Freebets.com look to this weekend's Premier League action as Tottenham Hotspur travel to Selhurst Park hopeful of climbing into the top four this Saturday 10 January at 5.30pm, taking on a Crystal Palace side looking for change from the bottom three.
The Eagles enforced change with the appointment of former Palace player, Alan Pardew, the result immediately bringing a debut win for the former Newcastle manager in Sunday's FA Cup third round tie against Dover in a 0-4 drubbing.
The results must improve in the Premier League however for the side sitting 18th and once again in a relegation scrap similar to what Tony Pulis saved Palace from last season, Pardew taking the reigns at a club he made over 120 appearances for.
Mauricio Pochettino's visiting Tottenham enter on cloud nine after a fabulous 5-3 thrashing of Chelsea, the league leaders caught napping at White Hart Lane on New Year's Day to leap Spurs three points from a top-four spot in the table.
Who Will Win?
Tottenham were victorious in both Premier League clashes between the pair last season, albeit by slender scorelines as Palace fought to keep the match level pegging on both occasions. The most recent clash in December ended a goalless draw however, as the home side failed to break their rivals down.
The current confidence of Spurs however appears too much for Crystal Palace to deal with at the moment, so the 23/20 price from BetVictor for a Tottenham win looks more appealing on paper than the home side's 11/4 (Ladbrokes)
14 wins in 29 fixtures beats Crystal Palace's five, 10 further draws proving that it has often been a tough match for Spurs to tackle. However, the pressure is now on both sides for different reasons, as the battering of Chelsea now puts Pochettino's men in the fight for a Champions League spot, Crystal Palace meanwhile fighting to escape a potential relegation battle now at 13/8 for the drop with Coral.
Will There Be Goals?
Tottenham have an overall record of just 1.48 goals across 29 games with Crystal Palace, both of last year's fixtures seeing Spurs win to nil against a Palace side that became fiercely difficult to break down with Pulis at the helm. With that in mind, Bwin's 13/5 for under 1.5 goals may even be the safest bet to take.
This season has proved less fruitful so far although last season's rise in the second half of the campaign is a sign that the 30 goals conceded from their opening 20 games may again not prove as costly as first imagined.
Pardew must focus on defensive strategies, particulary with Harry Kane looking unstoppable in front of goal and Tottenham appearing strong in set piece play.
Where Spurs appear to be stealing the advantage most this season is with late - and often very late - winners in the Premier League, four games won by Spurs after 85 minutes which would otherwise have left them languished down the table.
Who Will Score?
Tottenham's highest scorers all sit on seven goals each, the trio in question being the confident Nacer Chadli, a classy Christian Eriksen and the relentless frontman, Harry Kane.
The latter cannot stop hitting the back of the net right now, Spurs' England U21 forward having bagged 17 goals in all competitions including a spectacular brace against Chelsea on New Year's Day. Kane has therefore raced to the fore as Tottenham's first choice frontman while Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor have struggled, his recent form making his still profitable 13/8 anytime goalscorer odds (Betfair) a must consider.
Pardew himself was even flattered by the Spurs striking sensational, tipping Kane for an England call-up as he commented: "when you have got an English striker who can do 13km at pace and have the quality and technical ability in the box, Roy Hodgson should count himself very lucky.”
Crystal Palace's star performers Yannick Bolasie and Mike Jedinak will not feature, leaving Parew to focus on Dwight Gayle and Fraizer Campbell in particular for a breakthrough.
Correct Score Prediction:
Crystal Palace 0-2 Tottenham - 11/1 (BetVictor)