Crystal Palace vs Hartlepool Prediction, Odds & Betting Tips 05/02/2022

* Betting odds were correct at the time of publication but are subject to change.

Predictions & Odds for Crystal Palace vs Hartlepool

The pressure in on Crystal Palace as they play host to League Two strugglers Hartlepool in the 4th Round of the FA Cup this weekend. Nobody is expecting much from the visitors who currently sit 16th in the fourth tier of English football but the FA Cup is full of surprises and Hartlepool will be hoping to write their name into the folklore history by defeating their Premier League opponents.

Over 2.5 Crystal Palace Goals

These two sides have only met once before, backing in 2004, when Crystal palace needed extra time to defeat Hartlepool by two goals to one. We're backing Crystal Palace to score at least three goals on Saturday against their League Two guests. Over 2.5 goals have been scored in five of the Eagles' last six outings in all competitions and we're expecting the hoss to play a strong starting eleven and to score at least three times against Hartlepool.

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3-0 to Crystal Palace

In terms of a final scoreline, we're going for a comfortable 3-0 victory for Crystal Palace. The hosts don't keep many clean sheets but are expected to on Saturday and the last time they did manage to do so they beat Norwich 3-0 at Selhurst Park. Hartlepool have failed to score in three of their last five matches in league and cup, so you can see why we feel their attack will struggle to penetrate the Palace defence.

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Crystal Palace vs Hartlepool: Key Stats & Figures

The odds are against the League Two side

Crystal Palace suffered a 3-1 defeat in their own backyard last time out against Liverpool and their form has been hit and miss in recent weeks. However, Vieira is doing a good job with the London club and Palace currently sit 13th in the Premier League table. A good cup run can spark a return to form for any team and this is what Vieira will be hoping to achieve with the Eagles.

Crystal Palace Predicted lineup – Guaita, Ward, Andersen, Guéhi, Mitchell, Schlupp, Hughes, Gallagher, Olise, Édouard & Mateta

Hartlepool managed to pick up a point via a goalless draw at mid-table side Exeter last time out but will be hoping to find their scoring boots ahead of a trip to Selhurst Park this weekend. Survival is the main priority for Hartlepool this season and as things stand, the team are performing well overall. Saturday cup clash is a free hit for the visitors as nobody expects them to win the game and they will make some decent money off the back of the tie.

Hartlepool Predicted lineup – Killip, Byrne, Ferguson, Sterry, Odusina, Featherstone, Liddle, Shelton, Molyneux, Crawford & Bogle

Team News

Crystal Palace: Tomkins and McArthur are the main injury concerns for the hosts, while Kouyate is on international duty.

Hartlepool: Francis-Angol, Cook, Carver and Olomola could miss the trip to the capital through injury.

FAQ – Crystal Palace vs Hartlepool

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  • Who are the favourites to win? – Crystal Palace are the huge favourites to win.
  • What was the score when these two teams last met? – Crystal Palace 2-1 Hartlepool (AET), League Cup, 20/09/04.
  • What time is kick-off? – 15:00 GMT, 16:00 CET.

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A lifelong Evertonian, James started writing for an Everton fan site in the mid-2000s and then developed his own blog covering football transfers from across Europe's big leagues before becoming a regular match preview and betting tips writer for Biggest Free Bets. James moved to Free Super Tips next, and then Racing Post, where he worked as a full-time writer for a few years, taking on extra responsibilities such as creating the schedule and assigning out work. Following that, James wrote for a number of websites including Fore Bet before joining Football Whispers in December 2020.