Crystal Palace v Tottenham Predictions, Betting Tips & Previews
April 24, 2017
Wednesday April 26 – Selhurst Park – Premier League
Crystal Palace’s win over Liverpool last week will have them brimming with confidence, but Tottenham represent a completely different challenge. However, Mamadou Sakho will return and Christian Benteke is on form, so anything is possible.
Palace have lost their past three Premier League meetings with Spurs, but they did eliminate them from the FA Cup last season with a 1-0 victory at White Hart Lane. The away side predictably hold historical advantage, winning 17 from 34, losing only seven.
Connor Wickham, Scott Dann, Papa Souare, Loic Remy and James Tomkins will all be missing for the home side, but star man Sakho will be welcomed back after sitting out against parent club Liverpool last weekend.
Tottenham meanwhile will be without Erik Lamela, Michel Vorm, Danny Rose and Harry Winks, but it is unlikely Mauricio Pochettino will change his system. Unlucky to lose out to Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final, expect the away side to press higher and faster than usual.
Crystal Palace v Tottenham Preview and Predictions
Despite being the away side, Tottenham enter the game as heavy favourites at odds of 4/6, and considering they are still in with a chance of winning the title and Palace are just about safe, it is only logical. The home side can be found at odds of 24/5, and although it seems like a worthy risk after they defeated Liverpool on Sunday, Spurs offer a much greater challenge and will not capitulate like the Reds.
Tottenham are also more likely to create chances than their Anfield rivals, making them a tough double threat. Pochettino’s men have become one of the best-rounded sides in recent Premier League memory, and anything but a win for the away side will be an anomaly.
Harry Kane is favourite to open the scoring at 10/3, and there is seemingly no better option. The England man is on course to overtake Alan Shearer as the Premier League’s all-time leading goalscorer, and he should find the net at Selhurst as he already has 20 goals this season, and the best goal to minute ratio in the league. However, Sakho has been arguably the best centre back in England since his loan move from Liverpool, so it may not be as forgone a conclusion as it seems.
Tottenham to win 2-1 at 8/1
Spurs may be the only side able to challenge Chelsea in regard to both head to head and seasonal targets, but that does not mean they will walk over Crystal Palace. Sam Allardyce has a well organised side that can take points from the league’s biggest sides, proven by their victory at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago.
Dele Alli to score anytime at 6/4
Kane has already been provisionally written into Premier League folklore, but the England international is not the only one that will be remembered from this special Tottenham side. With 16 goals and five assists, Alli is the league’s highest scoring midfielder this term and more than capable of hitting another on Wednesday.