In the third of three back-to-back league games against the top three London clubs, Crystal Palace host Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.
Group EPL Selhurst Park, London, England
Key Stat: Crystal Palace are without a win in six matches, claiming one draw in that time - in their most recent home game against Arsenal - but losing the other five.
Expert Verdict: Tottenham came back from the dead to beat PSV Eindhoven in Europe in mid-week and that will serve as a timely boost for unconvincing Spurs when they travel to Crystal Palace. Arsenal dropped points here in Palace's last home game, but the hosts are out of form, while Spurs now have three wins in a row and can make it four.
Palace have been largely consistent with their squad selections so far this season. Joel Ward, Scott Dann and Christian Benteke are all out, but Max Meyer returned to the starting line-up last time out in a rare change - Jordan Ayew dropping to the bench, and Andros Townsend playing further forward.
Wilfried Zaha – The star man and the joint-top scorer and top assister of this Palace team, albeit with just three goals and two assists so far this season.
Andros Townsend – His goal against Chelsea takes him level with Wilfried Zaha on three goals so far this season from the wing.
Luka Milivojevic – Missed a penalty against Everton but was back to his usual reliable self from the spot against Arsenal in Palace’s last home game.
Despite taking the lead at Chelsea last time out, Crystal Palace are now six games without a win. Andros Townsend’s strike was to count for nothing in a 3-1 away defeat, which followed on from the 1-0 Carabao Cup loss to Middlesbrough. They did draw their most recent home game, however, when Luka Milivojevic scored two penalties as the Eagles held Arsenal to a 2-2 draw.
Defenders:Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Joel Tomkins, Mamadou Sakho, Patrick van Aanholt
Midfielders:James McArthur, Luka Milivojevic, Cheikh Kouyate, Max Meyer
Forwards:Andros Townsend, Wilfried Zaha
Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen both started in the mid-week win against PSV Eindhoven, but Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghen are expected to be out for a few more weeks. Hugo Lloris, suspended in mid-week, will return in goal, while Erik Lamela will be the beneficiary if managing Eriksen and Alli’s injury comebacks means they drop to the bench again. Juan Foyth, who started the last league game but conceded two penalties, will not start.
Harry Kane – Two goals in the win against PSV and what proved to be the crucial third at Wolves with England’s captain back to his best.
Erik Lamela – Opened the scoring against Wolves last weekend to continue his recent purple patch.
Lucas Moura – Back to goalscoring ways at Wolves at an important point given the return of Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli.
Harry Kane’s two goals inspired a comeback to beat PSV 2-1 in the Champions League in mid-week, and Spurs have now therefore won their last three consecutive matches. Kane was also a goalscorer, along with Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura as Spurs’ survived a late comeback to beat Wolves 3-2 in their most recent Premier League game, while they beat West Ham 3-1 in the Carabao Cup with Son Heung-Min scoring twice and Fernando Llorente sealing victory.
Defenders:Kieran Trippier, Davinson Sanchez, Toby Alderweireld, Ben Davies
Midfielders:Harry Winks, Moussa Sissolo Mousa Dembele
Forwards:Lucas Moura, Harry Kane, Erik Lamela
Tottenham have a vastly superior record in this fixture, winning 28 of the 52 previous meetings. There have been 11 Palace wins and 13 draws. The last four games have all ended in 1-0 Spurs wins, with Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane the goalscorers in last season’s matches. Spurs have now won the last six league games between the two teams, but Palace did win 1-0 in the FA Cup back in 2016. Here are the results of the last five games in all competitions:
Feb 25, 2018: Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Nov 05, 2017: Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Crystal Palace
Apr 26, 2017: Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Aug 20, 2016: Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Crystal Palace
Feb 21, 2016: Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Crystal Palace
To say Tottenham have been inconsistent and underwhelming this season would be a big understatement and yet they head to Selhurst Park on the back of a three-match winning run.
Crystal Palace, on the other hand, with a distinct lack of goals, are six games without a win (of which they have lost five).
Spurs will be boosted by the return to goalscoring form of Harry Kane, who has three in his last two games, and the fact they have Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli fit again too.
Palace’s top scorers Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha both have three goals for the season, highlighting what has been the Eagles’ biggest problem.
With no out-and-out goalscorer, they have struggled to find any rhythm this season – winning just two games so far.
Spurs have attacking strength in abundance, meanwhile, and for all their faults this season have won as many games as Chelsea and Liverpool. Their only issue has been losing three games, whereas the other two have drawn three and therefore remain unbeaten.
They showed their defensive frailties in the win at Wolves, nearly throwing away a three-goal lead, but Juan Foyth’s two penalties conceded were an anomaly.
Davinson Sanchez and Toby Alderweireld are likely to be the pairing at Selhurst Park and if they can keep Palace at bay it should be a relatively comfortable away win.
Tottenham are 5/6 with Betway and 10Bet to continue their current winning run by beating Crystal Palace.
With Palace struggling for goals, betting against both teams to score will return 23/20 with Betfair and 888sport, while a Spurs win to nil is 23/10 with Ladbrokes.
Tottenham have not always been prolific this season, however, and under 2.5 goals will return 11/10 with Bet365, Ladbrokes and Betfair.
Harry Kane is back in the goals, with three in two games, and he is a best price of 17/20 with 888sport to score at any time.
Crystal Palace are out of form and out of goals, while Tottenham have won three in a row. The visitors are favourites for good reason