Kick-off: 1600, 27/01/2019
Stadium: Selhurst Park
TV: BT Sport
Tottenham’s absentee list has attracted plenty of attention this week, but Crystal Palace are also expected to make changes for Sunday’s FA Cup clash.
The Eagles are far more preoccupied with staying in the Premier League and have an important trip to Southampton coming up on Wednesday.
We feel Spurs have enough strength in depth to come through this test and 29/20 for an away win is our first Crystal Palace vs Tottenham prediction.
A Look At Crystal Palace’s Betting Odds
Palace only just managed to scrape a 1-0 win over Grimsby at Selhurst Park in the last round, despite the League Two outfit going down to 10 men after three minutes.
Substitute Jordan Ayew finally headed in Jeffrey Schlupp’s free-kick in the 86th minute, but it was a lacklustre display from the Eagles.
Roy Hodgson commented afterwards: “The only positive that you get from the game is that you actually win it in the end.
“You spend 90 minutes bashing your head at the wall. We didn’t use enough skill.”
Palace made nine changes that day and were only on target eight times from 33 attempts at goal.
The Eagles have failed to score in their last five encounters with Spurs, who are still strong at the back, so 29/10 for an away win to nil stands out from the Crystal Palace vs Tottenham odds.
A Look At Tottenham Hotspur’s Betting Odds
Mauricio Pochettino’s resources are obviously stretched, with Tottenham coming off an EFL Cup semi-final second leg at Chelsea and also facing Premier League and Champions League action in the coming weeks.
Losing Harry Kane and Dele Alli to injury, plus Son Heung-min to the Asian Cup, puts plenty of pressure on the Spurs squad.
However, Tottenham are at home to Watford, Newcastle and Leicester in their next three top-flight fixtures, so that does help their cause.
Pochettino named a strong team for the third-round trip to Tranmere in this competition and was rewarded with a 7-0 success, so the plan could be to keep playing his remaining big names and rest in between matches.
That tactic has worked for big clubs in the past when tackling a hectic fixture list and Tottenham can always mix things up with some solid fringe players and decent youngsters if needed.
They certainly performed with credit at Stamford Bridge before bowing out of the EFL Cup on spot-kicks.
The last five head-to-head meetings between these sides have ended in 1-0 wins for Spurs, so let’s take 15/2 for that trend to continue in our Crystal Palace vs Tottenham betting tips.
Liverpool 4-3 CRYSTAL PALACE – Andros Townsend, James Tomkins, Max Meyer
Chelsea 2-1 TOTTENHAM (4-2 on pens) – Fernando Llorente
Head-to-head: Palace 0-1 Tottenham, Palace 0-1 Tottenham, Tottenham 1-0 Palace, Palace 0-1 Tottenham, Tottenham 1-0 Palace
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