Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur Tips & Predictions – Sunday 27th January 2019

This season’s FA Cup fourth round draw produced four all-Premier League ties. The last to feature is a London-based affair with Crystal Palace hosting Tottenham for the second time this season. The Eagles lost out during the first meeting but this time they will face a rather different looking Spurs side.

A trophy in English football is yet to come the way of Palace boss Roy Hodgson or his Spurs counterpart Mauricio Pochettino. The pair will no doubt be keen to put this right but the FA Cup is not an easy piece of silverware to obtain. Whoever is able to progress this weekend will still need to win another four matches in order to lift to trophy.

Top Tips

Crystal Palace to Win @ 15/8

Under 2.5 Goals @ 4/5

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Crystal Palace News: Hodgson to keep faith in Speroni

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Brazilian goalkeeper Lucas Perri is expected to complete his move to Selhurst Park this week amid an injury crisis between the sticks. Both Wayne Hennessy and Vicente Guaita are out with no immediate return in sight. Their respective absences handed Julian Speroni a rare start in the Palace net but it proved to be a rather disastrous one for the club legend. An absolute howler from him gifted Liverpool their third goal, just as his side were back on level terms. Despite this, Hodgson is set to stick by the veteran shot-stopper with Perri forced to wait for his debut.

Tottenham Hotspur News: Alli joins growing list of absentees

Executive Boxes at Tottenham's White Hart Lane
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Tottenham’s win against Fulham last weekend was soured by the late injury to Dele Alli. Scans have confirmed that the youngster strained his hamstring, a problem expected to keep him out for at least five weeks. He’s the latest key Tottenham player to pick up a significant injury, joining the likes of Harry Kane, Victor Wanyama and Moussa Sissoko in the treatment room. On top of this, Heung-Min Son is still in the UAE on Asian Cup duty for South Korea and remains unavailable for selection.

No return for Janssen

With Kane and Son both missing and Fernando Llorente well below standard against Fulham last weekend, competition to lead the Spurs line hasn’t been so weak in a long time. Despite this, there seems to be no hope of Vincent Janssen being able to resurrect his Spurs career. Talking about the striker earlier in the month, Pochettino simply told reporters that he was not in his plans. Rumours have linked the Dutchman to several other clubs this transfer window and it seems Spurs will do everything they can to permanently ship him off.

Analysis: Ideal time to be facing Spurs

Roy Hodgson wouldn’t have wanted such a tough looking fourth round draw but he’ll take comfort in the fact he’ll not face a full strength Spurs side. The north London club will be missing at least five first team regulars, meaning that rotation options will be limited for Pochettino. This is especially troubling for the Argentine as this FA Cup bout follows less than three days after his side’s crunch League Cup contest with Chelsea.

Palace can take advantage of threadbare Spurs

Tottenham boast one of the best away records in the Premier League but they did not look like their usual selves against Fulham last weekend. Struggling to cope without their missing players, the north London side were well matched at Craven Cottage by a team fighting relegation. On the basis on this clash, it is fair to assume Spurs may be in for a rough few weeks. Palace struggled to beat a 10-man Grimsby Town in the last round of the competition but it was a match of utter dominance from the Eagles. Their fourth round experience will not be as one-sided but the hosts should still be capable of getting the win (15/8).

A fixture starved of goals

There has been fewer than two goals the last six times Tottenham and Palace have met in all competitions. Don’t hold out hope for much more goalmouth action this time either as Selhurst Park has been notoriously goal shy this season. Ten of the 12 matches played on the south London ground have produced under 2.5 goals. In the Premier League, Roy Hodgson’s men have scored just six times in front of their own fans, a truly abysmal record. Tottenham are usually quite free scoring on the road but their lack of attacking options makes another repeat of under 2.5 goals (4/5) an absolute must in this game.

Recent Matches

Tottenham’s five-match winning run against Crystal Palace is a unique one as every time Pochettino’s men have triumphed courtesy of a 1-0 scoreline.

10th November 2018: Crystal Palace 0 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur

Juan Foyth quickly put a nightmare Premier League debut behind him by scoring the winning goal on his second start in the English top flight. At the other end of the pitch, the Argentine and his fellow defenders did just about enough to keep Palace at bay. It could have easily been a different story as Alexander Sorloth was presented with a huge chance late on but the misfiring Norwegian blasted straight at Hugo Lloris from close range.

25th February 2018: Crystal Palace 0 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur

When these two last went head-to-head, Harry Kane’s goal two minutes from time settled it at Selhurst Park. Tottenham dominated possession, had more shots on goal and 13 corners to Palace’s three, while the Eagles struggled to cope with Spurs’ relentless attack. The Lilywhites’ late goal was no more than they deserved in south London.

5th November 2017: Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 0 Crystal Palace

The reverse match at Wembley Stadium also ended in a 1-0 victory for Pochettino’s men, but things were a lot closer in this one. Spurs were far from their best in the national stadium, but Heung-Min Son’s strike in the 64th minute proved to be enough for the Lilywhites.

26th April 2017: Crystal Palace 0 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur

Back in April 2017, Tottenham left Selhurst Park with a 1-0 win thanks to a second half goal by Christian Eriksen. Palace had their moments in this one, but Spurs did enough in the end. The reverse match that season also ended in a 1-0 victory for Spurs, with Victor Wanyama scoring the only goal of the game at White Hart Lane. Tottenham went on to finish second while the Eagles finished in 14th place.

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