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3pm – 20.08.16 – White Hart Lane
Spurs v Palace
Spurs were lacklustre in their opening 45 minutes before they no doubt got a rocket at half-time from Mauricio Pochettino which saw a much better second-half display to earn a point at Goodison. There was renewed hope at Crystal Palace after some canny transfer activity but it was a deflating performance to lose 1-0 at home to West Brom, meaning 2016 continues to be a rotten year for the club, winning just two league games thus far.
Pardew’s men are tasked with turning around their fortunes at White Hart Lane, a ground where last season bottom-half sides were defeated in seven of their 10 visits, conceding an average of almost two goals a game. Additionally, the Eagles will have to attempt this without their most potent attacker; Yannick Bolasie sealed a £25m move to Everton on Monday and the Congolese winger was a firm fan favourite so only the signing of a recognised goal scorer will see the Selhurst Park faithful satisfied.
Spurs’ poor start to last season (W0-D3-L1 in the first four games) was telling in the title race as they were always playing catch-up with Leicester. Poch will want to avoid a repeat of this again especially with the likes of Man City, Man Utd and Chelsea strengthening it’s essential they don’t lose any more ground. We expect Spurs to come out firing and against a Palace side with no recognised goal scorer we fancy them to win without conceding.
Best Bet: Spurs to Win to Nil at 2.25
There have been Under 2.5 goals in the last five Tottenham home league matches against Crystal Palace. Under Total Goals 2.5 Bet 1.95
Both teams have scored in none of Crystal Palace’s last three away league matches against Tottenham. No Both Teams To Score Bet 1.73