Crystal Palace v Birmingham: Improving visitors could nick point

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Crystal Palace host Birmingham in a televised Good Friday clash, and many a punter will clamber to get on the promotion-chasing home side at 4/5.

However, it may prove wise to approach Ian Holloway’s side with caution, in light of their visitors’ vast recent improvement, particularly on their travels.

Indeed, the Blues have avoided defeat in their past seven matches on the road in all competitions, winning two of their last three, which could tempt some to invest in an away victory at 10/3.

Stalemates have most regularly emanated from these seven outings though, occurring on three occasions, so there may be value to be found in the 13/5 odds that this match ends level.

That trio of Birmingham draws all finished with a 1-1 scoreline too, which makes the 13/2 odds about a repeat of that result look appealing also.

Alternatively, betting on the match result in company with both teams finding the net could prove profitable, especially in consideration of the 2-2 draw that emerged from the reverse fixture earlier this season.

10/3 is available regarding a score draw, and given that Palace have scored more home goals than anyone in the Championship, and only three teams have notched more on the road than Birmingham, that is a tempting proposition.

Also, it looks worth noting that the visitors have conceded first in half of their past eight matches, and they went on to achieve at least a draw in six of these games.

It is 5/1 that Lee Clark’s men come from behind to either win or draw at Selhurst Park, whilst the 7/1 that they simply salvage a point from a losing position looks better value.

And as such, players within the hosts’ ranks should be readily considered as first scorer options.

Glenn Murray is the obvious choice, with the Championship’s 29-goal top scorer having bagged seven times in his past nine outings, and sure to be in buoyant mood after signing a new three-year deal with the Londoners.

He is 7/2 favourite to break the deadlock, with debutant former Portsmouth striker Aruna Dindane 11/2 to open the scoring.

Manchester United-bound Wilfried Zaha is a 6/1 shot for the first goal.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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