Crystal Palace-Sunderland Betting Preview: Plucky hosts can make a point

Ian Holloway's men are still searching for their first win of the campaign, though our tipster believes that the Eagles may need to settle for a share of the spoils on Saturday
Crystal Palace will look to pick up their first point of the Premier League season on Saturday evening when they welcome Sunderland to Selhurst Park.

Ian Holloway’s Eagles have suffered defeat at the hands of Tottenham and Stoke City respectively in their opening two league games while Palace also crashed out of the Capital One Cup in midweek following defeat against Bristol City.

The home side, though, are chalked up as 31/20 (2.55) favourites with BetVictor to claim their first victory of the campaign against Paolo Di Canio’s Sunderland.

The Black Cats showed admirable battling qualities in midweek, as they came back from 2-0 down to secure a 4-2 victory over MK Dons in the Capital One Cup.

Di Canio’s side are available at 19/10 (2.90) with BetVictor to follow up on that result with victory over the Eagles this weekend while the same firm offer 23/10 (3.30) that the match ends all square.

Scottish international striker Steven Fletcher looks set to return to action for the Black Cats this weekend, having recovered from injury and the 26-year-old front man, who scored 12 goals for Sunderland last term, is available at 6/1 (7.0) with BetVictor to break the deadlock on Saturday.

Marouane Chamakh scored his first goal for the Eagles last weekend following a summer move from Arsenal and the Moroccan striker can be backed at a juicy 7/1 (8.0) with BetVictor to follow up with the opening goal of this weekend’s clash.

Palace have long been favourites with the odds compilers to be relegated straight back to the Championship while Sunderland struggled to beat the drop last season so, even at this early stage of the campaign, this is a crucial match for both sides.

Therefore, it is not difficult to anticipate a tense opening period and the juicy 11/10 (2.10) quote from BetVictor for the opening goal of the game to arrive after the 28th minute is a price which should be snapped up eagerly by punters this weekend.

Those looking to back bigger prices should study BetVictor’s correct score market and the generous 6/1 (7.0) quote for the match to end 1-1 is the value play at Selhurst Park.

First goal after 28th minute at 11/10 (2.10) 2pts with BetVictor
1-1 draw at 6/1 (7.0) 1pt with BetVictor

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