Crystal Palace vs Spurs: Time to Clip the Eagles’ Wings

crystal palaceWe’ve finally come to the end of a very long season – one that started full of hope and one that finished almost a year later with a new manager at the helm. It also spells the end of this season’s match reviews and some terrible puns on opponents’ nicknames.

Crystal Palace are our hosts for the final game of 2019/20 and, while we can finish no worse than seventh, sixth place and a guaranteed Europa League slot are still on the line.

Team News

Eric Dier is available having served the final game of his four match ban. It’s been a big week for the 26 year old who has signed a new contract in the last few days. With Dier returning, we have no suspensions ahead of Sunday’s match.

Elsewhere, the news is a little slow in coming in. Doubts exist over Dele Alli and Juan Foyth while it seems almost certain that Tanguy Ndombele’s season is over. That’s all we know so far but things will become clearer when Jose takes his press conference later in the week.

Match Odds

Tottenham start as clear favourites for the win and the best available odds at the time of writing are the 13/20 offered by Betway and VBet. The draw is next at a top price of 58/19 with SportPesa while a win for Palace rounds things off at a best of 5/1 with BetFred.

Those numbers are based on current form which shows that Crystal Palace have lost every single one of their previous five matches. Tottenham, meanwhile, are unbeaten in their last five and have won four of those games. None of us are fooled – we can slip up at the death but based on those comparative results it’s no surprise to see how the markets are in the lead up to kick off.

Side Bets

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Harry Kane

Harry Kane has found his shooting boots of late, notching a brace in each of our last two matches. Kane now has 23 goals in 33 games this season and is favourite to open the scoring at Selhurst Park at 29/10 with 888Sport and Unibet. Son Heung-Min is next up at 22/5 followed by Steven Bergwijn at 6/1 and once again, those figures are with 888Sport and Unibet.

Spurs players dominate this section with Lucas Moura next at best odds of 15/2 with SportPesa and SportNation and then we come to Crystal Palace’s first representative. Jordan Ayew is quoted at a top industry price of 83/10 with VBet.

Other, longer range options for Tottenham backers to consider include Erik Lamela at best odds of 11/1 with SportNation and SportPesa while Giovani Lo Celso is further back at a top price of 13/1 with Unibet and 888Sport.

During that five-game losing streak, Crystal Palace have only scored twice. Over the same period, Spurs have kept three clean sheets so we’d be hoping that the Both Teams to Score bet has risen to a decent level. It’s not too bad with BetFred and SportNation quoting best odds of 10/11 but we had hoped it might sneak up to the Even Money mark.

Based on those same scoring stats, the Overs and Unders, Total Goals betting should also hold some reasonable prices. For a more modest bet, backing Over the 2.5 line will currently return best odds of 5/6 with SportNation but you could look to be a little braver. Pushing to Over 3.5 lifts the numbers quite nicely to a top price of 21/10 with Unibet and 888Sport.

We like to leave this section with a Correct Score summary and, as usual, there are options for the optimists and the more pessimistic fans. A 2-1 away win is available at 29/4 with SportNation while the same outcome in favour of Crystal Palace can be claimed at 18/1 with GentingBet and VBet.

Dangerman

In basic terms of goals scored, Jordan Ayew leads the way for Crystal Palace with just nine goals in 36 league games. We’ve seen that the striker carries Palace’s shortest odds in the individual goal scorer betting but that return is indicative of why the Eagles have struggled for much of this season.

One man who can be a threat to any team is Wilfried Zaha although his returns suggest he would rather have been playing elsewhere. He’s not an out-and-out striker but four goals and three assists indicate that teams were right to avoid his reported £80 million transfer fee in the summer. However, with the shop window about to open once again, Zaha could well be the dangerman at Selhurst Park on Sunday.

Verdict

tottenhamWe’re never keen on making bold predictions: 48 years of following Spurs has taught us to be ready for any result and the same outlook applies on Sunday. Palace are in a dreadful run of form and have nothing to play for but they can still pose a threat and we will never take anything for granted.

We should win and those that are hoping for European football next year would then take a glance to Stamford Bridge and hope that Wolves have dropped points on their trip to Chelsea. That’s all we’ll say on the matter and we’ll focus on confirmed tips in a range of side markets.

Firstly, we’ll avoid the obvious goal scorers and back Steven Bergwijn for an anytime goal. The Dutch international has impressed in his fleeting appearances and, while he’s among a number of players who isn’t guaranteed a start, the 90 minute bet at 43/20 with 888Sport gives us more leeway.

Both Teams to Score hasn’t been as safe as usual with Spurs keeping a number of clean sheets and, while Palace have been goal shy of late, that type of trend can’t stay in place for ever. Finally, Over 3.5 goals looks nicely priced at 21/10. We’ll make that our final tip of the campaign and just hope that Tottenham can end this never-ending 2019/20 campaign on a high.

Best Bets:

  • Steven Bergwijn to score at any time in 90 minutes at 43/20 with 888Sport
  • Both Teams to Score at 10/11 with BetFred
  • Over 3.5 Goals at 21/10 with Unibet

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