Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur: Time to Cash in on Spurs’ Woes?

Sam Allardyce vs. Mauricio Pochettino

Most Premier League teams would suggest that there is never a good time to play Spurs but with Palace in great form right now, the Eagles could well be lining up another three points this Wednesday. Tottenham have just exited the FA Cup at the Semi Final stage and fans will be concerned that it will herald the kind of late season slump that saw Arsenal overtake them at the very end of the previous campaign.

The game looks to be finely balanced, even if the bookmakers don’t necessarily agree.

Match Odds

Result betting shows Spurs to be way out in front for this game and available at best odds of 4/6 with bet365 and Betway. A victory for Crystal Palace is quoted at 24/5 with MarathonBet while the draw is listed at a top price of 33/10 with MarathonBet once again.

Despite that FA Cup defeat at the weekend, Spurs have a long winning run in the Premier league and their form is better than Palace but just look at who the Eagles have beaten this month. Away wins at Chelsea and Liverpool, both by the same 2-1 scoreline suggest that Sam Allardyce’s men are in a good position to take advantage of a vulnerable Spurs and those odds of 24/5 are just too good to turn down.

Individual Goal Scorers

Spurs are favourites for the game so naturally their players dominate the first goal scorer betting but once again the value lies with Crystal Palace. Harry Kane starts things off in this market at a top price of 10/3 with SkyBet while the in-form Son Heung-Min follows at best odds of 5/1 with SkyBet and 188Bet.

While Vincent Janssen is also quoted at 5/1 with SkyBet, the Dutchman has patchy form right now and a better option would be Dele Alli at best odds of 11/2 with either Paddy Power or Skybet.

As for Crystal Palace, you have to go some way down before you find their first player who is Christian Benteke at 15/2 to open the scoring with SkyBet and 188Bet. The Belgian netted both goals in the victory over his former club Liverpool at the weekend and at the very least, Benteke looks a great option in the anytime market at 9/4 with BetFred.

Benteke has a good record against Spurs and that’s another reason why we’re tipping the striker in this market but there are other, great options for an anytime goal. These include Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen at a best of 11/4 with 32Red and 188Bet plus Andros Townsend, who has also been on the mark recently and is a good price to score against his former club at 5/1 with BetFred and 32Red.

Other Side Bets

When Spurs play, particularly at home, it can be a good idea to avoid the Both Teams to Score Bet as they have such a tight defence in front of the excellent keeper Hugo Lloris. Away from home and against a Palace side who have performed so well in recent weeks however, this could be one of the best bets of the night at 5/7 with either 10Bet or 188Bet.

Elsewhere, even if you disagree with our theory that Palace can win this, it should still be a tight game with the winning margin market coming into play. Here, you can get Crystal Palace to win it by one goal at 13/2 with Paddy Power and Winner Sports while Spurs by one is quoted at a top price of 11/4 with bet365 and SkyBet.

Spurs were in such good form prior to the FA Cup semi final that you would have almost automatically bet with Mauricio Pochettino’s side if they hadn’t been involved in that match. If they return to their league form then Tottenham should still take the points but based on that worrying drop in form at the end of last season, coupled with Crystal Palace’s resurgence, there is great value on the Eagles this Wednesday.

Best Bets:

  • Crystal Palace to win at 24/5 with MarathonBet
  • Christian Benteke to score anytime at 9/4 with BetFred
  • Both Teams to Score at 5/7 with 10Bet
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