Premier League Preview: Crystal Palace vs. West Ham United

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Updated: August 19, 2014
Crystal Palace

Match Date: 23 August 2014 (local time)

Venue: Selhurst Park

 

Crystal Palace continues to lament the sudden resignation of its former manager, Tony Pulis. But with a bit of an impressive performance against Arsenal, the Eagles are determined to show that they can survive without their pitch mentor.

 

The contenders

Crystal Palace

Forty-eight (48) hours before the Premier League opened, Crystal Palace’s former manager, Tony Pulis, disclosed that he will be leaving the squad. The man who healed the Eagles’ broken wings and salvaged them from relegation decided to leave Selhurst Park.

 

The effect of the shocking news was immeasurable. Pulis was a manager of pure class. Not only did he lift the club out of the relegation zone. He also orchestrated the 11th spot finish. Such achievement clearly defines Pulis’ quality as a manager. Without him, football betting odds predicted Palace to go back to the Championship.

 

But clearly, the prediction is a bit early or for the lack of a better term, too judgmental. Palace indeed, suffered a disappointing loss to Arsenal. But the result was not really that disappointing in the strictest sense of the word. Experiencing a 2-1 loss to the Gunners was not that bad. Many predicted an even worse finish. However, the Eagles soared high and prevented a would-be thrashing. It continued to live with the reputation that they are not your typical yoyo club. And although it lost in the opening, there is a minimal possibility that it will suffer the same fate in its upcoming match.

 

West Ham United

West Ham United welcomed the new season with a frustrating start as it failed to take the spotlight away from the 10-man Tottenham.

 

The result of the above-mentioned match will readily force Sam Allardyce to utter an impossible wish of resetting the hands of time. Clearly, they had the chance to take the lead when they were awarded with a penalty after a handball violation.

 

But it seemed that Mark Noble forgot that he will be battling against a prolific Hugo Lloris. As a resulted,  a major opportunity was wasted and what was even more frustrating was Eric Dier’s last minute rally that secured the Spurs’ victory.
West Ham supporters were expecting for improvement, but it turned out that they will be greeting the new season with a major loss.

 

Possible head turners

Crystal Palace is expected to feature in the upcoming match. The club’s team captain, Mile Jedinak is once again, expected to determine Palace’s pace. Aside from him, many are also waiting for Dwight Gayle to trigger a scoring spree. Palace will also miss Jason Puncheon after incurring a red card during the match against Arsenal.

 

What the odds say

Crystal Palace emerges as the match’s heavy favorite. The squad is valued to win at 2.37 in 12BET.

 

 

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