Crystal Palace v Tottenham
Sunday, Feb 25 – 12:00
Crystal Palace lost 3-1 to Everton in their last league fixture a fortnight ago, and are now without a win in four competitive matches. Manager Roy Hodgson admitted that his side were punished for their mistakes against the Toffees, and Palace’s defenders will have to be at the top of their game today, if they are to nullify Tottenham’s rampant forwards. The Eagles remain in the midst of an injury crisis, with 12 of their senior players sidelined for today’s match. Crystal Palace currently sit 15th in the Premier League table, just one point above the relegation zone.
Tottenham were held to consecutive 2-2 draws in their last two matches, drawing with Juventus in the Champions League and Rochdale in the FA Cup. Mauricio Pochettino opted to heavily rotate his squad for the Rochdale match, with Harry Kane making a late cameo appearance, and netting a penalty in the 88th minute for the visitors. Kane has now scored 23 league goals for Spurs this season, just six goals fewer than he scored over the entire 2016/17 season. Don’t be surprised if he bags another today. Tottenham are currently fifth on the leaderboard, a win today could see them break into the Top 4.
Let’s take a look at the stats:
- Crystal Palace have lost each of their last five matches against Tottenham in the Premier League – scoring just once in the process.
- A win today would see Spurs claim three consecutive away wins against the Eagles for the first time in their history.
- The Eagles have only managed to keep one clean sheet over their last 27 London derbies in the Premier League.
- In fact, the only club to collected fewer points from London derbies than Crystal Palace (0.92) is Fulham (0.91).
- Spurs have claimed more Premier League points since the start of 2018 than any other club (15 – W4 D3).
- Crystal Palace have netted five goals from the penalty spot in the Premier League this season – more than any other club. Spurs are yet to concede a goal from a penalty.
- The Eagles’ last two goals in the Premier League have been scored by Luka Milivojevic from the penalty spot. Since February 2016, Milivojevic netted more penalties than any other Premier League player.
- Harry Kane has found the back of the net 19 times in his last 14 away matches in the Premier League, including three hat-tricks.
- Kane has been involved in three goals during his last three appearances at Selhurst Park in the Premier League (two goals, one assist).
Crystal Palace have struggled for results recently and their growing list of injuries seems to be catching up with them. The Eagles’ most noticeable absentee is winger Wilfried Zaha, who is perhaps their only player that has the ability to turn a game on its head. They’ll find it difficult without him today. Spurs are the Premier League’s form team at the moment, and they will be confident that they can beat anyone. Harry Kane will be hungry for goals today, and we’re backing Tottenham’s talismanic striker to get his name on the scoresheet.