Tottenham vs Crystal Palace Prediction: Mateta can bag first

 | March 01 | 

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Tottenham will look to return to winning ways as they host Crystal Palace at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium at 15:00 on Saturday, 2 March. Ange Postecoglou’s side lost 2-1 to Wolves last time out and now they play a Palace outfit who face their first away match under new boss Oliver Glasner. 

The Eagles smashed Burnley 3-0 in his first game in charge, and now he will take his side across the capital to face a Spurs outfit desperate to close the gap on the top four. Below we have previewed the match and put forward a couple of tasty betting selections.

Tottenham vs Crystal Palace Tips

  • Double chance: Draw or Crystal Palace @ 13/8
  • Jean-Phillipe Mateta to score first @ 10/1

Team News

Postecoglou is hopeful that Destiny Udogie will return to face Crystal Palace after he jarred his knee earlier this month. The left-back will represent another boost to the manager, who now looks to have a far stronger squad available to him than he did around the Christmas period. However, Pedro Porro is likely to be out after picking up a strain in training.

Palace will play the 3-4-3 system that Glasner is known for, with Jean-Phillipe Mateta likely to lead the line again. Marc Guehi is out for eight weeks following surgery, but Will Hughes, Joachim Andersen and Ebere Eze are all expected to be in the squad this weekend.

Match Odds

Spurs are the heavy favourites for this one, priced at 4/9 for the win, giving them a win probability of 62.5%. Crystal Palace are available at 11/2, while a draw is 18/5 if you fancy the spoils to be shared. BTTS is available at 4/6 in the capital, while over 2.5 goals is 1/2.

Double chance: Draw or Crystal Palace @ 13/8

Tottenham have proved themselves to be the better side on paper this season, but these prices seem to reflect the likelihood of Crystal Palace winning the game if Roy Hodgson was still in charge. In my eyes, they’ve been vastly underrated in this clash, given what we saw from them last time out under Glasner.

Against Burnley they were a vibrant attacking force, while even in the Everton game that they drew 1-1, with their new boss watching from the stands, the 3-4-3 system seemed to suit them better. Now a couple of weeks into this new project, I believe they can cause Tottenham problems, especially given Spurs’ poor showing against Wolves last time out.

The Palace win at 6/1 tempted me, but I’ll play it safe with my first selection and put forward Double chance: Draw or Crystal Palace at 13/8.

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Jean-Phillipe Mateta to score first @ 10/1

Given the market is skewed towards the home side, I’ll follow up the Palace praise with a first goalscorer pick. Mateta has been chosen to play the role of the central number nine and supported by the likes of Jordan Ayew and Odsonne Edouard, the front three are able to cause chaos.

He successfully took the penalty in the 3-0 win over Burnley and will now stay in central areas due to this narrow formation. Up against a Tottenham side who have conceded the first goal in each of their last four outings at home, I believe they could have another slow start against a reinvigorated Palace side. Mateta can take full advantage and at 10/1, is a huge price to score first.

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