Tottenham face Crystal Palace in a now familiar televised Sunday afternoon slot following a Thursday Europa League jaunt and given their visitors’ spritely away form in the Premier League, it’s difficult to be anything other than pessimistic about the Lilywhites’ chances of victory.
The match odds from Ladbrokes certainly fly in the face of this stance, with Spurs deemed 20/21 shots to bag the points, Palace the big 3/1 outsiders and the draw a 13/5 compromise.
Tottenham’s price is supermodel skinny in the circumstances though, with Palace’s pacey attack under Alan Pardew showing themselves to be the archetypal counter-attacking predators on the road.
The Eagles left Norwich as 3-1 victors on the opening day of the season, before Jose Mourinho’s phenomenal home league record took a rare blemishing last time Pardew’s men ventured from Selhurst Park.
Meanwhile, as Palace stockpiled strikers in the transfer window, another top frontman to support the overused Harry Kane failed to materialise for Pochettino, whose team look way short of goals as a result.
Spurs are still in search of a first home league win after Stoke and Everton nicked points at the Lane.
Meanwhile, In 10 games arriving directly in the shadow of Europe League excursions last season, Pochettino’s side came out on top just four times, drawing once and losing another five.
And if the evidence is mounting up in the away side’s favour in this London derby, don’t expect a goal before half-time either.
Four Premier League clashes between the sides since Palace made it back to the big time have failed to see a single first-half goal registered.
The draw then Palace in the half-time/full-time is a 15/2 chance at Ladbrokes, while more second-half goals in the match is a 1/1 chance and a fine bet for this match.
Just remember as a televised Premier League fixture this game is eligible for Ladbrokes Sharp Shooter offer.*
With two top-flight goals in just three appearances since swapping Wolves for Palace, Mali international Bakary Sako looks a fine choice to utilise this offer at 10/1.
Alternatively, if you disagree with this evaluation of how things are likely to pan out at the Lane, Ladbrokes are also boosting Spurs to win the game, with both teams finding the net, out from 11/4 to 7/2 from 8.00 am on the day of kick-off.
*Double your odds if your 1st Goalscorer bet scores in the opening 25 minutes in selected live TV games.
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