Crystal Palace vs Tottenham - Spurs set for comfortable win in London derby

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Tottenham set to pick up win at out of form Crystal Palace (Getty Images)

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Match Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


Crystal Palace are on a run of six Premier League matches without a win when they host Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park. The home team have been poor this season and are likely to suffer defeat at the hands of the in form visitors.

Crystal Palace FC


The Eagles were beaten in their previous Premier League fixture as they suffered a 3-1 defeat away at Chelsea last Sunday. Andros Townsend's strike on 53 minutes proved to be a mere consolation as they were outclassed by the Blues. 

Roy Hodgson's team are having a poor campaign as they are currently 14th on the table with eight points having claimed just two wins in 11 matches so far. They will head into Saturday’s fixture winless in their last six league outings with four defeats in that run.

Palace are still heavily dependent on Wilfried Zaha, who has scored just three goals in 10 league appearances for the club this season. The 25-year-old is expected to continue in attack on Saturday alongside Townsend.

Tottenham Hotspur FC


Spurs travel to Selhurst Park in confident mood after securing their first Champions League win of the season in midweek. Harry Kane struck a brace as Mauricio Pochettino's men claimed a 2-1 victory at home against Dutch outfit PSV Eindhoven.

Kane was also on target last weekend as Tottenham secured a 3-2 win away at Wolverhampton Wanderers in their previous Premier League outing. The visitors have won five of their last six matches and are currently fourth on the table with 24 points, three behind Liverpool.

After some struggles at the start of the season, Kane appears to be returning to his best having scored four goals in his last five matches in all competitions. The striker should continue to lead the line with in the duo of Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura providing support.

Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura could start against Crystal Palace after impressing in the last few matches (Getty Images)

Head-to-Head 


Tottenham Hotspur are the dominant team in this fixture having claimed 20 wins and suffered just seven defeats in 37 previous matches against Crystal Palace. The North London club have also emerged victorious in five of the last six meetings and did the double over Palace last season.

Pochettino's men claimed a 1-0 victory on their last visit to Selhurst Park with Kane getting the only goal.

Match-Up 


Zaha appears to be the biggest threat for Palace as his pace and trickery causes problems for opposing defenders. However, the striker has not scored since September and is likely to find things difficult against Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez.

Tottenham's front three of Kane, Lamela and Moura appear to be developing an understanding in attack having scored a combined 14 goals already this season. All three men will prove difficult to handle.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane has scored four goals in his last five matches (Getty Images)

Key Statistics


  • Crystal Palace have lost 4 of their last 5 matches (Premier League).
  • Crystal Palace have lost 5 of their last 6 matches against Tottenham Hotspur (All Competitions). 
  • Crystal Palace have failed to score in 4 of their last 5 home matches (Premier League).
  • Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur have seen Under 2.5 goals in 5 of their last 6 meetings (All Competitions).
  • Tottenham have won 5 of their last 6 matches (Premier League).
  • Tottenham have kept clean sheets in 5 of their last 7 matches against Crystal Palace (All Competitions). 

Verdict


Tottenham Hotspur have a great record against Crystal Palace which is likely to continue on Saturday. The visitors are expected to win this one and should also keep a clean sheet in the process.

Best Bet: Tottenham Win to Nil @ 3.40 – 3 Units
First Goalscorer Bet: Harry Kane @ 3.75 – 1 Unit
Correct Score Tip: Tottenham Win 2-0 @ 10.00 – 1 Unit
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Eric Smith 08 November 2018

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