Sunderland vs. Crystal Palace Free EPL Soccer Pick

Nikki Adams

Friday, April 10, 2015 10:10 PM GMT

Friday, Apr. 10, 2015 10:10 PM GMT

Sunderland's bid for Premier League survival continues in week 32 EPL betting. Can the Black Cats continue their ascent in the table at the expense of Crystal Palace? Find out as we breakdown this clash and serve up our soccer betting verdict.

Sunderland Crawling Up The Table
The Black Cats crawled up the Premier League table last weekend following a pivotal 1-0 win over Newcastle United at the Stadium of Light, which marked their first win since January. They climbed up to 15th place from 17th and moved three points clear of the drop zone. Obviously, they are in no way safe from relegation yet and it's too soon to burst open the bubbly. Still, they're hoping every cloud has a silver lining after securing their first win under newly appointed boss Dick Advocat, in the Tyne-Wear derby no less. And they'll be looking to avoid the relegation express to Championship with only seven games left on the season.

That's easier said than done. As evinced on the Premier League odds board where they are set to welcome in-form Crystal Palace to the Stadium of Light as the +190 underdogs. It's going to take a concentrated effort by the Black Cats to overcome Alan Pardew's side, who are buoyed by a 2-1 win over Manchester City in the last lap of Premier League betting.

 

Crystal Palace On Form
Crystal Palace stunned soccer betting markets last weekend with a 2-1 win over Premier League champions Man City. The win marked their third straight win in England's top flight, fourth in their last five.

Overall, Crystal Palace are sat eleventh in the table on the back of a 10-9-12 record and 39 points. They are just three points shy of ninth-placed West Ham United and tenth-placed Stoke City (both on 42 points).

On the form table, Crystal Palace are up in fourth place, hobnobbing with the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea . They boast a 4-0-2 mark in their last six games and a 2-0-1 mark both home and away in their last three respectively. Consider such form, a win over Sunderland is there for the taking, as is a potential top ten ranking by the end of week 32 EPL betting. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that Crystal Palace are trading as the notional favorites at +170 soccer odds to win outright at the expense of Sunderland.

Alan Pardew's lads have to look at this game as a must-win game and not take it for granted because of the ensuing schedule, which coughs up some tough opponents in Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool. Then again, if they can beat Man City perhaps they'll fancy their chances against those heavyweights too. By that same token, if they can beat the titleholders, they should be able to beat Sunderland as well.

 

Soccer Betting Verdict:
Sunderland are dangerous opponents right now. Relegation fears provide intangible incentives. Why, last season they rescued their top-flight credentials with a brilliant run down the stretch, albeit under a different manager. Still, it's an experience from which they can draw inspiration for the last seven games on the EPL schedule, most specifically their home dates which includes Crystal Palace on Saturday. It remains to be seen whether they can turn the soccer odds in their favour.

Going on current form, however, Crystal Palace practically leap off the page as the value soccer pick to win outright at +170. They must be brimming with confidence after sending the Citizens packing last weekend, and so long as they don't underestimate the Black Cats they could very well pull off the win.

Soccer Picks: Crystal Palace +170 at bet365

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