Crystal Palace v Spurs: Sunday’s Selhurst Park Assignment

crystal palaceIn the midst of a tricky run of games that included Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Leicester City, Sunday’s fixture with Crystal Palace stood out. It may look relatively straightforward compared to our other matches in the run up to the festive period but it might just prove to be among the tougher encounters.

We have a good record against the Eagles across the Premier League era but they never make it easy, particularly when at Selhurst Park.

Team News

Sunday’s game is a 2.15pm kick off and, as always, we’re somewhat short on team news on the morning after a Thursday night Europa League clash. Jose Mourinho used all five of his substitutes in that game but, with the exception of Sergio Reguilon and, possibly Lucas Moura, none of the players replaced are expected to start. Moura looked to be struggling as he made way but there are no updates in that regard just yet.

That leaves us with previously reported issues and the main focus is on Erik Lamela. Not for the first time, his projected return date keeps being pushed back and, while nothing is confirmed as yet, we’d be surprised to see him involved on Sunday.

Match Odds

If home advantage counts for anything in this current climate, it isn’t aiding Crystal Palace as the Eagles start here as outsiders. Spurs are favourites to claim all three points at best odds of 10/13 with Unibet while the draw is available at 14/5 with GentingBet and SportPesa. Completing the result betting is a win for the hosts which comes in at 39/10 with VBet.

It’s been a funny old season for Crystal Palace who started the week in 11th place. The Eagles have returned some poor results including a 1-0 defeat to a shot-shy Burnley team but, in amongst it all there have been some standout performances. A 4-1 victory over Leeds United was followed up by last weekend’s 5-1 win over West Brom in a game where even Christian Benteke found the net.

There will always be a threat from Palace sides and, while overall form means that those match odds were to be expected, any prospective Spurs punters will be taking nothing for granted.

Side Markets

Harry Kane

Harry Kane

The Eagles’ key strikers were in productive form last weekend with Benteke and Wilfried Zaha both notching a brace but Tottenham players lead the way in the first goalscorer betting. Harry Kane gets us underway in this market at best odds of 13/4 with Unibet and 888Sport while Carlos Vinicius, who is more likely to start from the bench, is available at a top price of 9/2 with BetFred.

Son Heung-Min gave us a nice profit in the anytime scorer markets in last weekend’s North London Derby but we’d have enjoyed a better return if we’d backed him to find the net first. Sonny is on offer at a best of 5/1 with VBet to open the scoring at Selhurst Park

Gareth Bale is next up at best odds of 11/2 with BetFred while Steven Bergwijn is quoted at a top price of 15/2 with the same bookmaker. Other options for Tottenham include Lucas Moura at 8/1 with Unibet and Giovani Lo Celso at 12/1 with Betway.

Meanwhile, anyone looking for Palace players in the first goalscorer betting can take Wilfried Zaha at 15/2 with GentingBet, Michy Batshuayi at 8/1 with Betway and Christian Benteke at 9/1 with 888Sport.

Spurs fans will find it odd that Both Teams to Score is rarely dropping right now and the team completed another shutout against Antwerp in the Europa League on Thursday night. For Sunday against Crystal Palace, BTTS is available at 16/19 with VBet.

Moving on, the Total Goals betting shows odds of 11/13 with 10Bet to go Over the 2.5 line. This could be the time to go Under that mark but the figures are still odds-on with 888Sport and Unibet quoting the industry best of 19/20.

In the Correct Score markets, a narrow 1-0 away win is on offer this week at 13/2 with SportNation and RedZone. A 1-1 draw, meanwhile, carries the shortest odds for this bet at 11/2 with the same two bookies.

Last Season

The corresponding fixture in 2019/20 came on the very last day of a protracted season and it secured sixth spot and our entry into the Europa League. Harry Kane opened the scoring on 13 minutes and Spurs held on to that lead until the break, but a second half Jeffrey Schlupp goal earned a 1-1 draw for Crystal Palace and a share of the points.

At the start of 2019, we went down 2-0 to the Eagles in an FA Cup game but it’s been a while since we lost here in the league. January 2015 saw a 2-1 victory for Palace at Selhurst Park with Dwight Gayle and Jason Puncheon scoring after Harry Kane had put us ahead on 49 minutes.

Of course, it’s all about winning the next one but the head to head results are encouraging.

Verdict

tottenhamWhile our record against Crystal Palace is undoubtedly strong, we have found them hard to break down and it’s rare to find any emphatic wins against the Eagles. Last season’s 1-1 scoreline seems fairly typical and there are a few 1-0 victories among those recent head to heads.

A similar result on Sunday would be welcome and, while a share of the points is likely to see us lose top spot, it wouldn’t be the worst outcome.

As for confirmed tips, we’ll take Both Teams to Score and, while it’s not been landing with its usual regularity, Palace’s 5-1 win last time out should give their front line greater confidence. Gareth Bale for an any time goal is a bit left field, particularly as Jose has this reluctance to use him. Bale was taken off immediately after his brilliant free kick set up our first against Antwerp so maybe he expects the Welsh winger to play a part at Selhurst Park.

Best Bets

  • Both Teams to Score at 16/19 with VBet
  • Gareth Bale to score at any time in 90 minutes at 19/10 with Betway

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