Tottenham Out To Spoil Palace Party – Betting Preview
Selhurst Park plays host to Crystal Palace's first top flight game in almost a decade, but the Eagles will be aware of the challenge that stands in front of them in the first of Sunday's Premier League double-header.
Ian Holloway will have prepared well for his team's clash with Spurs, but without having bolstered their squad to great lengths, many feel that Palace may struggle in the early running. His side are 4/11 favourites to be relegated.
On the other hand, Tottenham have notably made vast improvements to their squad, one which set a club record for most points in a Premier League season only three months ago, but with addition to a squad comes both adde4d pressure, and a bedding-in period. Andre Villas-Boas will be eager for his team to overcome any teething problems quickly this year, but starting with a trip to newly-promoted Palace will be a tough challenge.
Whilst their biggest downfalls last season were a lack of goals from up-front and poor squad depth, Spurs can't expect Roberto Soldado to immediately slot in and be a 30 goal a season man, but the Spanish international oozes quality, and is 7/2 to score first, 10/11 anytime, and 4/1 to net a brace.
Without Gareth Bale, Spurs are missing their key man, but equally, Holloway will miss Glenn Murray, who suffered an injury during Palace's successful play-off run last year. As a direct replacement for Murray, Dwight Gayle (8/1 first, 11/4 anytime, 12/1 two or more) will carry a lot of the goal-scoring burden for the Eagles this season, despite his lack of top flight experience.
The former Peterborough man will make his debut in front of what is expected to be a raucous Selhurst Park crowd, and will be out to impress, as will fellow debutant Marouane Chamakh, who signed for Palace from Arsenal in the off-season. The Moroccan striker made it his business to score against Spurs during the a few North London Derbies, so can he find the net once again at 11/4 anytime?
As Younes Kaboul and Sandro are expected to return for Spurs, their spine has been bolstered, yet their attacking flow is still likely to come from out wide. Aaron Lennon presented arguably the biggest improvement amongst any Tottenham player last season, and if he can continue that form, he will be able to cause every team a lot of trouble.
Given their European travels awaiting, Tottenham will need three points here to ease any potential issues, yet it isn't hard to see their bubble of confidence burst early if Palace get their neck in front. The home side are 8/5 to score first, whilst Tottenham may be worth a look on the 'To Come from Behind' markets, where they are 18/5 to do so and draw or win.
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Match Betting: Crystal Palace 4/1, Draw 23/10, Tottenham 4/5
Headline Offers: Dwight Gayle to score and Crystal Palace to win 9/1; Roberto Soldado to score and Tottenham to win 7/4.
Top Tip: Both Teams to Score: Yes - 4/6
Worth a Look: Correct Score: 1-1 - 13/2; Marouane Chamakh to score anytime - 11/4.