Tottenham v Crystal Palace Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
November 03, 2017
Wembley Stadium - Premier League
Tottenham host Crystal Palace at Wembley on Sunday, and Spurs will be full of confidence after their famous win over Real Madrid in the Champions League.
Crystal Palace have just one Premier League victory against Tottenham in their last eight attempts. The Eagles did knock Spurs out of the FA Cup at White Hart Lane a year and a half ago though. It’s almost 20 years since Palace beat Spurs in the league on their own patch. Tottenham won both meetings between the sides last year 1-0, requiring a late goal in each game.
After Harry Kane made his return to the Tottenham team on Wednesday without any further issues before getting a rest towards the end, he’ll start up front again for the hosts. One of last season’s match winners, Victor Wanyama, misses out with a knee injury, while Erik Lamela is a continued absence.
Roy Hodgson has a number of players due to miss out, including Patrick van Aanholt who has a hamstring problem. James McArthur and Mamadou Sakho both face late fitness tests, while the former England manager’s attacking options are hampered by Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham’s knee ligament injuries.
Tottenham v Crystal Palace Preview and Predictions
If Tottenham’s performance at Old Trafford last weekend was disappointingly underwhelming, the Wembley masterclass against the reigning, back-to-back European champions was the polar opposite. With just one win and a draw under their belts so far this season, few will give Crystal Palace much chance of picking up a result in this one.
Wednesday evening had a real coming of age feel for this Tottenham team, full of bright young talent, much of which is English to boot. The target for this group of players has to be to win their domestic league, and after that defeat against Manchester United and with Manchester City looking almost unstoppable, this is a must-win for Spurs.
Crystal Palace meanwhile have only scored four goals so far this season, with injuries being a real problem for Hodgson. Wilfried Zaha’s return to form and fitness is a welcome boost, but Palace are likely to struggle against a well-organised Spurs defence.
There’s no surprise that the hosts start as heavy favourites in the betting, and you can back them at 3/10. Palace are priced as long as 15/1 for the upset, while if you think the Premier League’s basement club can snatch a point then the draw’s available at 6/1.
Tottenham to win to nil at 11/8
The Premier League’s worst attack goes up against the third best defence, so this is a great way to improve your odds on a home win.
Dele Alli to score in Tottenham win at 5/4
Back the talented youngster to follow up his brace against Real Madrid with another goal on Sunday as Spurs claim the points.