Tottenham Hotspur vs Crystal PalaceEnglish Premier League, KO: 15:00 Dec 26, 2021, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
It is a battle between two teams on the up as Tottenham Hotspur host Crystal Palace in a London derby. While Palace have the quality to cause some trouble, home advantage is likely to play a big role here and Spurs will fancy their chances in this Premier League fixture.
Tottenham Hotspur have improved under Antonio Conte with the team still unbeaten in the Premier League since the Italian took charge. Sitting six points behind fourth placed Arsenal, they are in the mix for a Champions League finish and have played three matches less than the Gunners.
They missed a fortnight of footballing action due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the squad and showed no signs of rustiness as they held Liverpool to a 2-2 draw last time out. They showed great fight and character with Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min getting the goals.
That result means Tottenham Hotspur are now unbeaten in their last five Premier League matches. They have won three of their four home matches in that run and also saw off West Ham 2-1 in the League Cup on Wednesday.
Crystal Palace have also done well under Patrick Vieira as they continue to adapt to the manager’s system. They are making a push for a place in the top half and are currently 11th on the standings, just two points behind Leicester City in ninth place.
The Eagles were not in Carabao Cup action in midweek and head into Sunday’s clash unbeaten in their last two Premier League matches. First, they claimed a 3-1 victory over Everton before being held to a 2-2 draw by Southampton last time out.
While there have been clear improvements at Crystal Palace in recent weeks, one area that still needs some work is their record on the road. They have claimed just one win on their travels this season and suffered successive 1-0 defeats to Leeds United and Manchester United in their last two away matches.
How the bookies view it
Tottenham Hotspur have the upper hand among the bookies with a home win priced at 77/100 with novibet. A victory for Crystal Palace is valued at 4/1 by betway while SBK is offering odds of 59/19 for a draw.
Head to head
Tottenham Hotspur have a 24-9 advantage with 12 draws from 45 previous matches against Crystal Palace. Although Palace claimed a 3-0 victory in the reverse fixture back in September, Spurs have won the last five meetings at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Players to watch
Harry Kane ended a lengthy goal drought for Tottenham Hotspur with the opener against Liverpool and will be keen to put a goal scoring run together. The striker has a good record in this fixture with four goals in his last four appearances and is priced at 21/20 by Skybet to find the net on Sunday.
Wilfried Zaha often carries the attacking threat for Crystal Palace and scored the opener last time out against Southampton. The attacker was also on target in the reverse fixture against Spurs and is priced at 16/5 by Vbet to score anytime.
Anything else catch the eye?
The last meeting at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium produced over 3.5 goals which is priced at 5/2 by BetVictor while over 2.5 goals is valued at 22/23 with 10bet. Spurs could also be tipped to earn a win and over 2.5 goals at 9/5 with betfair.
There have been second half goals for both teams in Crystal Palace’s last two Premier League matches and a similar outcome is priced at 5/2 with William Hill.
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