The top two form teams in the Premier League meet at Selhurst Park as Crystal Palace play host to Tottenham Hotspur in what should be an exciting and action-packed match.
Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur
English Premier League – Wednesday 26th April 2017 – 8pm
Best Odd of: 16/5 at Ladbrokes
Crystal Palace Recent Form
Palace have been in fine form recently and are high on confidence with the belief they can beat any opposition. Victory away at Liverpool on Sunday saw them rise to twelfth place in the table and reach their 38-point target for safety. They have picked up 19 points from their last 8 games, with 6 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat.
Their last three wins have come against Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool, which shows they can compete with the best teams in the league. They are looking at the teams above them now, instead of looking over their shoulder, and a victory here could see them climb into the top half of the table.
Tottenham Hotspur Recent Form
Tottenham are the only team to have picked up more points than Palace from their last eight games. They have won seven and lost one, accumulating 21 points in those games to close the gap between them and league leaders Chelsea.
One of their main attributes is their ability to score goals and they have netted thirteen in their last four games, whilst only conceding once. They suffered defeat against Chelsea in the FA Cup Semi Final on Sunday, which means the only trophy they’re now playing for is the league title. That makes this match even more important for their title ambitions. Although it depends a lot on other results, Tottenham know they need to keep winning to stand any chance of leapfrogging their rivals.
Head to Head Record
Tottenham have the edge over Palace in their head to head, both overall and in recent times. Overall, these two teams have met 34 times in all competition stretching back to 1969. In that time, Tottenham have won 17, Palace have won seven and ten games have finished level. Tottenham have won the last three league meetings, and five of the last seven, with Palace’s sole win in those seven coming in January 2015. Palace did beat Tottenham last season, winning 1-0 at White Hart Lane in the FA Cup.
The most recent meeting ended 1-0 to Spurs in August 2016, with Victor Wanyama scoring the only goal.
Betting Odds and Predictions
Despite Palace’s recent resurgence, Tottenham are rightly the favourites here and have more to play for. For that reason, our first betting prediction is an away win which is priced at 4/6 with Betway.
There should be an abundance of goals in this fixture, even though the last two meetings in all competition have ended 1-0. Both teams have been in a rich vein of goal scoring form and matches involving them have seen plenty of goals. There have been at least three goals in Palace’s last five games and six of Tottenham’s last seven. Total percentages for games with over 2.5 goals this season are 58% for Palace and 53% for Tottenham.
Therefore, over 2.5 goals looks to be a great bet with odds of 13/20 whilst there are odds of 6/4 for over 3.5 goals and 100/30 for over 4.5.
Tottenham haven’t conceded a goal in their last two games but both teams have scored in 60% of their away games this season. Palace have an overall percentage of 55% of games with both teams finding the net. Both Teams to Score is priced at 13/20, and there looks to be value in backing Tottenham to win and both teams to score at 21/10. This season, Palace have conceded 14 goals between 31-45 minutes whilst Tottenham have scored 15 in the same period.
The odds of a goal in this match between 31-45 minutes are 5/4 with Betway. Picking a player to score first could prove to be difficult in this match, so the anytime goalscorer market is possibly a better option.
Christian Benteke has scored five goals in the last five games and is priced at 2/1 to score anytime. Son Heung-Min has a slightly better scoring record, with five goals in four games, and is priced at 11/10, whilst other solid options include Harry Kane (3/4), Dele Alli (6/5) and Wilfried Zaha (7/2).
A good-looking value bet in this market is Yohan Cabaye at 5/1. The Frenchman has scored in two of the last three games, and missed a golden opportunity to make it three from three at the weekend. If he gets a decent chance, that 5/1 looks extremely good value.
Top Betting Tip
Looking at all the options available, the best bet looks to be Tottenham to win and both teams to score which is priced at 21/10 with Betway.