Tottenham welcome Crystal Palace for a London derby on Saturday afternoon. Spurs will be frustrated with their tally of five points thus far while the visitors are flying high in fourth spot. The hosts have dominated the recent league meetings but Roy Hodgson's side have taken some big scalps in the division of late.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Crystal Palace – Premier League 2019/20
Where to Watch
Venue: The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Kick-Off Time: 15:00 BST
Referee in Charge: Craig Pawson
TV Channel / Live Stream: This game won’t be shown live on UK television. Highlights will be available on Match of the Day from 10:45pm on Saturday evening.
Tottenham vs Crystal Palace – The Form Guide
Tottenham came from behind to beat Aston Villa 3-1 on the opening weekend but that remains their solitary win for the campaign. Draws with Manchester City and Arsenal aren’t bad results in isolation but defeat to Newcastle was a bitter pill to swallow for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
By contrast, Palace have won their last two outings including a memorable 2-1 victory at Old Trafford. Roy Hodgson’s side will hope to spring a similar shock in this one and maintain their lofty standing in the fledgling Premier League table.
Spurs have enjoyed facing off with Palace in recent years. The hosts have won each of the previous eight league meetings.
What is the Team News?
Eric Dier, Tanguy Ndombele and Kyle Walker-Peters have all returned to training. The trio will be assessed regarding their participation according to Pochettino's pre-match press conference.
Giovani Le Celso and Juan Foyth have been ruled out of this game. Davinson Sanchez has an ankle problem but the defender has a chance of being involved according to the Spurs boss.
Martin Kelly is out for Palace. James Tomkins and Scott Dann could be in the match-day squad. The visitors have no fresh injury concerns following the international break.
Tottenham Predicted line-up: Lloris; Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Ndombele, Winks; Lamela, Eriksen, Son; Kane
Crystal Palace Predicted line-up: Guaita; Ward, Sakho, Cahill, van Aanholt; McArthur, Milivojevic, Kouyate; Zaha, Ayew, Schlupp
Tottenham are red-hot favourites at 7/20 (1.35) with William Hill to win this one. The draw is available at 4/1 (5.0) while the same firm are 8/1 (9.0) on Palace leaving north London with three points.
It’s been eight head-to-head meetings between this pair since both teams scored. William Hill are 17/20 (1.85) on goals at both ends this time around and the same price that at least one side draws a blank.
While Tottenham are firm favourites it could be a frustrating afternoon for Pochettino’s side. A 1-1 draw is the most appealing correct score wager at 8/1 (9.0).
The stats suggest that the majority of goals will come late in this game. Spurs scored three times in the final 20 minutes against Aston Villa. Last season Tottenham’s home games contained 50 goals, with 32 of them coming after half-time. That’s 64% in the second half.
Palace will look to execute a similar strategy that won them the game at Old Trafford, keeping the game tight in the early stages. Last season Palace’s away league matches contained 19 goals before the break and a staggering 43 after the interval. That’s almost 70% of their Premier League goals. Backing the second half to be the highest scoring at Evens (2.0) looks a very solid selection.
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