Crystal Palace face the daunting prospect of a trip to White Hart Lane to face an expensively assembled Tottenham side on a seemingly upward curve following Tim Sherwood’s installation in the dugout.
The bloated 9/1 price about an away win says the Eagles have little, to no chance, of returning home with a win, but the stats suggest otherwise.
Not since 1980 have the south London outfit suffered defeat in the white half of the capital’s northern quadrant in the league, that’s a seven-game undefeated streak.
This alone should discourage getting involved with odds as flimsy as 1/3 that say the home team will emerge victorious from this meeting of large and little. The fact that the Lilywhites have prevailed a meagre four times in Premier League home games douses the flames of speculation promoting a Palace pounding further still.
Edginess on the homestead was alluded to by Andre Villas-Boas as his Spurs tenure drew to a close and, with only one win in the three outings that Sherwood has overseen suggests that the headaches still exist.
Either home or away, Spurs have been pretty average in all-London affairs this season. In seven clashes to date they’ve claimed bragging rights on just a pair of occasions, losing twice to arch nemeses Arsenal and, Palace’s basement buddies, West Ham. They have two wonder strikes to thank for their victory at Fulham, while their only other derby joy came via the 1-0 win the undeservedly scraped at Selhurst Park owing to a Roberto Soldado penalty.
This rather uninspiring reading should be the final factor in convincing prospective punters that Palace have a real chance of avoiding defeat in this clash and a price greater than 2/1 for them to do so simply has to appeal.
For those willing to place their neck on the chopping block odds of 18/1 are available for a 1-0 win to the Eagles. Three of their five league wins this term have come by that margin, including both of their road wins.
All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date
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