Tottenham Hotspur’s dream of a domestic double was ended by a bitterly disappointing 4-2 defeat by Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley on Saturday evening.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men twice came from behind against the Blues and, for long spells, dominated possession, but the north Londoners failed to turn their superiority into goals and were sent spinning out of the competition courtesy of second half strikes by Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic.
The loss against Antonio Conte’s charges was only Spurs’ second defeat in 22 domestic matches and Pochettino’s team must pick themselves up if they are to keep up the pressure on the Premier League leaders in the race for the title; the visitors can be backed at 4/7 (1.57) with bet365 to bag a vital victory in south London.
Crystal Palace will certainly provide Tottenham with a tough test, for Sam Allardyce’s side are in fine form and the Eagles will come into this match in confident mood, having won six of their last eight Premier League games – a run of results that includes victories against Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool respectively.
Spurs have scored more than once in each of their last 11 matches and the 8/13 (1.62) quote for Pochettino’s team to score two or more goals in this game may well prove popular, while there is 13/20 (1.65) that there are at least three goals scored when these rivals lock horns.
Palace have scored in each of their last eight matches in the Premier League and bet365 go 7/10 (1.70) that both teams are on target and 13/8 (2.63) that four or more goals are scored; that selection would have landed in eight of Spurs’ last 10 matches.
Harry Kane has been in superb form in 2017, scoring 16 goals since the turn of the year, and the 23-year-old, who was the Premier League’s leading scorer last season, can be backed at 4/5 (1.80) to add to his tally for this term, while in-form midfielder Dele Alli is chalked up as a 7/5 (2.40) chance to make his mark against the Eagles.
Spurs, though, could suffer something of an FA Cup hangover and the Eagles are more than capable of holding their own against Pochettino’s high-flying team.
With Palace in such fine form, the 7/5 (2.40) for Allardyce’s outfit to avoid defeat on home soil could offer good value for punters ahead of Wednesday’s crucial Premier League clash.