England Premier League
Saturday 11th September 2021
Kick off at 12:30pm BST
Venue: Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira must be thinking how many more London clubs will my team play against in such a short time? Palace have already played West Ham and Chelsea and Brentford isn’t even a long trip. Now they face the best London side currently in the Premier League in league leaders Tottenham.
Palace will not be the favourites but being at home and also forcing a 2-2 draw in their last game against a good side in West Ham, the Eagles might come into this one with some belief that they can at least get a point.
You get the feeling that Vieira is still finding his way round the club and that is to be expected, but he will want the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke to start showing their quality in front of goal.
No one would have given Tottenham much of a chance of a bright start after their summer. This included interviewing what felt like every European manager in the game before settling on Nuno Espirito Santo. Santo was evidently not first choice and the Harry Kane transfer saga rolled on. But Santo has taken on the challenge and Kane has stayed, and Tottenham not only have a 100% record going into their fourth game of the season but they are also yet to concede a goal. The Londoners have beaten Watford and Wolves recently and have faced a real test in beating champions Manchester City on the opening weekend of the season, so they should be raring to go here.
Crystal Palace: Michael Olise could be assessed with an ongoing back problem. Nathan Ferguson isn’t expected back until the end of November.
Tottenham: Davinson Sanchez, Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero are in quarantine and unavailable. Heung Min-Son has a slight calf injury and will be assessed.
Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Head to Head:
Last March Tottenham thundered to a 4-1 win over Crystal Palace.
This fixture finished 1-1 last season.
There is an 80% chance to see under 2.5 goals.
Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Prediction:
Tottenham are the favourites but Crystal Palace showed some strength in fighting back against West Ham and manager Vieira will hope that is some sort of switch to build a team who are at least hard to beat at home.
Tottenham haven’t always had it their way at Selhurst Park and indeed have not won their in 3 years. These games are usually very close and Tottenham should expect a hard physical match. Much will fall on the shoulders of Harry Kane because Son might not be fit to play this one.
The feeling will be on an away victory but the slightly better move might be to back the double chance on the home side. Tottenham have played some good football already this season but there has only been a goal in it, and they will need to score a couple here to confirm victory, and that might be hard against a Palace team who might set up with five at the back.
Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Betting Tips:
Double Chance: Crystal Palace win or draw at 1.91
Anytime goalscorer: Wilfried Zaha at 3.75
Anytime goalscorer: Harry Kane at 2.00