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The hiring of Tony Pulis has really given Crystal Palace a boost. The fact that they are no longer in the relegation zone is a pretty good indicator of this. Against Manchester City they played well and nearly nicked a shock result. Their compact defensive setup nearly frustrated City, but it wasn’t quite enough.
Against Norwich City this is something that should pay off, especially against a Norwich team that has scored just five goals in their last six matches. Crystal Palace do need to work on scoring considering that they have scored just 12 times this season with five of those coming in their last six.
Norwich has struggled recently, although they did nearly enough to get a draw from Manchester United except for an unlucky deflection that led to the only goal. In their last five matches they have gone 1-2-2. They did manage to keep two clean sheets in this time.
Norwich City has also struggled to score this season with just 16 goals scored, which is quite concerning considering the money they spent on attacking options in the offseason.
I’m predicting a Crystal Palace win. They will likely allow Norwich to have most of the possession and look to score on a set piece or counter attack, most likely a set piece. Norwich do have the players and the ability to go out and get a result, but will need to be able to break down what will likely be a very solid, organized defense from Palace.
Betting Odds: Palace win: 2.34-2.41; Draw: 3.24-3.31; Norwich win: 3.08-3.30
Form: Crystal Palace (W, W, L, L, W, L) Norwich (L, W, D, D, L, L)
Prediction: Crystal Palace 1 – 0 Norwich City