Monday, September 28, 2020

Prediction: Crystal Palace vs Tottenham

Verdict: Tottenham to score over 1.5 goals

Best Odds: 7/10

Bookmaker: Unibet

Ending the campaign with a London derby on Sunday afternoon, a resurging Spurs will be hoping to secure a top-six finish when they travel to an empty Selhurst Park this weekend.

Crystal Palace

Starting with the hosts, putting in another hapless display away at Molineux in midweek, Crystal Palace have ended this year’s Premier League campaign in woeful fashion. Bearly laying a glove on Wolves earlier in the week, the South London outfit now find themselves in the midst of an extremely worrying seven-match losing run, their worst run of form in recent memory. In fact, the Eagles have earned just three points since the top-flight resumed last month, only an already relegated Norwich hold a worse return. With Head Coach Roy Hodgson losing seven domestic contests on the bounce for the first time over his managerial career in England, Palace have a growing reputation for their issues in the final third. With their woeful run highlighted by a dreadful 2-0 defeat away at relegation scrappers Aston Villa earlier in the month, Sunday’s hosts have failed to record a single goal in their last three consecutive appearances. Even more worrying, Palace have now drawn a blank in six of their last seven defeats and they hold the second-worst attacking record in the Premier League.

Team News

Crystal Palace captain Luka Milivojevic might be fit to return from a knee injury that ruled him out at Wolves.

Mamadou Sakho is definitely out, along with James Tomkins, Patrick van Aanholt, Gary Cahill and the suspended Christian Benteke.


As for the visitors, while the mood around Selhurst Park might be at a season-low, Tottenham have enjoyed a real resurge at the back end of the campaign. Putting in what was a rampant display in North London over the weekend and picking up a thumping 3-0 win against Champions League chasers Leicester, Spurs have managed to reignite their top-six ambitions. Sat just a single point adrift of breaking into the European spots, Jose Mourinho’s men have won their last three Premier League matchups on the bounce and have really bounced back from their defeat at Bramall Lane earlier in the month. Still boosted by their stunning comeback against bitter rivals Arsenal on home soil, the former Manchester United boss has seen his squad collect 13 points over their last five top-flight appearances. Really starting to shine in the final third, fans around North London will be hugely excited by Harry Kane’s most recent purple patch. Bagging a brace against the Foxes last time out, he has recorded four goals in back-to-back contests.

Team News

Jose Mourinho will be glad to hear that Dele Alli is available, having returned to training this week following a four-game absence with a hamstring issue.

Tanguy Ndombele is again ruled out because of injury, throwing more questions over his future in North London.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Including a 4-0 win in North London earlier in the season, Tottenham have won seven of their last eight meetings against Crystal Palace.
  • Harry Kane has scored four Premier League goals in back-to-back appearances.
  • Spurs have collected 13 points over their last five Premier League contests.
  • Crystal Palace have lost their last seven matchups on the bounce.
  • Sunday’s hosts have also drawn a blank in six of their last seven defeats.


Enjoying a real purple patch at the back end of the campaign and reigniting their top-six ambitions, Tottenham should be smelling a real opportunity this weekend. Along with now landing 13 points on their five-match Premier League unbeaten run, Harry Kane and co have really started to shine in the final third and will be boosted by a stunning record against their London rivals. Landing a 4-0 romp when the two sides faced off earlier in the season, Spurs have won seven of their last eight meetings against a struggling Palace outfit. In the midst of a seven-match losing run, the Eagles could be in for another tough test on their Premier League finale.

Verdict: Tottenham to score over 1.5 goals

Best Odds: 7/10

Bookmaker: Unibet


Tom Dunstan

Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan



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