Selhurst Park - Premier League
Crystal Palace are in the midst of a difficult run of games, with Tottenham Hotspur up next for Roy Hodgson’s struggling side. The Eagles are only a couple of points above the bottom three, while Spurs are looking strong on the road.
The last five meetings between these sides have ended with a 1-0 scoreline, with Spurs taking the victory in the last four games. Take Palace’s FA Cup win out of the equation and Tottenham have won their last six against the Eagles, conceding just a single goal in the process.
Scott Dann is on the road to recovery and should be ready for a return to action soon, although he’s set to miss this game. Fellow defender Joel Ward is also out, while strikers Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham are injured.
Tottenham also have issues with defensively minded players, as Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose and Eric Dier have all been ruled out through injury. Mousa Dembele is also out, but Victor Wanyama could return to the fold for this game.
Crystal Palace v Tottenham Preview and Predictions
It’s fourth against 14th in this Saturday evening kick-off, but 16 points already separate the sides after 11 games of the season. Tottenham are still doing okay despite certain difficulties, while Palace are struggling much more than was expected this season.
The Eagles have only won twice all term, and not since mid-September. Hodgson’s side got an encouraging draw against Arsenal in their last home game to start a run of four games against the Gunners, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United. Palace lost 3-1 at Stamford Bridge last time out though, and a victory here is going to be a tall order.
The hosts are 15/4 to get the three points, while Spurs are 4/5. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have won six of their seven games away from home so far this season, with their only defeat coming at fast-starting Watford. The 3-2 victory at Wolves on Saturday night was more nervy than it should’ve been, but it was another solid performance nonetheless.
It would be a surprise if Spurs slipped up in this game, especially with such strong competition in the race to finish in the top four. There hasn’t been a stalemate between these two capital clubs in their last eight meetings, but the draw here is priced at 14/5.
Tottenham to win 1-0 at 17/2
If this bet is successful then it’d be a fifth successive 1-0 victory for Spurs against Palace.
Harry Kane to score first at 3/1
The England captain looks like he’s back to his best and will lead the line for the away side on Saturday.