Crystal Palace have handed caretaker-boss Dougie Freedman the managerial reigns at Selhurst Park on a permanent basis but it doesn’t look like the Scot will preside over an improvement in the Eagles’ dreadful away form as he takes his side to Swansea.
Palace have lost ten out of 13 on the road and were also beaten at Coventry in the FA Cup last weekend while Freedman’s troops have also shipped a remarkable 31 goals on their travels. The statistics don’t bode well then for a trip to the Liberty Stadium, where the promotion-chasing Swans have an impressive 8-3-2 record and look a banker at 8/13 with Stan James.
It’s in Swansea’s miserly defending at home that the value lies however. Brendan Rodgers’ troops have only conceded five goals on their own patch in 13 outings and they’re a tasty 7/5 courtesy of Partybets to combine victory with yet another clean sheet here.
By contrast, there could be a goal glut at Elland Road where Leeds tackle Scunthorpe. price the Whites at 8/13 to heap more misery on the relegation-threatened visitors but as the Iron reserve their best performances for games away from Glanford Park, we’re happy to swerve the match betting.
Instead, noting that 49 goals have been scored in Leeds’ 13 home games and also the average of three per game produced in Scunthorpe’s away games as well as the Iron’s recent defensive leaks, it’s worth speculating on a tally of more than 3.5 in this one, at 13/8 (William Hill).
At Carrow Road meanwhile, Norwich look to have been underestimated as they prepare to entertain Cardiff. The FA Cup slip up against Leyton Orient notwithstanding, the third-placed Canaries have been pretty solid on their own turf, where they edged out leaders QPR recently and they have to be fancied at 13/10 with Coral, against a Bluebirds side arriving on the back of four consecutive away defeats in the league.