To put things bluntly – a lot more was expected out of Crystal Palace this year. They haven’t started out as poorly as last season, though their past couple of fixtures have certainly been underwhelming. They possess a fair bit of attacking flair and talent and remain well-structured under manager Roy Hodgson, but their lacklustre spot has many wondering if they will again be mired in a relegation battle.
Their Saturday opponents are already in the fight to stay afloat, and will very likely remain there for much of the season. They struggled in their first two outings this year, and still have yet to secure a victory. Last time out they scored an impressive draw vs. Everton, but many more positive results are needed if Huddersfield want to stay in the top flight for a third straight year.
This is already a crucial match despite it being so early in the season. Both sides desperately want to avoid another cruel relegation battle, and securing the full three points would surely go a long way in deciding who stays up and who goes down once May 2019 comes around. For Palace/Huddersfield this should be a tense affair – as always, read on below for a match breakdown and an official betting selection for some profits during Matchweek 5.
Huddersfield Town vs. Crystal Palace Betting Odds:
Crystal Palace (+150)
Over 2 (-130)
Under 2 (+110)
Huddersfield Town vs. Crystal Palace Pick:
Following a great opening day, it’s been dreary ever since for the Eagles of Crystal Palace. A lot more was expected out of them this season, with their talented offseason acquisitions and their ability to hang on to star striker Wilf Zaha. Palace however has been pretty poor of late, and especially so in their last match vs Southampton. Losing at home is rare for the Eagles, and without Zaha – they remain a different team. Fortunately for Roy Hodgson, Zaha is expected to suit up on Saturday and should be able to really have his way with a weak Huddersfield back-line. His absence two weeks ago vs. Southampton was glaring, and with him back in the fold – a legitimate attacking threat should return.
For Huddersfield, they’ve managed to be solid at the back their past two weeks but the goals have proven to be quite tough to come by. They’re very much in a way an opposite team to Palace, but seem quite devoid of talent right now at many key positions. Last time out manager David Wagner implemented a back 5, and don’t be surprised to see that again against a speedy and potent Crystal Palace lineup.
Palace is better than they’ve shown and look for the recent break to have reinvigorated the side. They are likely going to replace Christian Benteke up top in this clash, for the big Norwegian Alexander Sorloth. It’s a swap that seems to be long overdue and should pay immediate dividends for the south London crew. Huddersfield meanwhile are disciplined and well-structured, but really do lack talent. They’re not deep enough or strong enough to hang with a healthy Palace side, and look for Zaha to dominate his important matchup against Mathias Jorgensen. At a juicy plus-money price, look for Palace to secure victory on Saturday – finally playing to their full potential.
PICK = Crystal Palace (+150)