Tottenham v Crystal Palace Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
September 11, 2019
White Hart Lane - Premier League
Tottenham welcome Crystal Palace to White Hart Lane on Saturday afternoon, looking for their first win in four Premier League games. The Eagles currently sit five places above their hosts, and will hope to remain in the top four by the end of the weekend.
Spurs have long had the edge over Palace in the League, with their most recent meeting ending 2-0 thanks to goals from Heung-Min Son and Christian Eriksen. However, Roy Hodgson's side did manage to knock Tottenham out of the FA Cup last season with Connor Wickham and Andros Townsend on the scoresheet.
Dele Ali is likely to start on Saturday, having overcome an injury that saw him miss the start of the season. Juan Foyth and Kyle Walker-Peters remain out at full-back, meaning that Maurizio Pochettino will have to pick between Serge Aurier and Davinson Sanchez. Tanguey N'dombele and Eric Dier are also absent, with Ryan Sessegnon joining them on the sidelines.
Roy Hogdson may be able to start Mamadou Sakho, with the centre-back making a cameo before the international break, following a lengthy absence. Jeffrey Schlupp also recovered to start, and is likely to do so again this weekend, and Jordan Ayew will also hope to retain his place over Christian Benteke.
Tottenham v Crystal Palace Predictions and Preview
Tottenham have had a tough start to the season, but will hope to turn it around against Crystal Palace this weekend. However, Hogdson's side have proven a difficult opponent in the opening four games, and will look to give the home side a run for their money.
The international break could not have come at a worse time for Maurizio Pochettino, who saw his side throw away a convincing lead against Arsenal in their last game. Harry Kane looked fatigued as the match wore on, and travelling with the England side will have taken further miles out of the forward's legs.
Palace have shown defensive resilience and a scoring touch on the counter-attack in a win over Manchester United this season. However, they have proven more than a smash-and-grab team, in their recent win over Aston Villa, in which Hodgson's side had the rare experience of dominating possession. He will have to switch back to defensive mode on Saturday, but will have slightly more confidence following that result.
Wilfred Zaha has long been the man to score the Eagles out of difficult situations, but has been joined this season by Jordan Ayew, the forward notching two already. This would have been a relief for Palace, who have struggled without a consistent striker, but could cause a headache for Tottenham.
Spurs, despite their dip in form, should have the quality to win with ease on Saturday. Even so, Pochettino is currently suffering his first real poor spell in English football, the effects of which should not be underestimated. If the home side can get an early goal at White Hart Lane, they should have the win in the bag, if not, nerves could quickly set in.
Harry Kane to score anytime at 16/25
Kane has three goals already this term, and look to drive the team on from the front.
Tottenham to win to nil at 11/8
Despite their dip in form, Spurs should manage to break Palace down at least once, who will need to be ambitious if they are to get a result.