Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019


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Punter's Pick

The draw or a Crystal Palace win at 7/4 with Bet365 represents an interesting pick, with the away team more than capable or spoiling the likely party atmosphere inside the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Alternatively hedge your bets on a draw with a +2 handicap for the Eagles, available at 10/3, again with Bet365.

Tottenham’s long wait for a return to their home finally comes to an end on Wednesday, as they host London rivals Crystal Palace at the newly opened Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Can new stadium kick start faltering league campaign?

The excitement and focus around the new stadium has rightly or wrongly been taking up column inches in recent weeks, but it may have deflected attention away from a league campaign that has almost ground to a halt for the home side. With just one point from their last five league games (courtesy of a last minute Hugo Lloris penalty save against Arsenal) Spurs have seen their title challenge go up in smoke, and now have had to quickly re-adjust their goal to finish in the top four.

With five of their last seven league games to come at their new stadium, the team will quickly have to get used to new surroundings and avoid a nervous start at home if they are to get their top four challenge back on track.

Palace have capacity to spoil the party

Crystal Palace would not have probably featured highly on the list of opponents Tottenham would have liked to have faced in their first game at their new stadium, with a London Derby cranking up the pressure further still. Sitting comfortably eight points outside the relegation zone, the away side certainly have the capacity to cause an upset and could be motivated to pile further misery on their London rivals.

Tottenham’s creaking defence will certainly get a stern examination from the away side, with Kieran Trippier in particularly likely to face a tough evening against livewire Wilfried Zaha. The England World Cup star has struggled to live up to his high standards this season, and endured a tough afternoon against Liverpool on Sunday as the speedy Liverpool full back Andy Robertson gave him plenty of food for thought.

Team News

Harry Winks could be available for selection having missed the last month with a groin injury. The injury plagued England midfielder’s return would be a welcome boost to the central midfield area, with Eric Dier still absent and Dele Alli having to play a deeper role against Liverpool with little or no other options available.

Crystal Palace have a fully fit squad to choose from barring the long term absence of Mamadou Sakho. The influential French defender is unlikely to feature again this season as he continues to recover from a knee injury and subsequent surgery.

Tottenham should get over the line

After showing glimpses of their best form in the second half against Liverpool at the weekend, Tottenham will be hoping to take that sort of form into the clash with Palace and overwhelm the visitors. It remains to be seen if the first game at the new stadium proves to be a help or hindrance, and Palace will be ready to pounce if their is any indecisiveness in the home team.

Punter's Pick

The draw or a Crystal Palace win at 7/4 with Bet365 represents an interesting pick, with the away team more than capable or spoiling the likely party atmosphere inside the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Alternatively hedge your bets on a draw with a +2 handicap for the Eagles, available at 10/3, again with Bet365.

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