Crystal Palace v Tottenham Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
February 22, 2018
Selhurst Park - Premier League
Crystal Palace look to overturn a run of four games without a win, as they host Tottenham in the Premier League on Sunday. Spurs are unbeaten in fifteen games however, and it will be a tough ask for Palace to take all three points.
Spurs have won all of their last five league meetings with Palace, although predominantly by slim margins. The reverse fixture, back in November, saw Tottenham win 1-0 thanks to a second half strike from Son Heung-Min, in a game that was relatively evenly matched.
Both Martin Kelly and Mamadou Sakho could return against Tottenham, providing a major boost to Roy Hodgson's defence. Even with this two back, Palace are suffering from an injury crisis, with Wilfred Zaha, Julian Speroni and Jeffrey Schlupp facing several weeks out, and Scott Dann, Jason Puncheon, Bakary Sako all out for the rest of the season. Ruben Loftus-Cheek has returned to parent club Chelsea for treatment, with his estimated return not yet clear.
Maurizio Pochettino has a full contingent to select from, and may use Sunday's game as an opportunity to re-integrate Toby Alderweireld back into the team.
Crystal Palace v Tottenham Preview and Predictions
After a storming start to his tenure, Roy Hodgson's side has dropped off recently, derailed largely by injuries. Sitting just one point clear of the relegation zone, Palace face a tough few weeks with minimal rotation for the players.
Wilfred Zaha has been a massive loss for the side, who are extremely short of attacking options. It is telling that Hodson's top scorer this season is Luka Milivojevic, who has scored seven from defensive midfield, and is 7/1 to score anytime. The manager will be hoping that his defensive returnees will be able to hold Spurs at bay, with his side misfiring at the moment.
To describe Tottenham's recent form as inconsistent would be an understatement. Pochettino's side put in a fantastic performance in the Champions League, to come back from 2-0 at Juventus, only to draw by the same scoreline at Rochdale. As fantastic as Spurs can be on their day, the manager must surely be worried by how toothless the side look in attack when without Harry Kane, Dele Ali or Christian Eriksen.
Although fielding a second string XI is always a risk, a replay is exactly what Pochettino would not have wanted, adding to an already hectic schedule. This may well work in Palace's favour, as with Tottenham hosting Rochdale just three days later, and Juventus the week after, Pochettino may want to rest some of his players.
As we saw last weekend, Spurs are certainly beatable, especially with a weakened side. However, Crystal Palace are really struggling at the moment and it would be a surprise if they were able to get a win on Sunday.
Harry Kane to score first at 5/2
The striker has been Tottenham's leading light this season and will certainly play having missed most of last week's game.
Tottenham to score over 1.5 goals in the first half at 10/3
Pochettino will want to get the game over early so he can rest some key players so will encourage a fast start.