Crystal Palace vs Tottenham – Match Preview
A look at Crystal Palace’s performance as of late, would suggest worrying times at Selhurst Park and after seven straight Premier League defeats, manager Roy Hodgson will be glad his side are not in a relegation battle.
Admittedly the fact that they are not fighting for survival, is something that ties into their poor run of form and although the Eagles will still be soaring in the top division next season, they may decide to change the man in charge.
With such a quick turnover between this campaign and the following one, there is little to suggest that Hodgson can find anything different in September and it may need a fresh set of eyes to look at the squad.
That’s a decision that will have to be made in short time and if Palace suffer an eighth straight defeat on Sunday, it could mean that chairman Steve Parish’s potentially tough call, suddenly becomes a lot easier.
If they lose an eighth league game on the spin, it would mean Tottenham have picked up another maximum points haul and if that proves to be the case, the North London outfit may just squeeze themselves into next season’s Europa League.
For Tottenham to be playing Thursday night football on the continent next season, they need to make sure they get a better result than that of Wolves and if the West Midlands outfit lose to Chelsea, a draw for Spurs would be sufficient for sixth place.
However, Tottenham will not want to come here for a draw and nor should they, especially when you consider the recent form that they have been in – a run that has seen them go five games unbeaten and pick up 13 points from the last 15 on offer.
Tottenham have by and large been favourites for each of the eight previous league games that they have played in, with the only exceptions being at home to both Manchester United and Arsenal, a pair of matches that they draw and won respectively.
Therefore, they are suddenly proving to be one of the banker teams to bet on as of late and with their recent run of historical results against Crystal Palace, it only serves to reinforce the point even future.
In the nine last league meetings between the two sides, Tottenham have won all of them and although Palace may have restored some pride with two F.A. Cup competition wins, they pail into comparison when measured against this awful run.
Therefore, Tottenham will be looking to make it a perfect ten on Sunday and put more misery on the shoulders of Crystal Palace, who go into the game priced as the moneyline outsiders at a price of +524.
Those eye-watering odds to win, highlight just how little bookmaker confidence there is in the Eagles this weekend and with Tottenham being priced at -178, this will represent one of the simpler Premier League bets, on what can usually be a minefield of a day in terms of punting.