This is more than just another Alan Pardew reunion to pile on top of his Premier League double headers with West Ham, Southampton and Newcastle, this is a pretty heated south London derby and a potential sleeper hit of the Capital One Cup third round.
Crystal Palace never seem to outclass or be outclassed by anyone, as evidenced by their last five league games all being decided by one-goal margins: two 2-1 in their favour, one 2-1 against and two 1-0 against. It is probably a blessing that their matches typically have a decisive outcome though, as two victories and three defeats pays more points than five draws.
Yet it provides Charlton with a chance too, particularly as the past four clashes between these rivals – and 13 of the most recent 15 over a longer period – were settled by one club scoring one more than the other.
Recommended Bet: Back Crystal Palace to win by one @ [3.75] and Charlton to win by one @ [8.0]
Newcastle [1.92] v Sheffield Wednesday [4.3]; The Draw [3.65]
There will be many punters who wouldn’t touch Newcastle if they were 100/1 at the moment, but this writer sees it as a huge opportunity to be able to back them at close to evens against a side that even at Championship level haven’t been able to obtain an away win in over six months.
The Magpies’ surrender against Watford on Saturday was their first truly bad home display under Steve McClaren, having held a Southampton team that had just thumped Vitesse 5-0 on aggregate in the Europa League, thrashed Northampton 4-1 and limited Arsenal to one goal with ten men.
Also in their favour is Sheffield Wednesday’s record of six losses in eight Capital One Cup road trips, including a 7-0 humiliation at Manchester City at this stage last season.
Recommended Bet: Back Newcastle to win @ [1.92]
Man United [1.4] v Ipswich [8.2]; The Draw [5.2]
How do you explain this one? Manchester United have looked a lot more secure since player of the year David de Gea signed his new contract and returned to the squad, but they have conceded more readily – five times in three fixtures compared to three in six previously. Perhaps the defence have slacked off since being relaxed by the restoration of their rock?
Whatever the reason, and despite there being a strong possibility of a recall for over-scrutinised understudy Sergio Romero owing to this being a domestic cup tie, they are likely to be breached once again by Ipswich, who have been in action 24 times since they last fired a blank.
Recommended Bet: Back Man United not to keep a clean sheet @ [1.78]