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FA Cup: Tottenham vs Crystal Palace preview

Kick-off: Sunday, 21 February @15:00 GMT

Venue: White Hart Lane (London)

Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)

Head to head record

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham 1-3 (2015/2016 Premier League)
Tottenham vs Crystal Palace 1-0 (2015/2016 Premier League)
Crystal Palace vs Tottenham 2-1 (2014/2015 Premier League)
Tottenham vs Crystal Palace 0-0 (2014/2015 Premier League)
Tottenham vs Crystal Palace 2-0 (2013/2014 Premier League)

Tottenham vs Crystal Palace prediction

Tottenham and Crystal Palace take on each other in the London derby in the FA Cup last 16. The Spurs outclassed Colchester United in previous round, but they can’t afford any complacency in Sunday’s clash against the fellow capital club.

Busy schedule

Tottenham Hotspur have been producing outstanding performances in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign. The Spurs have suffered no more than three defeats in the national championship this season and they are regarded as one of the main favourites to win the domestic trophy. Mauro Pochettino’s men sit in second place in the standings and they are on a five-game winning run in the league. Tottenham have a very busy schedule and seeing that they faced Fiorentina in the Europa League on Thursday evening, there is every chance Mauro Pochettino will mix the squad in Sunday’s clash against Crystal Palace. The Spurs have eliminated the likes of Leicester City and Colchester United in the FA Cup so far and a win over Crystal Palace would see them move one step closer to clinching their first FA Cup trophy since 1991. Top scorer Harry Kane should lead the attack for the hosts and he is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition back line.

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is sidelined with injury, meaning that Michel Vorm should start the game in goal. Tom Carroll is yet another absentee in the home team.

Poor form

Following a 2-1 loss to Bournemouth Crystal Palace played out a 1-1 draw with Swansea City in their last away game in the Premier League. The Eagles suffered a 2-1 loss to Watford at their Selhurst Park, meaning that the lack of confidence could prove to be a big problem for the away team in Sunday’s FA Cup game. Alan Pardew’s men are eager to get back on course, but beating Tottenham at White Hart Lane is easier said than done. Palace are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in Sunday’s match, but you should have in mind that the team conceded six goals in previous three away matches in the Premier League. January signing Emmanuel Adebayor scored his first goal for the Selhurst Park outfit at the weekend, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. The Eagles set up a meeting with Tottenham in the FA Cup last 16 by beating the likes of Southampton and Stoke City.

Dwight Gale and Joe Ledley are both likely to recover in time to face Tottenham Hotspur. Yannick Bolasie and Bakary Sako have overcome their respective injuries and they are both pushing for recalls.

Quick Facts

  • Tottenham Hotspur are on an eight-game unbeaten run
  • Spurs conceded exactly two goals in each of their last three home games in FA Cup
  • Mauro Pochettino’s team won their last FA Cup trophy 25 years ago
  • Crystal Palace are on a three-game winless run
  • Eagles are eyeing their fourth consecutive away win in FA Cup

Tottenham vs Crystal Palace betting tip

Tottenham are high on confidence ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup game and given Crystal Palace’s poor form, there is every chance the Spurs will give fans yet another reason for celebration. Over the years Mauro Pochettino’s team have turned their White Hart Lane into a real fortress and, taking everything into account, there is a big value in betting on the hosts. In their last meeting at “Lane” Tottenham recorded a 1-0 win over Palace.

Tip: Tottenham to win

Odds: 1.60 (3/5) @BetVictor

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