IT’S a fiery London derby in the FA Cup fifth round when Tottenham host Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon.
These two city rivals arrive in this match in totally different form with Spurs’ the in-form side in the Premier League with seven wins on the trot and unbeaten in their last eight in all competitions.
Over at Palace it’s not so good with just one win in their last seven matches, but this is the FA Cup and the form book does go out the window.
Looking at the recent results Tottenham will obviously be a very popular choice with punters at the 1.70 with William Hill. But it’s not as easy as that as Mauricio Pochettino’s squad is still in with a chance of winning the Premier League title, going along nicely in the Europa League and with some very important matches coming up in both of those competitions they might just take precedence ahead of any FA Cup success.
Pochettino looks certain to ring the changes after his side travelled back from Florence with a 1-1 draw on Thursday night with Fiorentina and if they were playing any other team other than Crystal Palace, then I would be making a strong case to oppose them, but Palace are a side struggling for any form and even at the 19/4 with Bet365 it’s very hard to make any case for Alan Pardew’s struggling side.
A month ago Palace fans were dreaming of playing in Europe, but the way their form is at the moment they might be playing in Rotherham as they are falling down the Premier League table
at a very alarming rate and relegation isn’t a big price. Unlike Tottenham this match is Palace’s entire season, but their big problem in their recent slump is their failure to score goals and they look set to struggle again up against the tightest Premier League’s tightest defence
I can’t see Palace scoring in this one, but it won’t be as one-sided as many suggest and instead of backing the home side at the 1.70 the best bet to have in this tie is the 2.80 on Tottenham to win to nil which is available with BetVictor.
I’m expecting the first half to be very, very close but where Spurs’ will have the advantage over their London rivals is the calibre of players they have on the bench to change the game, if need be.
In the third round they brought on England striker Harry Kane to turn the tie around in the draw with Leicester and that gives them a massive advantage in this one. Don’t see many goals either, this is expected to be a proper FA Cup tie and both teams to score players should tick the “no” box in this one with some confidence at the 1.91 with most of the bookmakers and for correct-score players I can see Tottenham’s fantastic season continuing and their pursuit for three trophies continuing with a nervy 1-0 win at 7.00 with William Hill.