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Crystal Palace vs Tottenham: Slow start expected at Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Match Preview and Predictions

Crystal Palace have proved a thorn in the side of some of the Premier League's big guns recently and now have the chance to knock Tottenham out of the FA Cup.

[All odds correct at time of publication]

Palace produced one of the upsets of the season with their victory at Manchester City and almost took points off their title rivals Liverpool at the weekend in a 4-3 defeat at Anfield.

Tottenham are eight-time winners of the competition but are missing several key players through injury ahead of the trip to Selhurst Park.

Match information

When is it? Sunday 27th January

What time is kick-off? 16:00

Where is it being played? Selhurst Park

Which channel is it on? BT Sport 2

Who is the referee? Kevin Friend

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Betting Tips

Here are our predictions for Sunday's game for which we also have a range of other markets available:

The lowdown

Tottenham's injury list grew again this week when Dele Alli was ruled out until early March after sustaining a hamstring injury in Sunday's 2-1 win at Fulham.

He joins England team-mate Harry Kane in the treatment room and Spurs are still without Son Heung-min, who is away on international duty with South Korea.

"It's one of the worst moments because we have ahead very busy fixtures," said manager Mauricio Pochettino after Alli's injury was confirmed.

"Now we need to be positive like with Harry Kane. Of course, we are going to miss him for a long period. You know very well that for us the squad is very important and of course it's a very good opportunity for other players to step up."

Spurs remain favourites to win this tie at the first time of asking but given their problems, the value is with a home win at 9/5 as the first of our Crystal Palace vs Tottenham predictions.

Palace have performed better on their travels than at Selhurst Park this season but their recent results against Liverpool and City should give them confidence.

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First goalscorer tips

Crystal Palace continue to be the penalty kings of the Premier League. They scored the most in the top flight last season with eight, and they are one of four teams leading the way with five successful spot-kicks this season.

They have all been converted by Luka Milivojevic, who has also scored once from open play, and with Palace struggling for goals up front, the midfielder appeals at 13/2 in the first goalscorer odds.

Anytime goalscorer tips

Much will depend on Christian Eriksen if Tottenham are to unlock the Palace defence despite the absence of Kane, Alli and Son.

The Denmark midfielder has netted six goals in all competitions, with four of those coming in his last nine appearances, so he stands out in the anytime goalscorer odds at 3/1.

Where the game will be won or lost

Palace may have lost at Liverpool last weekend but there were plenty of positives to take from their performance.

The Reds enjoyed plenty of good fortune with the manner of their goals and Palace doubled the number of goals Liverpool have conceded at Anfield in the Premier League this season.

"For large periods of the game we held our own but you need a bit of luck if you're going to win," said boss Roy Hodgson.

"Goals often have an element of luck involved in them and their three certainly had a bit more luck in them than ours did. I'm very happy with how we went about our business and I'm very disheartened for the players that they didn't get more to show for their efforts."

Producing the same goal threat at home is now the key for Palace, who have only scored six home goals in the Premier League and needed until the 86th minute to find a way past 10-man Grimsby in the third round.

They have been tight at the back though, conceding only 11 goals at home, and with the visitors missing so many of their attacking players, we're adding under 2.5 goals to our Crystal Palace vs Tottenham betting tips at 4/5.

That would have paid out in eight of the last nine meetings, while there is plenty of evidence to suggest this could be a slow burner too.

There has been just one goal in the first 30 minutes of matches at Selhurst Park this season and only five in the first half, while Spurs have only conceded seven of their 23 goals in the first half.

Incredibly, the first half has been goalless in 14 of their last 15 league meetings, including each of the last five, so we'll complete our betting preview by backing the first half to end 0-0 at 9/5.

Team news

New signing Lucas Perri is expected to go straight into Palace's squad to provide goalkeeping competition for Julian Speroni. Pape Souare will miss out and could prove a long-term absentee, having dislocated his shoulder.

Tottenham will assess Moussa Sissoko (knee) and Ben Davies (groin), whose injuries were suffered in the Carabao Cup semi-final defeat at Chelsea. Harry Kane (ankle), Dele Alli (hamstring) and Son Heung-min (international duty) will all not play.

Traders' Tips - View from the trading floor

Crystal Palace have struggled for goals at Selhurst Park and Tottenham are missing key players but will be keen to avoid a replay due to their busy schedule. They have beaten Palace 1-0 in each of the last five meetings and are fancied to edge it by a single goal again at 8/1.

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Andrew McDermott
@a_mcdermott in Football