Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur. Who will come out on top?
Odds: Palace 4/1, Draw 29/10, Tottenham 4/5
Last season’s meeting: N/A
Newly promoted Crystal Palace have got themselves a tough start to the season with the visit of top four contenders Tottenham. Palace will take confidence from the fact that Tottenham are often slow starters to new campaigns. Spurs will be without their star player Gareth Bale, who’s future is still undecided at this moment.
Their new signings Roberto Soldado, Paulinho and Nacer Chadli will hope to settle into the Premier League quickly and help notch up three points for their new team.
Despite the apparent gulf in quality this is a London Derby and as we have seen throughout they years Derbies sometimes don’t go to script. It will be an entertaining game with the potential for a high scoring affair, as neither team will look to sit back and defend.
Even with the absence of Gareth Bale, Andre Villas Boas will be expecting his side to be too strong for the Premier League new boys, though he will be extra careful as his side were victim to a few bottom half teams last year so. If they want to secure Champions League football they’ll have to make sure they win these types of games.
Both teams have had mixed preseason campaigns, Tottenham lost to Sunderland and Monaco meanwhile Palace beat a number of lower league teams before being defeated by Lazio last weekend.
Spurs will be without centre back Jan Vertonghen and midfielder Lewis Holtby while Crystal Palace are missing Glenn Murray, to a long term knee injury and Jerome Thomas, but new signing Marouane Chamakh could go straight into the line-up.
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