Tuesday, October 18, 2011


I put up two selections this morning and am also covering another two matches "in running", I am at the Reading match myself, but here are my pre match notes from the other fixture...

Crystal Palace - Bristol City

Overnight lines: Palace -0.5 ball 1.96- 1.96 2.5 goals 1.96- 1.94

Movement: Markets virtually unchanged

Confirmed Team News: Crystal Palace: 1.Julian Speroni i, 2.Nathaniel Clyne , 3. David Wright, 5.Patrick McCarthy , 6. Anthony Gardner, 7.Darren Ambrose 11 Sean Scannell, 15. Mile Jedinak, 16. Wilfried Zaha, 17. Glenn Murray, 38. Peter Ramage Subs: 34. Lewis Price, 4. Jonathan Parr, 8. Kagisho Dikgacoi, 19. Jermaine Easter, 20. Jonathan Williams................. Darren Ambrose returns to the starting eleven.

Bristol City: 1. David James, 5. Lewin Nyatanga, 7. Louis Carey, 8. Neil Kilkenny, 10. Nicky Maynard, 14. Cole Skuse, 20. Jamal Campbell-Ryce, 21. Kalifa Cisse, 27. Albert Adomah, 35. Damien Stewart, 36. Ryan McGivern

Subs: 22. Dean Gerken, 2. Jordan Spence, 12. Ryan Taylor, 18. James Wilson, 34. Brett Pitman .......Not quite so adventurous tonight for City

It will be interesting to see how City line up tonight, under their caretaker boss they went 4-3-3 at home to Peterborough United at the weekend, with Adomah, Maynard and Pitman up front. That almost paid off with the Robins dominating the first half against a lacklustre Posh, but as we discussed at the break then, they had expended a lot of energy and they have lost a lot of second half's this season. Two very good goals from the excellent Boyd and Tomlin secured the points for the visitors. To be fair, the Robins didn't give up this time and scored a late consolation goal.

Palace did us a favour at Watford on Saturday and the Eagles are playing at a pretty high level at present and three points tonight, could very well see them move into the playoff spots. They have a tough month ahead with games against Ipswich Town, Reading, Cardiff City and Leicester City, so will be greedibly eyeing the three "easier" points on offer this evening. Latest in the production line of young talent at the South London club is Wilfried Zaha, the 18 yo who already has 60 appearances under his belt and a whole host of bigger clubs watching him, scored a wonderful goal on saturday and the EPL scouts will be out in force tonight. Dougie Freedman has assembled a very nicely balanced squad at Selhurst Park, with a pleasing mix of youth and experience, they play with a lot of energy and could go really well this season.

Both teams have drawn five of their eleven first half's, but City have failed to go on and win a single one of those and they have collected only six points in the second half table, as opposed to 17 for their hosts, 73% of the goals that City have conceded have come after the break and 9 of their last 14 after the 73rd minute. City are without a win in 9, have only won one of three in which they have led at the half and lost all three in which they have trailed.

Palace are one of only three teams to gain 7 points from losing positions, taking four of them from the two games in which they have trailed at half time. However, when they have gone in ahead, they are an odd looking 2-0-2, one of those losses came on the opening day at Peterborough and the other at Elland Road, where they led Leeds United for 50 minutes. Having also led twice recently against the Hammers, you could easily see them having another 4-5 points on board already and pushing Saints for the lead at the top of the table. This is a team far from the finished article, but clearly moving in the right direction . I will update both games at half time ( BY EMAIL), along with any betting opportunities.

Good Luck.

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