Crystal Palace v Tottenham betting tips: Can Spurs continue Selhurst joy?
Richard Marsh | 10 November 2018
Preview and odds for Premier League tie
Saturday night’s Premier League action comes from south of the Thames as Crystal Palace host Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park.
With Newcastle United and Huddersfield Town winning last week, Palace are now just three points from the foot of the table.
Can they get anything from a Spurs side buoyed by a last-gasp comeback against PSV Eindhoven in midweek? The BT Sports cameras are in place for tonight’s clash, which gets underway at 5.30.
The all-time record gives Spurs 24 wins to Palace’s nine, and that trend hasn’t changed in recent years.
Spurs have won each of their last three visits to Selhurst Park, and four of the last five since the Eagles returned to the Premier League in 2013.
Only Manchester City and Barcelona have beaten Mauricio Pochettino’s men in their last 11 games, while Roy Hodgson’s Palace are on a six-game winless run.
And with eight wins, Pochettino has won more games against Palace than any other Premier League side.
Hodgson still has problems up front, with Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham set to again miss out through injury.
That means he’ll have to either go with Wilfried Zaha up front, when the Ivory Coast ace is more effective on the wing, or give target man Alexander Sorloth a rare start.
For Spurs, Moussa Dembele is unlikely to play again before 2019. Pochettino may utilise Christian Eriksen in a deeper role to fill the void.
Harry Kane will lead the line, with Lucas Moura, Erik Lamela, Son-Heung Min and Dele Alli battling for supporting roles. Hugo Lloris could return in goal, while Kieran Trippier is set to oust Serge Aurier at right back.
Of the last four meetings, Spurs have claimed at least 65% possession on three occasions. It’s likely that the visitors will again dominate the ball, leaving Palace to focus on the counter.
The Eagles used that strategy to excellent effect versus Arsenal. Zaha and Andros Townsend will keep Tottenham’s defence on their toes.
But it’ll be for nought if the hosts can’t keep tabs on the movement of Moura, Son, Lamela and Alli. Kane’s hustling style will keep them on the back foot too.
Having won eight of their 11 league games so far, Spurs are odds-on favourites at 4/5.
The goalscorer market is dominated by Spurs, with four Tottenham players shorter in the betting than Zaha.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing