Crystal Palace 2018-19 Betting Preview: Eagles Seeking Better Start Than Last Season’s
Getty Images. Pictured: Crystal Palace forward Connor Wickham
Crystal Palace 2018-19 Premier League Betting Odds
- To Win Title: +75000
- To Be Relegated: +550
- Point Total: 45.5 (Over +120/Under -150)
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Crystal Palace started the 2017-18 Premier League season worse than any club in history, yet they still managed to avoid relegation. Not only did they lose their first seven matches, they didn’t even register a goal, and former manager Frank de Boer was sacked by Sept. 11. He was replaced by Roy Hodgson, a staple in English football, and the Eagles ended up in 11th, a very respectable finish for this squad, all things considered.
Tranfers IN: Vicente Guaita (goalie from Getafe), Cheikhou Kouyate (midfielder from West Ham United), Max Meyer (midfielder from Schalke).
Crystal Palace have made only three transfer deals this summer, which is obviously a bit concerning, but they’re all necessary and quality signings. Guaita will compete for the No. 1 spot, while Kouyate is a solid defensive midfielder who will provide much-needed depth, and Meyer is a young German with a lot of promise.
Hodgson is also pressing for more players before the transfer window closes, so they could sign a few more recruits.
Similar to Newcastle United, the Eagles must be better than last season when it comes to finishing chances. They’ve got quality up front with strikers such as Wilfried Zaha and Connor Wickham, but need a little bit more support on the attacking side of things.
An early positive for Crystal Palace is the schedule, as Liverpool is the only “top six” club they have to face before the end of October. But then there’s a run of games against Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United that is absolutely brutal. If they can hover around the middle of the league by the end of November, they should be in good shape for the rest of the season.
The Bet To Watch
I’m high on Crystal Palace this season and think they’ve got a great shot of going over 45.5 points (+120). Last season they didn’t really suffer any bad losses after a dismal start, and ended the season with four wins, two draws and no losses. They should be able to carry that momentum into a favorable early schedule in 2018-19.
All odds current as of Aug. 2