Growing pains under Moyes
After suffering a defeat to Liverpool in the last round of EPL action Manchester United slipped to seventh spot in the table. With just 4 points from three games, United fans are starting to get a tad jittery; that is, if they weren’t already sceptical about what life under new manager David Moyes would be like at the start of the season. Now that the dust has settled, it’s nothing to write home about.
Just to put it into perspective, Man U is level on points with Cardiff City, Norwich and West Ham, to name a few. Now a four-point start over three games might have been good enough for Everton (from whence Moyes came), but not Man U where the expectation to win every single game is as ingrained as the grass on the pitch.
It seems strange to say this about a club of Man U’s stature and so early in the season but Friday’s date with Crystal Palace is a must-win game for Moyes and his motley crew.
Despite Man U’s questionable start on the season, market confidence hasn’t wavered. Bookies send the Red Devils into Friday’s affair as the runaway favourites at -550 to win outright at Bet365. The same assurance is reflected in other markets as well. In the double result markets, winning both halves sees Man U tipped at -163.
Crystal Palace punching above their weight class?
Crystal Palace haven’t looked as bad as some expected they would in the Premier League and that has led some to wonder whether they are punching above their weight class or is it all just a fluke and they are due to come crashing back down to earth with a thud?
Although Crystal Palace started the season with two straight defeats, they are flush off a convincing 3-1 win over Sunderland in week 3 which sees them climb the table to 14th with three points and keep company with Aston Villa and Everton in the table.
During their defeats Crystal Palace accounted rather well. The season opener with Tottenham ended on a respectable 1-0 and in their second lap around the league they lost 2-1 at Stoke.
As far as soccer betting markets are concerned, Crystal Palace is listed as the massive underdog at +1600 to win outright at Bet365 whilst the draw is far flung at +600. Where double result markets are concerned, to win both halves is an hefty +2200 bet while a draw-Crystal Palace win is tipped even larger at +2800.
Man U vs. Crystal Palace Preview and Predictions: The Red Devils are clearly playing below the lofty standards set by Fergusson while Crystal Palace is playing above expectations. What this means for soccer bettors is: angles for profit can be had.
Obviously, Manchester United has the edge in this game – and the market wholeheartedly cornered – and so they should win. You could do no worse than add Man U to your soccer picks. Even Man U to win both halves. Biggest problem for Man U however is the fact that they haven’t scored in their last two games – a scoreless draw against Chelsea and a 1-0 defeat at Anfield are somewhat concerning results. Certainly, if they forget their scoring boots here the ensuing barrage of criticism will be terrifying. Incidentally, Over 2.5 is the favoured outcome at -200 while Under 2.5 is listed at +150.
That said the markets confident expectation could be turned on its head Man U underestimate Crystal Palace. Now a shock win does seem unlikely as it goes against our habit and our ingrained perceptions about Man U – perhaps we aren’t ready to go quite that far, throw in the towel just yet. What would be likely in the “shocking” realm however would be a draw final result, which is a nice +600 bet. Or even Crystal Palace winning just the first half and taking a lead into stoppage time, which is a bet that could be found in several forms such as Crystal Palace winning the first half and losing the second half at +2000 or Crystal Palace winning the first half only to settle on a draw final result at +2500.
Soccer Free Picks: Draw at +600 and Under 2.5 at +150