By William Hill
24th January 2019
A well-rested Crystal Palace lies in wait for Tottenham in the sides’ FA Cup fourth-round showdown at Selhurst Park, but elimination need hold no fear for the visitors, for whom a 1-0 win is inevitable.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men are 7/1 to record their sixth successive 1-0 victory over the Eagles and their seventh in nine clashes with the south London club since the beginning of 2015/16.
Ignore all other Crystal Palace vs Tottenham predictions, here’s why the Spurs 1-0’s happening again.
It’s transpired twice at Selhurst within the last 11 months alone
The most recent 1-0 win for the Lilywhites at Palace’s expense happened just over two months ago, with young Argentine defender Juan Foyth nodding in to claim the spoils in a close encounter.
It showed that even as the hosts’ team has evolved with the likes of Cheikhou Kouyate and Max Meyer coming in, Spurs remained capable of grinding out a result against them.
As with each of the last five meetings between the sides, Foyth’s goal came after the interval and Draw/Tottenham is a more pragmatic Crystal Palace vs Tottenham prediction at odds of 5/1.
Tottenham are without some of their first-choice attackers
Pochettino will be unable to call upon Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Moussa Sissoko through injury and Son Heung-Min, who is at the Asian Cup with South Korea, which should go some way to ensuring they don’t go breaking the 1-0 streak under weight of goals.
Palace also have the sixth-best home defensive record in the division, conceding just 11 times in 11 Premier League games, or once per game on average.
The Eagles regularly fail to net on home turf
Finding the net in front of the faithful remains an issue of Huddersfield-esque proportions for Roy Hodgson’s side, even after the return to the ground of the Holmesdale Fanatics fan group responsible for so much of its lauded atmosphere.
Only the Terriers have netted fewer home goals in the current Premier League season than Palace’s six, with two of those strikes from the penalty spot and a third courtesy of Watford’s Craig Cathcart.
As a result it seems unlikely they’ll be sullying either of our Crystal Palace vs Tottenham predictions with a goal.