Crystal Palace take on Leeds United at Sellhurst Park on Monday evening, April 25, in round 34 of the AFL. The visitors have not yet secured their place in the top flight for next season, but the Eagles will not go down without a fight. Full statistics and all current odds for the match can be viewed at 1xbet app.
They’re 14th in the league table, and as such have no goals for the rest of the AFL: there’s no danger of relegation (they’re nine points clear of 18th-placed Burnley), and they’re a long way off the Europa League places (15 points). In the 32 rounds played, there have been 43 goals scored and 41 conceded. Wilfried Zaha and Conor Gallagher (19 goals apiece) lead the attack. After their sensational 3-0 win over Arsenal in the league, Patrice Vieira’s men have slowed down, suffering three straight setbacks.
They crashed out of the FA Cup semi-finals a week ago, 2-0 to Chelsea before losing away to Newcastle 1-0 last Wednesday. It’s a good time to make amends in front of the home crowd. The only man missing for the next game is defender Nathan Ferguson.
The visitors are not doing too well in the current Premier League season – only 33 points from 32 rounds, 16th in the table, 5 points ahead of Burnley from the relegation zone. With 38 goals scored and 68 conceded, they have the third worst goal difference in the league (after sinking Norwich and Watford). Until mid-March, the team had an unenviable streak of six defeats in a row, prompting the resignation of Argentine specialist Marcelo Bielsa. He was replaced by former Leipzig manager Jesse Marsch.
Under his leadership, the Peacocks are revitalised and are gradually climbing up the table, with 3 wins and a draw in their last 4 fixtures. In the last round, Leeds thrashed Watford 0-3 away. Top scorer of the team is Brazilian forward Rafinha (10 goals). In the sidelines – striker Patrick Bamford and midfielder Adam Forshaw.
The teams have already met each other in the first round of the current domestic championship, and then the Whites and Yellows got the minimum score of 1-0. In 5 of the last 7 face-offs, the teams have exchanged goals.
Crystal Palace vs Leeds
The home side are playing at their own pace, as there are no tournament goals to pressure the team. “The Eagles are regularly scoring themselves through Zaha and Gallagher, but they’re not exactly reliable in defence. “Leeds have not yet secured their place in the AFL for next season (Burnley are just five points behind), so the Peacocks have plenty of motivation. After the arrival of the new coach, they have played brightly, which gives the result. Our prediction is a two to goal bet.