After just FIVE games in charge Frank de Boer was relieved of his duties at Selhurst Park earlier in the week, becoming the Premier League’s first managerial causality of the season and it’s no real surprise.
Palace are rock bottom with no points and are yet to find the back of the net in the league. The Dutchman, well known for his total football approach, was tasked with transforming the Eagles’ style of play. But with a squad assembled by Big Sam for a more direct approach, there De Boer’s fate was sealed after defeat at Burnley, which saw his side miss a handful of chances. The decision to sack the Dutchman so early on in the season has received widespread criticism in the media, but as we all know football is a results based business and de Boer wasn’t delivering.
The man tasked with rescuing Palace is former England gaffer Roy Hodgson, a far cry from the free flowing, total football the Palace board craved in the summer.
Hodgson’s first game will be against Southampton on Saturday. The Saints have started the new campaign with a mixed bag of results, taking five points from four games. Like Palace goals have been hard to come by for Mauricio Pellegrino’s side who have failed to score in three of their opening four games, so don’t expect too many goals when the two sides meet on Saturday.
Palace will be without Pape Souare, Wilfried Zaha, Bakary Sako and Conor Wickham due to injury, but James Tomkins and Ruben Loftus-Cheek could feature. For the visitors Virgil van Dijk is still lacking match fitness and is expected to miss out.
I’m going to stick my neck on the line and back Palace to bag their first victory of the season. They didn’t play that bad against Burnley last time out and were unlucky not to at least come away with a point.
Palace to win at 2/1 is great value.