Crystal Palace v West Brom tips – don’t expect fireworks at Selhurst Park

Don’t expect fireworks at Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace's Andros Townsend (right) is challenged by Colchester United's Lewis Kinsella during the pre-season friendly match at the Colchester Community Stadium.

Under 1.5 Goals

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Betting Tip: Under 1.5 Goals @ 13/8 with ladbrokes

Palace sank down the Premier League table for most of the 2015/16 campaign, with a bright start then followed by a spate of draws and defeats, mainly through a lack of goals.

Alan Pardew is still looking to recruit a quality striker at Selhurst Park, with Christian Benteke seemingly top of his hitlist although for the time being, we should expect the Eagles to continue struggling in front of goal.

Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha can provide trickery although cutting edge might still be lacking and the same argument applies to West Brom, even if Saido Berahino remains at the club.

It looks likely that the striker will join Stoke City before the transfer window closes and Tony Pulis could keep him on the bench as a result, with Salomon Rondon expected to plough a lone furrow in this clash.

Therefore, we should expect a cagey encounter when Pulis returns to one of his old stomping grounds, with a new owner at West Brom not resulting in new signings right now.

Both teams know how to defend properly, with the signing of James Tomkins strengthening the Palace rearguard, while Jonny Evans and Gareth McAuley demonstrated for Northern Ireland that they can defend stubbornly against some of the very best.

Betting Tip: Under 1.5 Goals @ 13/8 with ladbrokes

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