Crystal Palace against Tottenham Hotspur is a warm up for the Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea and the League Cup final. At Tottenham Hotspur they will like to increase the pressure on Manchester United and Chelsea, but then they have to win at Selhurst Park.
With Roy Hodgson in charge, Crystal Palace is doing well in the Premier League. The Eagles are above the relegation streak and not many people expected that when Frank de Boer was the manager of Palace, but with Hodgson the results have become much better. Yet Crystal Palace has only one point ahead of the relegation streak and The Eagles are not there yet. The Hodgson squad had a gap with the relegation zone during the Christmas period, but the results have been a little less in recent weeks and so the competition is getting closer and closer. Palace has not won more than a month in the Premier League and with only two points from the last four league matches the shape of The Eagles is not too good.
Crystal Palace last played a game two weeks ago. The Eagles visited Everton and the Hodgson team lost 3-1 at Goodison Park. Luka Milivojević was able to score a goal from 11 meters on behalf of Crystal Palace on Goodison Park, but the Serbian only used the penalty in the 83rd minute when Everton already trailed 3-0 and the game was already played. For Crystal Palace it was already the fourth away game in a row that was lost and The Eagles have proven this season that every club has a hard time at Selhurst Park, but Crystal Palace itself usually does not play too well outside of its own stadium.
With only one win in the last six games, the chances are not that Palace will be able to book a result against this Tottenham Hotspur. Moreover, Hodgson has also been dealing with a laundry list of injuries during the last weeks and you also notice that this has an effect on the results of a club like Crystal Palace. Hodgson, for example, has to return Sunday afternoon without taste maker Wilfried Zaha and there are still a few absenteeists at Crystal Palace.
Tottenham Hotspur has to win this weekend at Crystal Palace. Despite the fact that earlier this season, Palace won points against Chelsea (2-1) and Manchester City (0-0) at Selhurst Park, The Spurs can not afford a point loss in this London derby. The team of Mauricio Pochettino wants to be active next season in the Champions League and the current fifth place does not give a right. The Spurs have only one point behind Chelsea and since The Blues play against Manchester United later in the day, the team of Pochettino can already boost the pressure on the current Dutch champion. Then there must be won from Crystal Palace and at Tottenham Hotspur they find it difficult to win in the last few weeks.
The Spurs already wait two games for a victory. The 2-2 draw on Juventus last week’s visit in the Champions League was not a bad result of The Spurs and Tottenham also played well in Italy, but a few days later there was a completely different Tottenham on the field against Rochdale. Pochettino chose to start with eleven other names in the FA Cup against Rochdale and The Spurs came no further than a 2-2 draw to visit the club from League One. Despite Tottenham not having the best team started last week against Rochdale, that may not be an excuse for The Spurs to play 2-2 equal against a team from the League One, as Tottenham has to play a replay next Wednesday and there Pochettino and his team are in all likelihood not to wait.
The advantage for Pochettino is that he is no longer bothered by injuries. All in all, The Spurs, who have been unbeaten for fourteen games, will normally have to win at Crystal Palace. However, the formation of Pochettino has been very difficult in away games in recent months; Tottenham only won three of the last fourteen away games and the last five away matches of Tottenham ended in a draw.
Insider TIP: Tottenham to win – 1.49