Premier League Soccer Picks: Stoke City vs. Crystal Palace

Nikki Adams

Friday, March 20, 2015 5:30 PM GMT

Check out our free pick for this pivotal Premier League clash in Round 30 of England's top flight, as both Stoke City & Crystal Palace hope to continue punching above their weight class.

Stoke City Aim For Record-Breaking Finish To The Season
Mark Hughes and his Potters are aiming to top last season's record-breaking finish and with nine games left on the season, including their date with Crystal Palace at the Potteries in this weekend Premier League battle. Already enjoying their best performance in the win column through 29 games in top flight since 1974-75, one has to admit the prognosis is looking good towards that end.

Stoke City are sat pretty in eighth place in the Premier League table behind a 12-6-11 mark and 42 points. They are one win away from matching their win column of last season (13-11-14) and just eight points behind the 50-point tally of last season as well, which then clinched their best-ever finish.

The Potters could check off one of these goals as soon as this weekend if they take the "W" at Britannia Stadium at the expense of Crystal Palace, a soccer pick that is currently trading at tempting +120 Premiere League soccer odds at Bet365. The Potters have won five of their last eight home league games, including a 3-2 win over Arsenal at the Potteries and back-to-back clean sheets against Hull City and Everton. They drew 1-1 to Man United and their only defeats were against top class Chelsea and Man City during this run of form.

 

Crystal Palace Breaking New Ground
In recent weeks, Crystal Palace have been punching above their perceived weight class in England's top flight. Relegation fears appear to have been assuaged. At least for the time being as they are 8-9-12 on the season with 33 points and sat 12th in the table. So long as they don't lose momentum and focus, they should avoid the relegation queue. In fact, sportsbooks have priced Crystal Palace at -75000 in 'not to be relegated markets'. If that isn't a ringing endorsement for Premier League survival by season end, what is?

On the bright side, the Eagles have not enjoyed a 33-point season through 29 games since 1991-92 when they boasted 40 points at this juncture. Although they may not set new records for the club by the end of this season (or will they?), they are closing in on previously set standards and that has to be an encouraging sign for the club's future and fans.

Taking any points at the expense of Stoke City is going to be a tough ask for Alan Pardew and the Eagles, aptly priced at +275 in soccer betting markets from Bet365. The Potters are a tough nut to crack at Britannia Stadium on Saturday given their current form and confidence and have performed according to sports betting expectations, winning the matches they were supposed to and, even, throwing in a few surprises (Arsenal and Man United).

In more ways than one, this is a match odds makers and experts expect Stoke City to win. Still, the Eagles aren't without a hope. Since Pardew took over they've soared to their 8-9-12 record and 33 points with balanced play at home (4-3-7) and on the road (4-6-5). In fact, since the New Year, they are 5-1-1 on their travels in all competitions and 3-1-1 in just Premier League away games. Granted they've beaten weaker opposition on the road such as Burnley and Leicester, but they also beat West Ham United (currently tenth) and held a desperate Aston Villa to a scoreless draw. Most recently, they are after a 1-0 loss to Southampton but there is no shame in losing to one of the league's top six contenders.

 

Soccer Betting Verdict
This game is shaping up nicely for soccer betting enthusiasts this weekend with plenty of angles for profit. There's good reason to back Stoke City on your Premiere League soccer picks for the outright win at +120, but Crystal Palace can't be written off entirely. They've gotten results on the road and they should take a measure of optimism to Britannia Stadium as the +275 underdogs, which makes them a tempting soccer pick for those looking to cash in on upset opportunities. That being said, when two in-form sides collide there's always the chance they would cancel each other out on the field, so casting your eye on the draw trading at +230 is worthwhile.

For our money, we're going to stick with the Potters at home because they've been reliable there in recent weeks and that's worth a risk at the online sports betting window. For an added soccer pick, we're looking at the Over 2.5 at +140 as well.

Soccer Picks: Stoke City at +120; Over 2.4 +140

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