Tottenham welcomes Crystal Palace in a clash of the Premier League with the idea to win the three points and continue their good performance in the league under the new manager Tim Sherwood. Crystal Palace in turn will try to take something out of White Hart Lane, although they are in the role of an absolute outsider in this match.
Since Tim Sherwood replaced André Villas-Boas as the manager of the Spurs, the team is in a series of three wins and one draw in the league. They are completely transformed and score a goal after another.
Under the management of the Portuguese, Tottenham was the team with the lowest percentage of realization of the goal attempts. With Sherwood in charge they have nine goals in their last four matches or just over 2 goals per game.
A perfect picture someone would say, but it could be true if it wasn’t the match for the FA Cup against Arsenal last week. Then the Spurs were heavily beaten by the Gunners, although Arsene Wenger entered the match with six players from the bench. However, whether this game is indicative or not is something we will find out in the next matches.
Crystal Palace performs well for a team whose goal is the survival in the Premier League. The team has four wins and two draws in their last ten matches, which is actually a good result. However, if you have a look on the stats you will notice that the team always loses its matches against the biggest teams in the Premier League. So far this season Crystal Palace have lost all their matches against the teams from the first six and it is highly unlikely the tendency to be changed this round against Tottenham.
What do the bookies offer for this match? William Hill and bet-at-home offer 1.35 for a home win and the odds at bet365 is 1.4. Crystal Palace’s chances for a win are estimated at 9.5 from William Hill, on 9 from bet365 and 8.5 from bet-at-home. The draw’s odds are about 5 in the three bookmakers.
If you look at the Asian handicap markets you will see that the proposed Tottenham victory by at least two goals margin is with odds of 2.1 with bet365. I believe this odds are too good to be missed and this is why this will be my bet for this match.