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Mythbusters: 4 potential coupon-busters to beware on Boxing Day

23 Dec | BY Tom Clee | MIN READ TIME |
Mythbusters: 4 potential coupon-busters to beware on Boxing Day

We pick the most dangerous game from each division to protect your festive accumulator...

Myth: Crystal Palace’s dismal run to continue at Watford

For a team that are just one place above the relegation zone, it is remarkable that Crystal Palace have scored more goals than any Premier League team outside the top five.

The Eagles have also not failed to find the net away from home since their first trip of the season to White Hart Lane – notching 16 times in their seven games on the road since.

That run should continue against Watford, who have not kept a clean sheet in seven and – take note, Christian Benteke – have conceded more goals from crosses than any other team in the division.

It is at the other end that Palace have struggled, and the dismissal of Alan Pardew – and imminent appointment of Sam Allardyce – should go some way towards solving their vulnerability.

With the Hornets only scoring more than a single goal twice in the last 10 games, Palace look good value at {ODDS:126609741:23/10} to draw or {ODDS:126609742:2/1} to take all three points.

Myth: High-flying Huddersfield to terrorise Forest

One of the most striking things about the current Championship table is that Huddersfield are fourth despite having a goal difference of exactly zero.

That, though, is hardly surprising given that they are yet to win a game by more than a single goal this season.

Recent narrow victories over lowly Burton, as well as Norwich and Bristol City – the two sides at the bottom of the division’s form table – have turned things around after their previous run of just one win in eight games.

But visitors Nottingham Forest – who have scored more goals than any side in the top six other than Newcastle – are capable of spoiling their Christmas.

Before losing to a rejuvenated Derby County, they had won their last two away games, and are {ODDS:127221676:4/1} to claim another victory on the road and {ODDS:127221675:13/5} to share the spoils.

Myth: Bolton to breeze to victory against Shrewsbury

Given their off-field troubles, Bolton have enjoyed an excellent season so far following their relegation from the Championship.

But they are likely to struggle to keep pace with the top two in the New Year, namely because they have scored the joint-fewest goals of any team in the top half of the table.

The Trotters let down plenty of coupons last weekend with defeat to Chesterfield, and they might cause similar consternation on Boxing Day against Shrewsbury Town.

The Shrews may still be in the relegation zone, but since Paul Hurst took over in October they have lost just three of their last 11 in all competitions.

That upturn in form has included taking points off four of the six teams they have played in the top half of the table.

They are 6/4 to do the same against Bolton – with a win priced at {ODDS:127249318:6/1} and a draw {ODDS:127249317:100/30}.

Myth: Visit of Wycombe will be plain sailing for Plymouth

Two points clear at the top of League Two, Plymouth are still on course to make up for their defeat in the play-off semi-finals last season.

The Pilgrims, though, have only just recovered from a run of three consecutive losses in the league, two of which came at home.

And on Monday they welcome Wycombe, who are 10 points behind them in sixth.

Gareth Ainsworth’s side have only recently surged into the promotion picture thanks to eight straight wins in all competitions.

Given that three of Plymouth’s five league defeats have come against teams in the top 10, don’t be surprised if they drop more points against another of the division’s better sides.

The Chairboys are {ODDS:127240046:21/10} to prolong their perfect run and {ODDS:127240045:23/10} to take just a point.  

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Tom Clee

Global content manager who covered football in Europe and South America before winning the Conference with Barnet FC.

Tom Clee

Global content manager who covered football in Europe and South America before winning the Conference with Barnet FC.