Vieira’s attacking approach means Palace should outscore match betting rivals Burnley

Andy Schooler casts his eye over the match betting and thinks the Clarets' over-reliance on Wood is a worry, while Brighton are a good bet to win more points than Southampton.

Palace have out-scored Burnley in four of the last five seasons and can do so again in 2021/22.

That statistic has emerged despite the presence of defensive coach Roy Hodgson in the Palace dugout for much of the study period.

Last season Palace finished eight goals better off.

Some will suggest that is of little relevance given Hodgson is now gone, along with numerous members of last season's playing staff.

However, with Patrick Vieira expected to bring a more attacking approach to Selhurst Park, there's every reason to believe Palace's goal output will increase.

Conor Gallagher, one of West Brom's better players last season, looks a good signing in midfield, while Palace will hope teenager Michael Olise, signed from Reading, can add the verve Eberechi Eze did this time last year.

If he does, it's hard to see Burnley matching their goal total.

Sean Dyche is another manager who bases success on a solid backline and that's reflected in Burnley's goal tallies over the past five seasons - 33-43-45-36-39.

Chris Wood Burnley warm-up May21

The 33 came last season when Chris Wood was the only player to score more than three league goals. It's concerning to think what might happen were he to miss a significant number of games.

The Clarets clearly slipped back last season, a top-half finish in 2019/20 being replaced by a position of 17th, just one outside the drop zone.

New American owners haven't released the purse strings for new signings with Stoke's Nathan Collins - a defender - the only significant arrival so far.

Burnley will again look to eke out results with solid defensive displays and so Palace look more than capable of out-scoring them across 38 games.

Brighton vs Southampton

Readers of my relegation preview will know I'm not keen on Southampton this season following a pretty miserable 2020/21 campaign.

They won just 14 points in the second half of last season, while it was just 27 from their 30 games after they hit top spot in November.

The Saints shipped a whopping 68 goals - only West Brom conceded more - and now at the other end of the pitch they've lost their biggest goal threat in Danny Ings.

With recruitment so far minimal, it's not hard to envisage a season of struggle for Ralph Hasenhuttl's side - frankly they showed relegation form for three-quarters of last term.

Admittedly for all Southampton's struggles, they did still finish two points above Brighton but their south coast rivals had some excellent expected goals (xG) stats, suggesting they should have scored almost 50% more goals than they actually did. Given this, a small improvement in their finishing could lead to big points gains.

They've already made a decent-looking signing in midfielder Enock Mwepu, a Champions League starter for Red Bull Salzburg in the past couple of seasons, and further recruits will likely follow given Ben White's £50million departure.

Thankfully for them, Brighton are well stocked with defenders so there's every chance a significant chunk of the White cash is put towards improving that key area up front.

Tariq Lamptey Brighton Dec20

In addition to newcomers, marauding full-back/wing-back Tariq Lamptey is fit again having missed most of last season and he'll contribute at both ends of the pitch. Solly March is another player who was absent for a long time in 2020/21.

Under the shrewd management of Graham Potter, Brighton look a side on the up and with Southampton heading in the opposite direction, backing the Seagulls to win the season-long points match bet looks worthwhile.

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