Monday, October 21, 2019

Prediction: Tottenham vs Crystal Palace

Verdict: Tottenham win and Harry Kane to score anytime 

Best Odds: 20/21

Bookmaker: Bet365

Spurs host Crystal Palace on Wednesday night in what will be their first matchup at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Tottenham

Starting with the hosts, after finally getting to move into their new home, Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping for an immediate responce following their late heartbreak on Sunday. With Hugo Lloris’ late howler handing Liverpool a 2-1 win at Anfield, Tottenham now remain at the heart of a battle to secure a top four finish. With bitter rivals Arsenal leapfrogging them for the first time in 2019, only Spurs’ goal difference currently keeps them in the Champions League positions. Although the Lilywhites do have a European quarter-final to look forward to next week, their form in the Premier League will be a huge concern for fans in North London. Tottenham have failed to win any of their last five top-flight appearances and have secured just one point out of a possible 15. While Spurs have also failed to record a single clean sheet since the 2nd of February, Pochettino will be looking for the inform Harry Kane to continue his bright run of form. Already bagging 17 Premier League goals this season, the England skipper also has five in his last six across all competitions.

Team News

Tottenham’s Harry Winks is available for selection, having been out for almost a month with a groin injury.

However, fellow central midfielder Eric Dier will again be absent due to a hip complaint.

Crystal Palace

As for the visitors, picking up a 2-0 win and relegating Huddersfield to the Championship over the weekend, Crystal Palace have all but confirmed another campaign in the Premier League. Currently sat nine points adrift of the top half, Roy Hodgson will be looking for his side to end their campaign on a high and continue what is becoming a very eye-catching record away from Selhurst Park. Picking up back to back victories away at Burnley and Leicester, the Eagles scored seven goals in those two victories and have lost just one victory on the road in 2019. While Tottenham have one talisman in red-hot form, Palace have their own star enjoying a purple patch. Forward Wilfried Zaha has scored in each of his last three away appearances in the league (four goals in total). No Palace has player has ever scored in four consecutive Premier League away appearances.

Team News

Manager Mauricio Pochettino is also without Serge Aurier and Eric Lamela for the club’s first competitive game at their new stadium.

Mamadou Sakho, who is recovering from knee surgery, is the only absentee for Crystal Palace.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Spurs will become the first club to play a Premier League home match at two different stadiums within a single season.
  • Tottenham were unbeaten in their final 19 league games at the old White Hart Lane (W17, D2), winning their last 14 matches there.
  • They have claimed just one point from the last 15 available.
  • Crystal Palace are hoping to record three consecutive away wins in the top flight for the first time since May to August 2015.
  • The Eagles have won six Premier League away games this term, a tally bettered only by five sides: the two Manchester clubs, Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea.

Conclusion

While the last five encounters have ended with a score of 1-0, we’re backing a far more lively encounter in a match that should produce an electric atmosphere. Looking to put in an impressive display in their new home, coupled with having an inform Harry Kane leading their line, we’re backing Spurs to come away with the victory on Wednesday and enjoy a fruitful night in front of goal.

Verdict: Tottenham win and Harry Kane to score anytime 

Best Odds: 20/21

Bookmaker: Bet365

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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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