can Palace keep enough out to the same? Our capper has looked at the odds and has a free betting pick.

Just when Tim Sherwood thought he had solved Villa’s attacking crisis, his key man leaves and the stats look remarkably similar to this time last year. They go to a Crystal Palace team who are having no problem hitting the target.

 

Crystal Palace
Alan Pardew's side lost their opening home match, losing 2-1 to Arsenal last Sunday. Hopes were high following that 3-1 win over Norwich City on the opening day.

Palace won 13 matches in the top flight last season, just six of which came at Selhurst Park and once again they look suited to hitting teams on the counter.

They are actually 12th in the shots on goal table, but 7th in shots on target, which is the hallmark of a quality counter-attack outfit: efficiency in front of goal.

You have to expect them to attack Villa and although Sherwood’s men have only conceded one goal, they know they will have to commit more men forward and leave gaps.

 

Aston Villa
The departure of club captain Fabian Delph and last season's top scorer, Christian Benteke will have hit the dressing room hard, making other players wonder how they will survive having hovered around 16th and 17th for the last three seasons with those players on board.

Tim Sherwood has insisted that his side must improve to avoid being dragged into another relegation battle this season, but they must ensure no-one else leaves. They also must get goals, the simple and highly effective tactic of getting the ball to Benteke quickly worked wonders, but that has been ripped away, so you have to ponder what Plan B is.

 

Soccer Picks
This game seems to be a clash of styles, with the attacking prowess of Palace up against the discipline and defence of Aston Villa. The problems come for Villa when they concede, because they haven’t got the firepower to respond.

The soccer pick is for Palace to outscore Villa by two goals to one at a price of 8.5 (15/2)

Free Soccer Pick: Crystal Palace 2-1 8.5 (15/2) at William Hill.

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