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Millwall v C Palace: Lions to cop out-of-form visitors’ backlash

| 30.04.2013

After contesting an FA Cup semi-final earlier in the month, Millwall now find themselves in very real danger of dropping into League One by the season’s end.

Justification of 13/8 odds to achieve a home victory over Crystal Palace would ensure that they don’t suffer that fate, but considering they have won only one of their past eight matches in all competitions, that looks unlikely.

That said, their play-off chasing visitors are in similarly dismal form, which could deter some punters from taking the 17/10 odds that they end an eight-game winless streak at The Den.

But it should be considered that no team has lost more Championship matches on their own patch than Millwall this term, with the Lions’ 24 home goals also a divisional low.

And so Palace could not have a better opportunity to solidify their standing within the top six, and will participate in the knowledge that only victory will secure them a play-off spot.

The draw, an 11/5 chance, is not enough to ensure either team’s respective immediate goals are met, and so a gung-ho affair could feasibly ensue, which would undoubtedly favour Ian Holloway’s side.

Renowned for their rapid counter-attacking style, Palace only recently ended a five-match goal drought, yet remain the second tier’s second most productive side from a goalscoring perspective.

And with a massive 14 of their 18 league successes this term coming in games featuring three or more strikes, the travelling outfit tempt massively in total result markets.

Holloway’s men are 10/3 to emerge triumphant from a match involving at least 2.5 goals, with the fact that Palace have notched two or three times in 19 games this term further strengthening the appeal of those odds.

More cautious punters will like the 9/5 that the away team register on two or three occasions meanwhile, and betting on the timing of their strikes can also prove profitable.

A massive 44 of the Eagles’ 70 total Championship goals this season have come in the second half of matches, highlighting the 8/5 that the visitors do most of their scoring after the break as an unmissable price.

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

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John Klee