Premier League: Tottenham vs Crystal Palace preview


Tottenham are looking to snap out of a terrible recent string of results when they face Crystal Palace on Wednesday in a London derby. This game is a special one for the Spurs as it's the first match they play at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, a brand new arena with 62,000 seats. The reverse fixture, played in November, was won 1-0 by Tottenham thanks to a goal scored by defender Juan Foyth. The two sides have also met in the FA Cup in January and Crystal Palafce won that match 2-0. Overall, Tottenham have won five of the last six matches against Crystal Palace in all competitions.

Tottenham have dropped to fourth place on Monday after Arsenal defeated Newcastle, the Spurs have suffered their fourth defeat in the last five matches when they lost 2-1 at Liverpool last weekend. Now the Spurs are tied on 61 points with fifth-placed Manchester United and sixth-placed Chelsea are just one point behind, so Mauricio Pochettino's men have to wake up very soon if they don't want to end up outside the top four. However, the Spurs have qualified for the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League with a convincing 4-0 aggregate win over Borussia Dortmund. Eric Dier and Harry Winks are injured and won't be able to play in Wednesday's match, while Serge Aurier is an injury doubt.

Crystal Palace are hoping for a quiet season finale, they currently have an eight-point cushion between them and the relegation zone and that should be enough to guarantee their survival in the Premier League. However, the Eagles should push for improving their current 13th position in the league table as 11th-placed West Ham are just six points ahead. Last weekend the Eagles grabbed a 2-0 victory over already relegated Huddersfield, ending a two-game losing streak in all competitions. Mamadou Sakho is the only injury concern for manager Roy Hodgson.

Probable line-ups:

Tottenham: Lloris - Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen - Trippier, Sissoko, Eriksen, Davies - Alli - Kane, Son

Crystal Palace: Guaita - Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Dann, Van Aanholt - Meyer, Milivojevic, Schlupp - Townsend, Batshuayi, Zaha

My prediction: Tottenham to win 3-1, the Spurs should be determined to win this match and inaugurate the new stadium with a triumph.

Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:

Tottenham win - 1.45
Draw - 5.00
Crystal Palace win - 7.50

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