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Mid-table teams Palace and Brentford go head-to-head in midweek clash
Crystal Palace to win 2-1
Tournament: Premier League 2022-2023 | Venue: Selhurst,London, Selhurst ParkBet Now
Crystal Palace had their fans over the moon at one point during their clash against Manchester City. The Eagles were 2-0 up and in dreamland against the champions, before the inevitable happened.
City, as great champions often do, fought back in the second half due to a brilliant hattrick from Erling Haaland, who continues to set the footballing world alight.
Palace have lost against both top two teams, including Arsenal, which shows that they have been unlucky to face them both so early on in the season. They’ve shown plenty of quality as well.
Brentford continue to impress for such a small club. They fought back to secure a point against Everton at the weekend, meaning they have only lost one of their four games so far.
Their away form, generally speaking, isn’t as strong as when they’re at home and they could struggle against the direct pace of Palace.
Reasons to be cheerful:
Played brilliantly to go 2-0 up against City
Front three look as threatening as ever
Reasons to be fearful:
Eight goals conceding from four games shows leaky defence
Failed to score against Brentford in both games last season
Crystal Palace, and their manager Patrick Vieira, can consider themselves somewhat unlucky to have faced both Arsenal and Manchester City so early on in the season.
Those two sides currently sit top of the Premier League and will take some stopping.
Regardless, Palace have played well in all four of their fixtures so far, with their forward players particularly impressive.
They also played Liverpool, making it three very difficult games out of the first four, although they claimed a battling point at Anfield in impressive fashion.
The Eagles’ other game, against Aston Villa, is possibly a better test of Vieira’s team right now. They dispatched Steven Gerrard’s side 3-1, showing off their attacking talents and goalscoring abilities.
Now they face Brentford, another midtable side, and one they will be favourites to beat, especially at home. A win could take them as high as 6th in the league, which should be motivation enough.
Star Man – Eberechi Eze
With Zaha injured against Manchester City, Eze took the game to their opponents and ran them ragged at times. He came away with an assist and was Palace’s best player.
Reasons to be cheerful
Continue to play brilliantly under Thomas Frank
Showed fighting spirit to earn draw against Everton
Reasons to be fearful
Defence could struggle against fluid attack of Palace
Small squad could find it difficult to play twice a week
Brentford currently occupy 9th place, which would represent an upgrade over last season should they finish there at the end of this campaign.
They will face stiff competition of course, not least from Crystal Palace themselves.
As this is such a busy schedule, due to the FIFA World Cup taking place in the English winter rather than the summer, teams will have to play twice per week, especially if they are also involved in the Carabao Cup.
With Brentford being one of the smaller clubs in the division naturally means that their squad may struggle to cope with such a fast flurry of games.
Away from home, they can’t call upon their excellent home support either, something which often propels them to results against the bigger teams.
It’ll be tough for them here, but a positive result wouldn’t be a surprise.
Star Man – Ivan Toney
The big forward will be key against Palace, where he’ll need to hold the ball up and bring his fellow attackers into the game. Palace have conceded plenty of goals so far, so he’ll always get chances.
Palace’s front line will create plenty of chances
Possession evenly shared
Both teams to score
These two sides could end up tussling for similar positions in the league table as the season goes on. They are two teams with excellent managers, very good attacking players and wonderful home support.
It’s the latter than could count in Palace’s favour here, as their home crowd always seems to push them on.
They played well against City, particularly in the first half, and will be determined to get back on the winning road.
Don’t count out Brentford, but Palace are favourites here.
Crystal Palace to win 2-1
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