Alan Pardew’s first Premier League match in charge of Crystal Palace represents his sixth clash of managerial minds with Mauricio Pochettino.
Luckily for the former Newcastle, Southampton, West Ham and Reading boss their latest tactical tussle will take place at the Eagles’ Selhurst Park stronghold.
Strictly speaking the former Palace midfielder is even stevens with his dugout rival, having won twice and drawn once in their five previous meetings.
However, he’s yet to taste defeat at the hands of Pochettino’s minions in front of his own partisans, drawing against Southampton last term and beating them the season before.
It’s a stark contrast to how Newcastle faired against his opposite number’s Saints on the south coast in 2013/14 and Tottenham more recently.
Two 4-0 thrashings in three away games against the Argentine might have the Palace faithful fearing the worst were this match to have been played at White Hart Lane rather than Selhurst.
As a result the Eagles, who retain a 100 per cent record under Pardew after a solitary outing, look a decent double chance bet at 67/100 to avoid defeat against the Lilywhites.
The visitors are 6/5 to claim all three points, while a Palace win and the deadlock can be backed identical fractions of 12/5.
Pochettino’s men have the look of an in-form side punters wouldn’t want to trifle with, having won five of their last seven in all competitions.
Yet only their Capital One Cup victory over Pardew’s understrength and disinterested Magpies during that run can be regarded as a truly dominant success.
Their luck was ridden to the limit against Swansea, Leicester and Burnley (both home and away), which should be enough to bolster the confidence of hosts for whom anything may once again seem possible.
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