Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur Preview, Betting Tips and Odds.

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur Preview, Betting Tips and Odds.

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur predictions for Sunday’s Premier League tussle at Selhurst Park.

Palace limp over the line
After a miserable run of seven straight defeats, Crystal Palace will be relieved to see the finish line in sight, though the Eagles have one more opportunity to end their lengthy losing streak on the 2019/20 season’s final day against Tottenham.

Palace’s end of campaign capitulation is sure to have left a sour taste in Roy Hodgson’s mouth, who has seen much of his team’s good work this season undone at the end by two-months of abject performances.

The Eagles’ chances of reversing their fortunes on Sunday look slim, however. The absence of key defensive duo James Tomkins and Gary Cahill has been hard felt in recent weeks, and this weekend, that pair are joined on the sidelines by fellow centre-half Mamadou Sakho and first-choice left-back Patrick van Aanholt.

14th placed Palace, who shipped two or more goals in six of the aforementioned seven defeats, will line up with a severely weakened rearguard on Sunday, and we expect Spurs to profit.

Tottenham’s positive finish
In stark contrast to their hosts, Tottenham don’t want the 2019/20 season to end, having hit a rich vein of form in recent weeks.

Spurs were at their counter-punching, clinical best on their way to securing victories in four of their last five, with statement wins over North London rivals Arsenal and Champions League-chasing Leicester adding to the feel-good factor around the club.

Talismanic figure head Harry Kane, fresh from four goals in two starts, looks menacingly back to best, and Tottenham can still finish as high as 6th spot if results go their way between now and Sunday evening.

Goals markets worth pursuing
With Crystal Palace’s defensive injury problems piling up and Tottenham’s touch in the final third rediscovered, we anticipate goal scoring chances being plentiful on Sunday.

Spurs plundered eight goals in their last three Premier League assignments, in fixtures where over 2.5 goals were registered on each occasion, and the same total goals markets are worth dipping your toes into for Sunday’s match.

While Tottenham’s attacking output has been increasing thanks to the return to form of Harry Kane, their record of keeping just four clean sheets in their last 12 Premier League fixtures points to a weakness at the other end that Palace could exploit.

It’s interesting to note, that Spurs were peppered with 46 attempts on their goal in their last two games against Leicester and Newcastle, despite conceding just once and winning both times – and those alarmingly high figures suggest Palace should have chances to score this weekend.

A consolation effort should be on offer for the Eagles then, but with their personnel problems in defence compounding confidence issues from their long losing streak, we expect Spurs to eventually outscore them with comfort.

A combination of those factors makes the over 2.5 goals market a viable way to go for Sunday’s climactic game at Selhurst Park, while our correct score prediction points towards a 3-1 Tottenham win.

The Eagles shipped 2.42 goals per 90 minutes over their last seven matches, but with their treatment room packed with defenders, they should concede more against a revitalised Spurs frontline that notched three times in each of their last two run outs.

Key Battle: Scott Dann vs Harry Kane
With many of his defensive teammates out injured, Scott Dann is one of the few recognised central defensive options available to Roy Hodgson this weekend.

The 33-year-old faces the unenviable task of holding a makeshift rearguard together against a Tottenham attack finding its flow on Sunday, and in Harry Kane, Dann will meet a striker inching towards the peak of his powers.

Kane, who hit the net twice in each of his last two starts for Spurs, will be rubbing his hands at the prospect of facing a Palace defence ravaged by injury, and the England international could finish his campaign with a flurry of goals.

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur team news
Roy Hodgson has a major injury crisis in defence with Patrick vs Aanholt, James Tomkins, Mamadou Sakho and Gary Cahill unavailable, while Christian Benteke is still suspended and won’t feature further up the pitch.

Holding midfielder Luka Milivojevic is also a doubt, leaving options thin on the ground for the Eagles on the last day.

Crystal Palace predicted line-up: Guaita – Ward, Kouyate, Dann, Mitchell – McCarthy, McArthur, Townsend, Schlupp – Zaha, Ayew

Tanguy Ndombele is Tottenham’s only confirmed absentee, though Dele Alli is touch and go for Sunday following a spell on the sidelines.

Eric Dier is available again following his supension, though the England international might have to settle for a place on the bench.

Tottenham predicted line-up: Lloris – Aurier, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Davies – Winks, Sissoko, Lo Celso – Moura, Heung-Min, Kane
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