Peterborough Utd. - Crystal Palace

Peterborough are noticing not so good debut in second tier of English football. Just one point from possible 12. They made three defeats, WBA 2-3 at home and Derby County 1-2 and Preston North End 0-2 away. Only point came from encounter against Sheffield Wednesday at home (1-1). Club looks nearly the same like in previous season, without any big signing and it seems they simply don’t possess enough quality for this level of competition. Defense line looks extremely shaky so far. Usually they concede a goal in early stage and rest of the game opponent just keep the result and wait for a new error of Posh’s defense. Considering all clubs in Championship, Peterborough showed the least quality in opening four rounds and I see them as the most serious contenders for dropping into League One. Additional problem for boss Darren Ferguson is “short bench”, first eleven don’t have adequate substitutes and Posh start to face with injury problems. They hope to include winger Chris Whelpdale, who missed the start of the season following a hernia operation. But, defenders Tommy Williams (groin) and Jamie Day (ankle) are not expected to feature. Hosts will surely have their bright moments this season, but today’s visitors are not a team for a first win.

Crystal Palace made another unconvincing start of the season. One win (Ipswich Town 3-1, away), one draw (Plymouth Argyle 1-1, at home) and two defeats (Bristol City 0-1 away and Newcastle 0-2 at home). Despite not so good results in the first four rounds, Eagles show some potential. They put an impressive display against Ipswich and in Carling Cup against Man.City were equal in first 45 minutes (conceded twice in second half). They have some very talented players and surely have a quality for a middle of the table (at least), but biggest problem is their youth which doesn’t allow any consistency in results. Luck of experience was obvious against Newcastle, where they conceded a goal at the start (2nd minute), very soon got another one and game was finished. Striker Victor Moses is doubtful for Crystal Palace after suffering an ankle injury during the Carling Cup defeat, while skipper Shaun Derry and excellent midfielder Darren Ambrose should play despite sickness bugs. Striker Stern John (elbow) is still sidelined. Boss Neil Warnock is one of the best managers in Championship, he surely knows how to mentally prepare his young players and Eagles will go for all three points here.

I don’t agree with a slight advantage that bookies gave to home side and think visitors are closer to victory at London Road. However, half of the 16 league matches between these clubs have ended in draws and I’ll cover a possibility of another one with Asian handicap. With a more than decent odd, it definitely worth a bet.  So, C.Palace (0.0), 2.12 at Pinnacle.

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