Tottenham vs Crystal Palace Preview & Betting Tips: Spurs To Dominate

Son Heung-MinThe football festivities in North London kick off on Boxing Day in the form of Tottenham vs Crystal Palace at the eponymous Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (3pm Sunday; TV: Live on BT Sport). Will the hosts continue to move forward in front of the cameras? Or can the Eagles spring a surprise? Read on for our full Premier League match preview and betting tips.

After what was a drab period under Nuno Espirito Santo, there’s been new life breathed into Spurs by Antonio Conte, who has made something of a rapid impact in North London. Sunday’s hosts come into this fixture off the back of an uplifting cup quarter-final win over West Ham, while they have now gone five Premier League games without tasting defeat under their new boss. Such form is promising.

As for the visitors, well, after what was a decent start to life under one-time Premier League winning captain Patrick Viera, things had started to go a bit sour at Selhurst Park. They had gone four games without a win, three of which saw them taste defeat. Boxing Day’s visitors rallied just before Christmas, going unbeaten in two, beating Everton by three goals to one, before drawing 2-2 with Southampton. The latter wasn’t the best result in the world, but since they were a goal down at half-time, the Eagles probably won’t be too disheartened.

Resurgent at home

Things are far from perfect, and it remains evident that there’s plenty of work to be done, but the serial winner, formerly in charge at Chelsea, has wasted little time in turning the lilywhites from a team that was struggling to get going to a team that can put up a real fight.

Under the previous manager, Spurs had run less than any other Premier League team on the pitch. After a couple of months with Conte at the helm, Spurs now cover more ground than any other EPL outfit, while they are unbeaten in five at home, four at home, three of which they have won.

Away-day struggles

Crystal Palace aren’t an easy side to beat, which given the nature of Viera’s game as a player isn’t exactly surprising, though they are far from prolific winners on their travels. In fact, the visitors have won just once away from home this season, while they’ve lost four of their other seven. The Eagles are without a win in three travelling fixtures, the last two of which they have lost without finding the net. They lost by a goal to nil against both Leeds and Manchester United.

From an attacking point of view, Palace haven’t been terrible away from home, but they’ve certainly not been menacing, scoring nine in eight. Such a total is nothing to be overly ashamed of, but when it is put next to a total of 15 conceded, it starts to look underwhelming. They’ve conceded too many away goals, there are no two ways about it. Even in general, Palace have started to find it tough to shut teams out, keeping a clean sheet in none of their last six matches.

What happened earlier in the EPL campaign?

As we wave goodbye to Christmas, teams start facing each other for the second time in the league, and this will be the second time that Spurs have taken on Palace this term. Earlier in the campaign, it was a disappointing afternoon for the Tottenham boys, who left Selhurst Park feeling sorry for themselves after receiving a 3-0 beating.

On that occasion, it was Patrick Viera’s men who were by far the better team, especially in terms of urgency and desire. Naturally, things have changed at Spurs since and as the new manager has made a positive impact, we probably shouldn’t expect a similar outcome.

Where’s the Spurs vs Eagles Boxing Day bet?

Those waiting for Conte’s first setback may well be tempted to take a punt on the visitors at odds of 4/1, which on the face of it does seem slightly attractive. However, Palace’s overall away record is hard to ignore, as is the fact that they are without a goal in each of their last two travelling fixtures.

At the prices, ‘Tottenham to win & over 2.5 goals’ appeals most. The hosts have quickly come to the boil under the new manager, so much so that they now look like a side not only capable of getting results, but capable of really hurting teams. Offensively, the Spurs boys have moved through the gears since Conte arrived, with the likes of Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and even the forgotten man Dele Alli now playing with lots more vigour. The home side has scored at least twice in each of their last four league matches, as well as finding the net on two occasions against a strong West Ham side in the EFL Cup during the week.

Combine this with the fact that they are averaging 2.11 points at home in comparison with the 0.75 collected on average by Crystal Palace on the road and backing the hosts to win plus score a few goals starts to really stand out as a viable option. So for our betting tips’ conclusion, it is just the one pick this preview relies upon:

  • Tottenham to win & over 2.5 goals @ 7/4 with Bet365.