Scunthorpe - Crystal Palace

Scunny are slowly moving away from relegation zone. They sit at 17th place, seven points far from the line. They’re in the excellent run of results as they’ve noticed four wins and a draw in last five league games. Even in Cup defeat against Man.City (2-4), team made an excellent display with no respect and fighting spirit. In previous round they defeated QPR on the road (1-0). Players are full of confidence, while boss Nigel Adkins has almost all players fit and available. Only concern is defender David Mirfin with a hamstring problem, but new signing Michael Raynes is ready to replace him.

From serious play-off challenger, Palace became a contender for relegation. Dropping into administration and 10 points deduction made the Eagles are now 20th with just four points far from relegation zone. They’re also in good shape as they have just one defeat in last nine competitive games. Last one was Cup victory against Wolves. However, financial worries and relegation fight could make a big mentally impact on Warnock’s young starlets. Second worry is limited number of players. Warnock probably won’t use all places for substitutes, while the best eleven played tough game at Tuesday (Scunny didn’t). And last smaller clubs have a problem (that became a rule), after big win usually comes big down. Alan Lee suffered a head injury against Wolves but will be patched up in order to partner Butterfield in attack.

Scunthorpe currently play as a title contender. In last 4 matches they have collected 10 points from possible 12, while Hayes and Hooper consist a killer duo in attack. Smaller and low quality pitch is a place where only hosts can pass. I give a clear advantage to Scunny and expect a home win, but suggest dnb as a bet. However, home win remains as a gamble.

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