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Tottenham Hotspur vs Crystal Palace Betting Tips & Predictions

Published on 3:00pm GMT 21 February 2016

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      Tottenham Hotspur vs Crystal Palace Predictions

      Who would have thought Tottenham Hotspur’s season would go quite as well as this. Their 1-1 draw away to Fiorentina provided them a good building block in the Europa League on Thursday, and it took their unbeaten streak in all competitions to eight matches. All of the other seven of these games have been wins for Spurs, who find themselves up in 2nd place in the Premier League table with a genuine chance of lifting the trophy for the first time in their history. Add to this their continued involvement in the FA Cup and Europa League and it could be a landmark season for the perennial disappointments.

      Crystal Palace started the season very well, but the lack of any real goalscoring threat was always going to catch up to them. It has done just that, and they come into this match having lost five of their last seven games in all competitions, a run which has helped them down to 13th in the Premier League table. The visitors have only scored five goals during this run of games, although new signing Emmanuel Adebayor did manage to grab a goal against Watford at the weekend.

      Reasons for Betting Tips

      With a midweek game against Fiorentina just played and another one looming next Thursday, along with their Premier League title challenge, you could forgive Tottenham Hotspur for not going for the jugular in this match. They haven’t been the sort of team to thrash the opposition by four or five goals anyway, and this difficult run of fixtures will probably see Mauricio Pocchettino focus on shutting down Crystal Palace’s limited attacking threat and grabbing a goal or two to win the match with no fuss.

      Spurs have scored under two goals per game on average this season, but their high pressing style has resulted in them keeping a tight ship at the back. They have kept a clean sheet in almost half of their games and have averaged well under a goal per game conceded. Crystal Palace have failed to score in almost half of their away games, but have themselves managed to keep a relatively good defensive record.

      These statistics, coupled with Spurs’ congested fixture list, make a low scoring game likely in my opinion. I still think they’ll win though, probably by maintaining a lot of possession and nullifying Crystal Palace’s limited attacking threats by closing them down quickly. This makes an efficient 2-0 win look good value at 6/1 to me.

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      Tottenham Hotspur: DWWWWWWW

      Crystal Palace: LDLWLLLW

      Head to Head

      Tottenham Hotspur have done the Premier League double over Crystal Palace this season, with the most recent match ending 3-1 to Spurs back in the middle of January. These two wins make it four wins, one draw, and one defeat for the home side in their last six matches against Crystal Palace.


      Only 42% of Crystal Palace’s away games this season have ended with Over 2.5 goals scored, and the visitors have failed to score in 42% of their away matches as well.

      Team News

      Tottenham Hotspur – Hugo Lloris should have recovered from his shoulder injury in time to play for Spurs on Sunday. Tom Carroll will have to wait another week or so, whilst Jan Vertonghen and Clinton N’Jie are still a while off a return.

      Crystal Palace – Key Palace players Yannick Bolasie, Joe Ledley, and Dwight Gayle could return to action on Sunday, but James McArthur, Jason Puncheon, and Kwesi Appiah all remain sidelined.

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