Why oh why have Sky Sports decided to screen Crystal Palace v Sunderland on this week’s Monday night football?
After a week off in the Premier League from the international break there must have been better options than this one surely?
Sam Allardyce has been brought in at the Stadium of Light to prevent them from the drop but, on the evidence of their 6-2 hammering against Everton in their last live outing, it might be too late already. They look a certainty to be playing in the Championship next season.
What I learnt from that performance is that Sunderland are without question the WORST team in the Premier League and by some distance. The big problem is their ageing and pace-less defence that looks certain to concede in every match which is set to be shown up again by the young and very fast Crystal Palace forwards.
Palace are very short at 8/15 to win this one with BetBright but it’s just impossible to see anything other than a home win for Alan Pardew’s men who bounced back to winning ways after four matches without a success with an impressive 2-1 win at Anfield a fortnight ago.
Many experts believe that Palace are a much better side away from home than they are at Selhurst Park but this match could be played anywhere and they will still be a much, much better side than their visitors.
The 28/5 on Sunderland with BetBright just shows you how bad they are and how far they’ve fallen. Even at that massive price, it’s really impossible to make any sort of case for them.
The Black Cats arrive in south east London with just one win in their last 10 matches and that run will move to 11 on Monday night.
Even the most passionate of Sunderland supporters can’t be holding out much hope for this one but they did win 3-1 here last season and that was their first success at Selhurst Park in the last seven visits.
The big worry for those Sunderland faithful, who will still make the long-trip for this one in freezing cold conditions, is that their defence, with 18 goals already conceded on the road in just six matches, will concede again on Monday.
If Palace score early, which I believe they will, this could get very messy for the Wearsiders and at 17/2 with BetBright I’m going to be having a couple of quid on a 3-0 home win.
The pace of Palace is going to be the big difference in this one and one player who will relish the opportunity of going up against this leaky defence is Palace’s Wilfried Zaha.
The 7/1 on him First Goalscorer with BetBright is worth a wager as is the 12/5 which is available on the former Man United winger scoring at any-time.
Correct Score 3-0 Crystal Palace @ 17/2
Wilfred Zaha First Goalscorer @ 7/1
Wilfred Zaha Anytime Goalscorer @ 12/5
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