Crystal Palace vs Brentford Prediction, 8/21/2021 EPL Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Crystal Palace vs Brentford
Date: Saturday, August 21, 2021
Location: Selhurst Park in London, England
TV: Peacock Premium
Odds/Point Spread: Crystal Palace (-105) Brentford (+275)
Selhurst Park is the venue where Christian Benteke and Crystal Palace (0-0-1, 18th in the EPL) will play Brentford (1-0-0, 6th in the EPL) on Saturday. The men protecting the net will be Vicente Guaita for Crystal Palace and David Raya for Brentford. Crystal Palace are at -105 while the Bees are priced at +275. The over/under opens at 2.25.
Crystal Palace played Chelsea in their last match and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 3-0. When discussing the passing game, they ended with a 87.1% passes received rate by converting 370 out of their 425 passing attempts last match. Crystal Palace attempted 18 dribbles in this matchup and were successful in 10 of the tries for a percentage of 55.6%.
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In regard to shooting accuracy, Crystal Palace ended this match at a 25.0% rate by hitting 1 shot on target out of 4 total shots. Crystal Palace has yet to score any goals this season.
Christian Benteke is a guy who should be able to impact this game for Crystal Palace. Benteke has been a starter in 280 matches in his career while scoring 0.44 goals per 90. The forward hailing from Belgium has racked up 125 goals in 25,834 minutes. He has 35 assists while earning 45 yellow card warnings in his career.
Someone else who should impact this match is Wilfried Zaha, the forward who represents Cote d'Ivoire. Zaha has played 29,275 minutes in 324 starts and has been handed a total of 60 yellow card cautions. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 41 times thus far in his career while he has scored 60 total goals. He scores 0.18 goals per 90 minutes for his pro soccer career.
The man defending the goal for Crystal Palace is Vicente Guaita. Guaita (107-81-117 mark during his career) has totaled 88 clean sheets, which has him sitting with a 29.1% shutout rate. The goalkeeper hailing from Spain has faced 1,316 shots tried at him in 302 starting assignments. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.3 (392 total goals surrendered) and he has earned a save % of 70.7. Guaita has played for 27,395 minutes and has accumulated 926 saves during his soccer career.
For their last match, Brentford took home the win by a final score of 2-0 against Arsenal. Brentford finished with a 66.7% successful dribble percentage by converting 8 of the 12 dribbles they pursued. They finished the contest by converting 206 out of their 275 passing tries earning a rate of 74.9%. Brentford connected on 3 shots attempted out of the team's 8 shots attempted which had them at a 37.5% rate when they last stepped onto the pitch. With 2 goals and 1 assist in all competitions, Brentford averages 2.00 goals per 90.
Ivan Toney will need to provide a lift for Brentford. The forward hailing from England has 18,024 mins and has scored 107 goals. He has totaled 58 yellow card warnings in his pro soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 34 times. He sports an average of 0.53 goals per 90 mins and has had a starting assignment in 195 games during his soccer career. Make sure to keep an eye out for Sergi Canos, the forward hailing from Spain. Canos has been given 21 yellow cards in 10,422 mins played (119 starting assignments). His goals per 90 min average so far in his career is 0.27. He has tallied 31 goals in his career while assisting on a goal 25 times.
David Raya is expected to look after the net for Brentford. Raya has 53 clean sheets and has defended 750 shots against him in 18,270 minutes in his career. He has a save percentage of 73.2 and his clean sheet rate is currently at 26.1%. He has allowed 1.05 goals per 90 minutes and he has earned a mark of 100-53-50. During his career, Raya has conceded 214 goals while tallying 546 saves in 203 starts.
Who will win tonight's EPL game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Crystal Palace (-105)
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