Tottenham Hotspur’s unbeaten form continues and Jose Mourinho’s side will be keen to claim another victory when they travel to face Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday, 13 December 2020.
Unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League matches with Crystal Palace (winning 9 of them), Spurs have also kept a clean sheet in eight of them. However, this was not the case when Palace held Spurs to a 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park to end their losing streak (both against Spurs and generally in the League) in the final day of the 2019-20 season.
Tottenham Hotspur Betting Preview
Jose Mourinho’s side are heading into this one top of the Premier League table, level on points with the reigning champions Liverpool, and the North London outfit would love to get the maximum ahead of their head-to-head encounter against Jurgen Klopp’s side at Anfield on Wednesday.
Spurs come off a 2-0 home win over Royal Antwerp in their final match of the Europa League group stage on Thursday to seal the top spot in Group J.
Now, like other rivals that also play in Europe, they’ll entirely focus on the domestic campaign until February, and the visit at Crystal Palace would be only the first challenge for Jose Mourinho’s men who are set for four away games in their next five matches until the back-to-back home matches against both newly-promoted sides Fulham and Leeds United on 30 December and 2 January, respectively.
Logically, José Mourinho used the midweek Europa League round to field an entirely different starting side compared to the selection that stunned North London rivals Arsenal last weekend, with left-back Sergio Reguilón and midfielder Giovani Lo Celso being the only ones who started in both games.
However, Giovani Lo Celso could possibly make way for fellow midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, who started in 8 Premier League for Spurs this season but had to miss the one against the Gunners.
Jose Mourinho is absolutely delighted to reap the benefits of the prolific partnership between Harry Kane and Heung-min Son, with the pair once again being directly responsible for the excellent outcome of the North London derby.
And while England’s forward Harry Kane could already boast a remarkable contribution with 8 goals and 10 assists in the Premier League, Son has already bagged 10 goals and has assisted three times, including the delivery for Harry Kane’s powerful strike against Arsenal.
Serge Aurier is a doubt for Spurs so Matt Doherty should start at right-back should his Ivorian counterpart is not fully fit to start, while the Argentine Erik Lamela is expected to miss out again.
Crystal Palace Betting Preview
Crystal Palace are pretty inconsistent for another year as they struggle to win consecutive League games since the back-to-back wins over Southampton and Manchester United at the start of the new season in September.
However, Roy Hodgson’s men are coming after a massive 5-1 win at West Bromwich Albion last weekend – the first time Palace have scored five on the road in a top-flight game. It really lifted them to 11th place in the Premier League table, five points off the top four and even though the Eagles do not have such ambitions, it’s quite certain that they’ll hope to enjoy a comfortable mid table finish rather than a fierce relegation battle until the very end.
Something else also is absolutely certain as well – Wilfried Zaha remains the key man having already scored seven goals in nine Premier League appearances this season. You need only look at Palace’s record without the influential Ivory Coast international in the Premier League – only two wins from their past 17 games.
The Eagles were clueless and unthreatening in their recent losses by Burnley and Newcastle as their talismanic forward had to undergo a period of self-isolation following a positive coronavirus test, but were immediately reinvigorated by his presence.
Zaha has had a direct contribution (either scored or assisted) for 10 of Crystal Palace’s 16 goals this season and Hodgson opted to take him off the pitch with around 10 minutes remaining and the game at The Hawthorns was apparently won.
Nevertheless, before the beginning of the new season, Roy Hodgson stated that this was the strongest squad he has had at his disposal during his three-year spell at Selhurst Park and the 73-years-old veteran is unlikely to make any changes to the XI that romped to a 5-1 win against one of his former clubs last weekend – West Brom.
With his brace at West Bromwich Albion in his first start of the season, Christian Benteke has ended a long-lasting goal drought as the Belgium international will be keen to embrace the opportunity and to revive his career.
Following his debut season at Selhurst Park after his transfer from Liverpool in 2016-17, when Benteke scored 15 goals in 36 League appearances, the 30-years-old has scored six goals combined (3 in 2017-18, 1 in 2018-19 and 2 in 2019-20) and the Belgian now hopes to take the next step by scoring in back-to-back Premier League games for the first time since April 2017.
Palace’s boss is without a quartet of injured players for Sunday’s London derby, with Wayne Hennessey, Nathan Ferguson, Martin Kelly and Connor Wickham all sidelined through injuries.
Possible Starting Lineups of Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur:
Crystal Palace: Vicente Guaita – Nathaniel Clyne, Cheikhou Kouyaté, Gary Cahill, Patrick van Aanholt – Jeffrey Schlupp, Luka Milivojevic, James McArthur, Eberechi Eze – Wilfried Zaha, Christian Benteke. (4-4-2)
Tottenham Hotspur: Hugo Lloris – Sergio Reguilón, Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld, Serge Aurier – Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg, Moussa Sissoko – Heung-min Son, Tanguy Ndombélé, Steven Bergwijn – Harry Kane. (4-2-3-1)
Spooky Express Betting Prediction
We have all reasons to believe that Tottenham Hotspur could build on their unbeaten run and claim a third successive victory in all competitions, which could be crucial for their confidence and they definitely need to trust themselves more when they’ll hope to end Liverpool’s amazing Premier League record at Anfield next week.
Crystal Palace could be a tough nut to crack, indeed, yet they seem to be a comfortable opposition for Spurs’ ability over the past years, often winning with a clean sheet, and considering their current shape under Jose Mourinho’s influence, we’re backing Spurs to beat London rivals Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Spooky Express Free Play: Tottenham Hotspur -150 @ BetOnline for 8/10 Units