Jamie Redknapp explains why he disagrees with ex-Gunner's Tottenham prediction

Jamie Redknapp

Redknapp feels Spurs will beat Palace this weekend, unlike Paul Merson.

Tottenham face a tough test despite the form book when they travel to Crystal Palace this weekend.

Spurs failed to score against the Eagles at White Hart Lane and despite their opponents sitting in the relegation zone, they have the factor of a new manager in the dugout to urge them on.

Alan Pardew is managing his first Premier League game as Palace boss and knows he needs to get off to a positive start.

Ex-Arsenal star Paul Merson said he predicts Palace will pick up a point, but fellow SkySports pundit Jamie Redknapp foresees Tottenham taking all three.

Redknapp believes the absence of two key Palace players means Spurs are primed to win.

Both Mile Jedinak and Yannick Bolasie are absent as they have set out for international duty.

He told SkySports: "Their absence tips this fixture in Tottenham’s favour, for me. Yes, Wilfried Zaha has similar attributes to Bolasie, but the Spurs players will look at the Palace team-sheet and get a huge boost, knowing those two aren’t available."

Jedinak leads the Palace team in both tackles made per game this season and interceptions per game.

He is also the team's top scorer in the Premier League with five goals, and wins more headers per game than any one in the team.

The Australian is clearly a huge loss for Palace, subsequently a big boost for Spurs.

Bolasie meanwhile has more shots per game this season than any Palace player and joint-leads the team with assists, level with Jason Puncheon.

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