With the FA Cup coming to its latter stages, the games become more and more balanced. Each round, we now see a good number of replays, that take their toll on the team’s domestic schedule and, for some, their European fixtures as well. Thankfully, Crystal Palace and Bolton are not involved in European Cups, but they evidently wanted to avoid this second clash between them.
Crystal Palace vs Bolton – 17/01/2017
Match Odds At Football Betting Sites
Full Time Result: Crystal Palace 1.61 or 8/13, Draw 4.10 or 31/10, Bolton 6.00 or 5/1
Total Goals Over/Under 2.5: Over 1.85 or 17/20, Under 1.95 or 19/20
Both Teams To Score: Yes 1.90 or 10/11, No 1.90 or 10/11
That is particularly the case for the home side, which isn’t looking great in the Premier League. They are sitting dangerously close to the relegation area, and Sam Allardyce (their new manager) would have preferred more time to prepare for league fixtures. Instead, after a 0-0 draw away from home, they now have to prepare to host Bolton at Selhurst Park, and at least try to qualify for the next stage of the competition. Although Bolton is a League One side, Crystal Palace wasn’t able to dominate the previous game, let alone win it – a better performance is undoubtedly necessary.
On the other hand, Bolton is also involved in a race which is more important than progressing another round or two in the FA Cup. They sit just 2 points behind second place with a game in hand, which means that if they win that game, they’ll step up to a place which ensures direct promotion to the Sky Bet Championship. That would be of much greater importance for the squad than progressing to the Fa Cup 4th round, where a bad draw could pin them against teams like Manchester United, City or Chelsea.
Crystal Palace vs Bolton Betting Tips
That being said, we suggest ignoring any outright bets for this game, particularly as it’s a cup game and a replay. We recommend going for an under 2,5 goal bet since neither team will press very hard, and possibly go for a Crystal Palace goal, since they are playing at home. Those are the only ideas we consider safe – betting on these replays is a lot harder than it looks.
Home Win @ 1.61 or 8/13
Crystal Palace Win & Under 2.5 Goals @ 3.55 or 51/20
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