Spurs v Crystal Palace: Looking to Maintain a Positive Run

tottenhamThree straight wins with no goals conceded is a welcome return following a difficult few weeks. The calibre of our most recent opposition will be called into question but the performances have largely been impressive and should give Spurs some momentum when they face tougher teams in the weeks ahead.

On Sunday evening, Tottenham welcome Crystal Palace – another side in the bottom half but one that has caused problems for the bigger clubs in recent times. It’s a 7.15pm kick off so let’s see if we can keep that positive run going.

Team News

Another fast turnaround makes it virtually impossible to identify a starting XI with any great certainty. On Thursday night against Fulham, Jose Mourinho picked his most attacking side yet with Dele Alli and Gareth Bale both in behind Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min. In the end, we had to grind out a 1-0 win but it would have been a far more comfortable evening if Kane hadn’t had one of his ‘off nights’.

For Sunday against Palace, Jose will need to decide if he goes with that same attacking formation. The fixtures continue to come thick and fast and, with a Europa League tie and a North London Derby approaching, certain midfielders may be pushed back to the bench. In terms of absentees, it appears that we’re only missing Giovani Lo Celso who has tentatively been pencilled in for Arsenal next weekend.

Match Odds

Spurs are very clear favourites for this game and the best odds on a home win currently stand at 51/100 with Novibet. The draw is next up at a top price of 15/4 with Betway while victory for Crystal Palace can be found at 13/2 with Unibet.

We’ve found that Palace can be tough to break down at times and their defensive qualities were shown as they drew 0-0 with Manchester United in midweek. United were reportedly wasteful at times but that seems like a typical result for the Eagles.

The recent form guide seems to back that theory up with another goalless draw against Fulham last weekend. Prior to that, Palace ground out a 2-1 win over bitter rivals Brighton but those strikes were the Eagles’ only goals in their last five matches.

Scoring goals is the current issue for Roy Hodgson’s men but can we expect that trend to continue on Sunday evening?

Side Markets

The absence of Wilfried Zaha has partly been to blame for Palace’s problems up front. He could be back in contention for Sunday and Zaha is listed at best odds of 9/1 to open the scoring. Injured or otherwise, Zaha carries his team’s shortest price in the first goalscorer market but it’s one where Spurs players dominate.

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Harry Kane

Harry Kane gets us underway at a best of 11/4 with BetFred while the same bookmaker has the top price on Carlos Vinicius at 4/1 and also on Son Heung-Min at 11/2. Gareth Bale is next at best odds of 21/4 with Unibet while other options in a Tottenham shirt include Dele Alli at 10/1 with BetFred, Lucas Moura at 10/1 with BetFred and Erik Lamela at 12/1 – also with BetFred.

Away from the options for individual players, Both Teams to Score can be found for this match at best odds of 21/20 with SportNation and RedZone. We’ve already touched on Crystal Palace’s poor scoring return this season that’s probably why this is one of those rare occasions where BTTS has risen above Even Money. As the obvious alternative, punters can take ‘no’ on Both Teams to Score for odds of 5/6 with Unibet.

Total Goals betting reveals best odds of 5/6 with Betway to go Over the 2.5 line. Recent results suggest that you may want to go under this mark where the odds figures climb above Even Money to a top price of 21/20 with MansionBet. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a higher scoring game, Over 3.5 goals is quoted at a best of 11/5 with BetFred.

We’ll round off as always with some Correct Score suggestions and if you’re confident of the three points, a 3-1 home win may be the one to consider at 23/2 with Novibet. If, however, you’re awaiting the visit of Crystal Palace with some trepidation then you could look at the 1-1 draw which is available at 15/2 with BetFred and GentingBet.

Last Season

While we have argued that Crystal Palace can be tough to break down, Spurs had no such issues in last season’s corresponding fixture. Early in the 2019/20 campaign, Tottenham ran out 4-0 winners at the new White Hart Lane with all the goals coming in the first half.

Son Heung-Min opened our account on ten minutes before a Patrick Van Aanholt own goal doubled the advantage. Sonny made it three before Erik Lamela rounded off the scoring before the break.

I must confess that, despite the scoreline, I’d forgotten this game but it’s worth a watch on YouTube which brought the memories back. The two strikes from Sonny are typically brilliant and the highlights package is strongly reminiscent of our best attacking play under Maurcio Pochettino.

Verdict

crystal palaceOur last two trips to Selhurst Park have delivered 1-1 scorelines and neutrals wouldn’t be surprised to see a similar outcome on Sunday. We are a little more hopeful and, while Thursday’s win over Fulham was difficult viewing at times, it’s been a positive week and one that should build from here.

Fulham are an improving side while Palace are in mid-table limbo with little to play for. Wilfried Zaha can make a difference if he comes in and it could also depend on whether we can score early and force them to come back at us.

We’re certainly hopeful of a win but will sign off with just two tips. An early goal from Son Heung-Min is what we need to see things open up and allow for a higher scoring game than many expect. Both Sonny to score in 90 minutes and Over 3.5 goals carry good odds so let’s aim to add some profits to a winning Sunday night.

Best Bets

  • Over 3.5 Goals at 11/5 with BetFred
  • Son Heung-Min to score at any time in 90 minutes at 8/5 with BetFred

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