Sunday 17 February, kick-off 4pm
Keepmoat Stadium – FA Cup
Roy Hodgson takes his Crystal Palace team to League One Doncaster Rovers on Sunday afternoon in this FA Cup preview. Donny are having a solid season and are on a decent run, but the Premier League side are naturally the clear favourites to progress to the quarter-finals.
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Doncaster have been in brilliant goalscoring form at home recently. It’s the same for Palace on the road, against top Premier League opponents. Both teams to score is 10/11 in this football prediction, rising to 5/2 with 888sport if you add the away team as the winners. A 3-1 Palace victory is available at 12/1.
Crystal Palace to win and both teams to score
Michy Batshuayi has impressed coming off the bench twice since joining Palace at the end of the January transfer window. The Belgian has had a couple of good chances to open his Eagles account, and he’s 5/1 with Betfair to do so with the opener in your free football betting tips. He’s 13/8 in the anytime market, and 75/1 to break the deadlock in a 3-1 Palace win.
Michy Batshuayi to score first
Even though we’re going back to 2010, the last four meetings between Doncaster and Palace have only seen four goals. Donny won 1-0 the last time the teams met at the Keepmoat, and the home team are 14/1 with William Hill to repeat that result in your football score predictions. With John Marquis as the scorer, those odds rise to 55/1.
Doncaster to win 1-0
What’s the story with Doncaster vs Crystal Palace?
Is Doncaster vs Crystal Palace on TV? Yes, it’s being shown live on BBC.
What happened last time? These teams were in the Championship together in the 2011/12 season. They drew 1-1 at Selhurst Park in the most recent match, with Doncaster’s Chris Brown cancelling out Jermaine Easter’s opener.
What are the Doncaster vs Crystal Palace odds? Doncaster Rovers are 9/2 in your FA Cup predictions, while Crystal Palace are the favourites at 8/13. The draw’s 16/5 with 888sport, where you can claim £30 in free when you open a new account today.
Remember that time…Doncaster beat Palace in the first meeting in 2011/12? John Oster, who moved to Donny from Palace, scored the only goal of the game at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Team news and form
Last six: LDWDWW
Rovers manager Grant McCann has been naming a strong team in the FA Cup, and that won’t change for these Doncaster vs Crystal Palace predictions. Goal machine John Marquis will spearhead Donny’s attack. He’ll be supported by promising youngster Mallik Wilks, who has 11 goals to his name in all competitions this season.
Last six: LLWDWD
Cheikhou Kouyate and Connor Wickham have been ruled out of this game for the visitors. They join Pape Souare on the sidelines, who’s out for another month or so after dislocating his shoulder. James Tomkins is a doubt with a calf strain, while veteran goalkeeper Julian Speroni is expected to miss out. Wilfried Zaha could be suspended pending an appeal against the extra game ban he got for sarcastically applauding the referee at Southampton.
Doncaster vs Crystal Palace prediction, preview and betting tips
On the face of it, Crystal Palace should have too much for Doncaster Rovers on Sunday. Their Premier League quality is expected to shine through, but don’t write off Donny completely. Rovers have been in excellent form on home soil recently, and could have their say in these football predictions.
Donny have only two of their last 18 games in all competitions, scoring three or more goals in eight of those matches. They’ve hit the back of the net in each of their last 10 fixtures at the Keepmoat, plundering 31 goals in that run. Grant McCann’s side won 3-1 at home last weekend, following that up with a 3-0 victory over Southend United on Tuesday.
The hosts’ form and threat going forward is why we’re backing both teams to score in this Doncaster v Crystal Palace prediction. Especially as Palace have conceded in nine of their last 11 games on the road. The Eagles have scored nine themselves in their last four matches on the road though.
That includes putting three past both Manchester City and Liverpool, the Premier League’s top two. There’s clearly quality in this Palace side, and their supporters will hope for a strong starting XI on Sunday. If a manager like Roy Hodgson doesn’t value the FA Cup, then there’s little hope for the competition.
We have faith in him though, and Palace have certainly shown their commitment to this grand old competition in recent seasons. They were just nine minutes from beating Manchester United in the 2016 FA Cup final, but went on to lose in extra-time.
The Eagles may only be three points above the Premier League relegation zone, but this is an excellent opportunity to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for only the second time since 1995. We think they’ll get the job done, but we expect goals with Doncaster’s form in mind. One of the best Doncaster vs Crystal Palace betting tips for Sunday could be the Eagles to win with over 3.5 goals in the game, which is priced at 16/5 with Betway.
Doncaster vs Crystal Palace first goalscorer predictions
John Marquis has been banging in the goals this season. He has 22 in 38 games in all competitions, and has scored in both of Doncaster’s games in the last week. That includes the opener against Southend in midweek, which the 26-year-old is 15/2 to repeat on Sunday. Palace striker Christian Benteke is still looking for his first of the campaign. The Belgian has struggled with injuries, but is 5/1 in the first goalscorer odds to put those troubles behind him here.
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Although he loves the fact that he shares his name with his favourite player of all time, Jon wishes he had half the talent of former Manchester United maestro Paul. Instead, Jon has turned to writing about the game he loves, and is superstitious about never backing his team, United, when it comes to his weekly bets.