Palace case looks Crystal clear

  • By: Craig Chisnall
  • Last Updated: October 19 2012, 18:45 BST

Our expert Craig Chisnall is previews this weekend's action in the npower Championship and League One.

Crystal Palace can see off Millwall

It's a weekend of derbies in the Championship and I'd take Crystal Palace to continue their fine form by just about edging out Millwall in the South London clash at Selhurst Park.

The Eagles don't do things the easy way on their own patch after coming from 2-0 down to beat both Cardiff and Burnley in their last two home games but Dougie Freedman is doing a magnificent job.

He's been linked with replacing Owen Coyle at Bolton but his only focus will be on making it five wins from five for Palace against their bitter rivals.

With star man Wilfried Zaha also in blistering form I'd take the 6/5 with Boylesports and Coral while you can.

Regular readers of this column will have realised by now I'm a big fan of a double or treble and looking at the weekend I'm picking out Huddersfield's home clash with Wolves and Notingham Forest against leaders Cardiff as draws.

All four of those teams have started the season positively and I can't see them being separated on Saturday.

Huddersfield have already proved they can mix it with the big-boys this term and a point for Wolves would be a good return for Stale Solbakken's men.

Forest's new Kuwaiti owners will have their sights set on knocking Cardiff off their perch by the end of the season but I believe Malky Mackay's men are made of sterner stuff this season and will earn a point at the City Ground.

In League One the Eddie Howe effect at AFC Bournemouth worked a treat last weekend at home to Leyton Orient and that's brought their price down to topple leaders Tranmere this weekend.

Without Howe being installed they would have been longer than the 6/4 offered by Coral after Rovers' stunning start to the campaign but I'd still take it.

The Cherries have one of the best squads in the division and luring Howe back from Burnley should see an upturn in form.

Ronnie Moore's men have been the surprise package across the Football League but I feel their first defeat will come this weekend.

Coral's price of 13/10 on improving Oldham making it three wins in four is also worthy of consideration for those looking for decent prices in an accumulator.

Paul Dickov's men got off to a slow start but have taken seven points from their last nine and seem to have turned a corner.

They were great value for their 3-1 home win over Preston a fortnight ago and with former Everton youth team star Jose Baxter showing glimpses of his considerable talent they will fancy their chances of seeing off Orient.


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