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

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Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur

FA Cup: Sun, 27/01  Stadium: Selhurst Park

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Palace to win on the day at 7/4 with Bet365 appeals, with the same firm also offering both teams to score at 10/11. Labrokes have Palace to win and 2.5 goals and over at 15/4, which although would represent a change from recent history, reflects what should be an open encounter. Christian Eriksen is 16/5 to score anytime with the same firm, with set piece specialist Luka Milivojevic 5/2 also to score anytime, also with Ladbrokes.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

One of the standout fourth round ties sees a fiery London derby on the cards, as Tottenham Hotspur travel across the capital to what is likely to to be a red hot atmosphere at Selhurst Park.



Key period for Tottenham off to a bad start

After a dramatic penalty shootout defeat in midweek against bitter rivals Chelsea, a key period of fixtures for Spurs has got off to the worst possible start. With silverware in the Carabao Cup now not an option, attention turns to the FA Cup and another testing trip to another local rival. The Palace fixture is one of seven games in just 33 days to the end of February, across FA Cup, Premier League and the first leg of the Champions League. By the end of it, the Lilywhites could still be fighting for silverware on three fronts, or if things take a turn for the worse they could be staring down barrel of another trophyless season.

 

Omens good for Tottenham

A Juan Foyth strike was good enough to give Spurs a 1-0 win away at Selhurst Park back in November against a Palace side low on confidence and sitting just outside the relegation zone back then. The last six games between these two teams have all in fact ended 1-0, with Spurs edging the head to head quite comfortably 5 – 1. Whether Palace have the confidence and belief to reverse recent history will be the key, with their opponents definitely there for the taking after a gruelling few weeks culminating in an energy and morale sapping Carabao Cup semi-final defeat on Thursday.

 

Tottenham injury problems mounting, Palace goalkeeper worries

With Ben Davies ruled out after a groin injury picked up against Chelsea, Danny Rose is likely to make the left back position his own for several weeks to come. Other high profile names that will be absent include talisman Harry Kane, Delli Alli and Son-Heung-Min, although with South Korea eliminated surprisingly from the Asia Cup, the talented Korean will be available again sooner than previously thought.

 

For the Eagles, the goalkeeping position remains an area for concern in what is otherwise a relatively fully fit squad to choose from for manager Roy Hodgson. New signing Lucas Perri goes straight into the squad, but it remains to be seen if Hodgson will throw the 21 year old goalkeeper straight into the cauldron of a high profile London derby. His alternative, Julian Speroni, unfortunately did not cover himself in glory in the 4-3 loss against Liverpool last week, looking every inch a 39 year old goalkeeper who hadn’t started a game for going on for two years.

 

Palace could spring a surprise

Given the relatively state of the two squads, with Palace also having a full week to prepare for this fixture, Spurs will definitely be up against it. Their battle weary squad is down the almost its bare bones, and it will be asking a lot for them to come away with another impressive away win to add to their collection this season. Manager Mauricio Pochettino will be desperate to avoid a replay if all possible, so expect a relatively open game, a contrast from the previous run of 1-0 results these two teams have clocked up.

 

Punter’s picks

 

Palace to win on the day at 7/4 with Bet365 appeals, with the same firm also offering both teams to score at 10/11. Labrokes have Palace to win and 2.5 goals and over at 15/4, which although would represent a change from recent history, reflects what should be an open encounter. Christian Eriksen is 16/5 to score anytime with the same firm, with set piece specialist Luka Milivojevic 5/2 also to score anytime, also with Ladbrokes.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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