Brighton have kept two clean sheets in their last 15 Premier League games, while Watford have three in their last 15.
These two sides are hardly the worst offenders when it comes to the Goals Against column, but there’s no denying that over the past two or three months they’ve both had a tendency to ship at least one to the opposition.
At this point in the season, they both have negative goal differences but, unlike most teams below them, have a goalscoring record of better than one goal-per-game.
All of which leads us to believe there’s a high probability that each team will find the net on Saturday. So, we’re picking Both Teams to Score – Yes at 20/23.
Verdict: Both Teams To Score @ 20/23
In the normal run of events we’d be all over the Eagles here for a home win – but Fulham have started to show signs of life – and Palace’s top striker Wilfried Zaha is suspended.
Palace sit six points ahead of the Cottagers after a 1-1 draw with Southampton mid-week, but it was Fulham’s stunning four-goal reply to going two down to Brighton that must have set pulses racing in the dressing room.
There’s no denying Fulham are worse on the road than Prince Philip – with just two away draws (Newcastle 0-0 & Brighton 2-2) this season, but Palace really struggle to sore without Zaha.
And while they have hit the headlines with that 3-2 win over City, a narrow 4-3 defeat at Liverpool and by dumping Spurs out of the Cup 2-0, their league results at Selhurst Park make for more sober reading.
No win in three as a 1-2 defeat by Watford, was preceded by 0-1 loss to Chelsea and 0-0 draw with Cardiff.
This has a low-scoring draw written all over it as Roy Hodgson will want to keep Fulham in their place and the Cottagers’ gaffer Claudio Ranieri can’t afford to go nine points behind an immediate relegation rival.
The thought of backing Fulham +1 at 8/11 probably overvalues them and you didn’t put in a shift all week to be getting odds-on shots.
But the draw at 12/5 adds a little juice to the acca.
Verdict: Palace v Fulham to draw @ 12/5.
While the whole world will be looking forward to seeing a vintage Peter Crouch lumbering his 38-year-old frame off the bench for The Clarets this weekend, we can’t let ourselves get distracted by the sideshow when it comes to betting.
Burnley take on Southampton in a massive battle at the bottom of the table on Saturday, with both sides finally finding a bit of form this season. Sean Dyche’s men have scored 11 points in their last five games, while the Saints have picked up a creditable eight from their last four Premier League outings.
Ralph Hasenhüttl’s name might be just as fun as David Hasselhoff’s to say, but he might just play life-saver for Southampton yet and he has at least got them treading water for now.
He’s also got them firing into front of goals (even Shane Long is scoring), as the Saints have found the net nine times in their last four games.
Burnley are not gun-shy either and have only failed to score once in their last seven games in England’s top tier, including two strikes at Old Trafford on Wednesday night. All that means it’s not hard to see why we reckon you should take the 3/4 on offer for both teams to score.
Verdict: Both Teams To Score @ 3/4
Two of the most unpredictable teams in the league meet on Saturday – so who better to throw into our acca, eh?
One thing we can be sure of is these two should finish the season comfortably wrapped up in mid-table mediocrity’s cosy warmth. They’re separated by just two points ahead of this game and lie in 7th and 8th respectively. The Premier League’s “best of the rest trophy” could be decided by this fixture come May.
Last time out, Everton beat Huddersfield, just like everyone else, but had lost to Millwall in the Cup and Southampton prior to that. In their last 10 games they’ve put together three pairs of back-to-back losses. Showing how up and down they are, they went from a 6-2 home loss to Spurs to a 5-1 away win at Burnley in the space of three days back in December.
The visitors have put together some impressive results recently, knocking off Spurs, Leicester and West Ham in the league. Losing 3-0 to City is understandable, but 2-0 at Molineux to Palace is less so, while drawing at Fulham must count as disappointing too.
What their games do have is plenty of goals – 26 in their last seven games in all competitions – so Goodison’s crowd should be in for some entertainment on Saturday, with the home team no slouches either in front of the net.
Both teams to score looks an excellent acca sweetener at 4/5.
Verdict: Both Teams To Score – 4/5
*Prices correct at time of posting