Play Crystal Palace +190 Against the Promoted Norwich City in Premier League Betting

Nikki Adams

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 6:24 PM GMT

Newly promoted Norwich open their 2015-2016 Premier League season hosting Crystal Palace. Can the Canaries defy the soccer odds? Find out as we preview this matchup and serve up our soccer picks.

Norwich City Prospects Bleak?
Most soccer betting enthusiasts and analysts have the Canaries struggling to survive in Premier League, making them one of the top soccer picks to be relegated by season end. A bet that is currently trading at +110 at Bet365. That makes the mandate simple enough for Alex Neil and the Canaries: defy the soccer odds and survive to live another season in England’s top flight.

Right out of the gates, they are set to take on a tough customer in Crystal Palace, a side that finished just inside the top ten last season and that many feel has upside. Although odds makers aren’t exactly writing off the Canaries – they are notionally favored at +145 soccer odds – they don’t exactly have the market cornered either.

Norwich were relegated into Championship football a season ago, only to return after just one season slumming it in second-tier oblivion. That recent experience in the Premier League should serve them well as they attempt to defy the soccer odds and naysayers. What could go against them is a relatively inexperienced manager though and a rather quite offseason with few moves and trades that inspire confidence.

Alex Neil assumed the managerial role in January, when the Canaries prospects of a return into top flight looked to be a pipedream. He made an immediate impact and under his stewardship the Canaries rallied to win 15 of their last 22 games and climbed all the way to third place in the table and earn a playoff spot for promotion into England’s top flight.  There they beat Ipswich and Middlesbrough to earn their place amongst the best clubs in England.

 

Crystal Palace Road Underdogs
Crystal Palace’s season came alive under Alan Pardew last season, when the manager fled the distant recesses of Newcastle United for the big city lights and verve and swagger of London in January. He inherited a club in dire straits, turned it around and led them to a top ten finish, marking one of the feel good stories of the season.

Now, Alan Pardew is set to begin a full season at the helm of the Eagles. Having set the benchmark for his tenure after Crystal Palace’s standout second half he’s obviously expected to do bigger and better things in the coming season.  A top ten finish is certainly the least of their expectations +125 soccer odds at Bet365. But is a Top 6 finish a realistic goal? By the odds makers, it’s an outside soccer pick at +2000 soccer odds.

In any event, Crystal Palace have a favorable opening game on paper with the re-promoted Norwich City. It’s not so obvious on the Premier League odds board where they are trading at +190 to win outright and the draw is running as high as +220 at Bet365. But that could be just down to odds makers severely underestimating the Eagles. Nothing else.

 

Soccer Betting Verdict
The matchup between Norwich and Crystal Palace ranks as one of the tightest on the Premier League odds board this weekend, prompting many to consider value on both sides of the coin. Norwich does have home advantage and that could be invaluable in their season opener. But we’re not buying Crystal Palace at +190 soccer odds. That’s just way to disingenuous in our books. Alan Pardew and the Eagles have to fancy their chances against the promoted Norwich City after the way they finished the season. Knowing the odds makers are doing them no favors, is just added incentive to win this game. What’s more, they should win if they hope to improve on their 2014-2015 season. The games are only going to get tougher as the season gets underway and Pardew will want his lads to seize their chances as they come.

Soccer Picks: Crystal Palace +190 at Bet365

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