Tottenham v Crystal Palace Betting Tips
Super Sunday kicks off with a London derby at Wembley Stadium as Tottenham host Crystal Palace.
Palace have slowly begun to turn the tide after their horrible start to the season. Roy Hodgson has been working hard to instil a sense of organisation and tactical nous to the Eagles and results have started to pick up as performances have improved.
Whereas Crystal Palace are concerned with the bottom of the Premier League table, Tottenham still have ambitions to finish at the very top of the pile. That is difficult enough given the level of competition they have but it’s harder still as they have to juggle their league campaign with their exploits in Europe.
Sunday’s game comes hot on the heels of Spurs’ match with Real Madrid at Wembley so Mauricio Pochettino must utilise the depth of talent in his squad and/or ask some of his stars to dig deep into their reserves of stamina.
Hodgson Returns to Wembley with a Clear Game Plan
The last time Roy Hodgson was in the dugout at Wembley Stadium he was the England manager. We all know how badly that ended for the veteran manager but the experiences of Euro 2016 were not enough to change the managerial habits of a lifetime.
Hodgson remains a manager who prioritises organisation, defensive solidity and work rate over the more eye-catching elements of the game.
It’s not as sexy as some of the football that Tottenham are capable of but it’s a style which has produced big results for Hodgson throughout his career. He’ll be hoping for another big result on Sunday.
So far this season, Tottenham have struggled to beat teams who come to Wembley content to defend. They drew with Burnley and Swansea and were more than a little fortunate to beat Bournemouth.
Spurs’ best results at Wembley have been against sides who have approach the game on the front foot. That couldn’t be much further from the approach that Crystal Palace will take into the game so the Tottenham faithful may be in for another frustrating afternoon.
Ultimately, the extra quality that Tottenham possess in comparison to Palace should tell but don’t expect them to waltz to victory. So, bet on Spurs to win and for there to be under 2.5 goals in the game at 3/1 with Boylesports.
Slow Start will be Just Up Palace’s Alley
At the start of the season, the Crystal Palace players were being told by Frank de Boer to get the ball on the floor and create chances. His reign lasted just a handful of games and very quickly the message to the squad changed to keeping things tight and never getting out of the game.
That strategy will doubtless help the Eagles avoid relegation but it’s never going to do much for the neutral.
The combination of that plan and the levels of fatigue in the Tottenham ranks suggests that we’ll be in for a slow start at Wembley. That makes a bet on the 0-0 half time score look worth a play at 11/4 with William Hill.
Without a goal away from home in the league this season, Palace simply have to utilise their defensive solidity. Another way of profiting from that is by betting on the first goal being scored after the 24th minute at 10/11 with Paddy Power.
Llorente can Grab His Moment in the Spotlight
Fernando Llorente always knew he was going to play second fiddle to Harry Kane but he can’t have failed to be disappointed to have missed out on starting against Man Utd when Kane was ruled out.
Spurs lacked an out and out striker at Old Trafford but Llorente will surely get the chance to shine if Kane is unable to play against Palace.
The Spaniard has played for some huge clubs across Europe and has the quality to make the difference on Sunday so back him to score the game’s first goal at 37/13 with 888Sport.
Top Betting Offers
Tottenham to win and under 2.5 goals at 3/1 with Boylesports
0-0 half time score at 11/4 with William Hill
First goal to be scored after the 24th minute at 10/11 with Paddy Power
Fernando Llorente to score first at 37/13 with 888Sport