Crystal Palace vs Tottenham HotspurFA Cup, KO: 16:00 Jan 27, 2019, Selhurst Park
SPURS go from one draining knockout derby straight into another as they bid to keep their FA Cup hopes alive at Crystal Palace.
Having put so much into a midweek League Cup semi-final with Chelsea before crashing out on penalties, Tottenham must somehow try to lift themselves for a second trip across London in just three days.
The injuries are piling up for boss Mauricio Pochettino, with Moussa Sissoko limping off at Stamford Bridge in the wake of star turns Harry Kane and Dele Alli being ruled out until March.
Given that Tottenham failed to bring in a single fresh face during the summer the kind of injury crisis they are going through just now is crippling them.
Yet the spirit in the squad remains as strong as ever, with Pochettino's men putting in another Herculean effort against Chelsea after battling right until injury time to snatch a winner in the league at Fulham.
The only consolation from the sickening defeat at Stamford Bridge was that it didn't go to extra time, with the match heading straight to a shoot-out after the full-time whistle.
The energy levels have to drop at some point though and this clash with Crystal Palace is one they could do without, especially as a league fixture with Watford looms just three days later.
However, after crashing out of one cup, Pochettino will want to keep his hopes of an elusive piece of silverware alive in the shape of the FA Cup.
Palace will be much fresher, having had eight days to recover from their incredible 4-3 loss to Liverpool last Sunday.
Few people would have predicted that scoreline given Roy Hodgson's men have struggled for goals all season while relying on a tight defence to eke out victories.
I'm expecting a return to some kind of normality for this cup tie and Palace look good value at 9/5 with a few firms given the torturous schedule Spurs are in the midst of.
To boost those odds a little try backing Hodgson's side to win by a one-goal margin at 10/3 (most firms).
The only danger is if Hodgson plays a weakened team to concentrate on their fight against relegation but I can't see him doing that, especially with Spurs there for the taking.
Goals have been in short supply at Selhurst Park this term so I also fancy under 2.5 match goals, which is sadly just 17/20 with Marathonbet
Andros Townsend has been in fine scoring form for Palace and will be fired up against one of his former clubs. The winger looks a good option at 3/1 for anytime scorer with 888 Sport.
Pochettino would probably want to make a few changes after their midweek exertions but he doesn't have many fresh players to bring in.
Winger Erik Lamela might be the best shout at 9/2 with Unibet in the anytime scorer market.
This FA Cup match between Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur will be played on Jan 27, 2019 and kick off at 16:00