EPL Picks: Low Scoring in Tottenham Hotspur vs. Crystal Palace

Lee Phelps

Saturday, December 6, 2014 6:04 PM GMT

Will Tottenham start to find some consistency? Can Crystal Palace dent Spurs' confidence? Our tipster is answering these questions as he looks at the betting and picks his favourite tips from the soccer odds.

Let’s get this out of the way at the start, I don’t trust Tottenham at soccer odds on betting prices against anyone in the Premier League. Regular readers will know my feelings on Crystal Palace, so this is test of my Spurs’ theory.

 

Tottenham
I watched Spurs beat Everton and thought I saw some hope that they could be starting to turn the corner, especially at home. Mauricio Pochettino has certainly shown faith in the young trio of Harry Kane, Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb this season and they are due some troops back this weekend with Emmanuel Adebayor, Etienne Capoue, Danny Rose and Andros Townsend all expected to be fit for selection.

The performance against Chelsea was good for 20 minutes, but defensively they looked weak albeit against a tremendous attack. Spurs won both of these fixtures last year and kept clean sheets in both games and will be hoping to see more of the same this weekend.

Kane looked excellent again, names Spurs’ Man of the Match and could even have opened the scoring with a header in the opening stages when Tottenham looked very good, he’s well worth a look in the goal scoring markets.

You would have to expect Harry Kane to keep his starting place in the top flight for the fifth consecutive game, having scored in two of the last five. He has a total of nine for the season in all competitions and is in a fine run of scoring form for club and country at the moment.

Christian Eriksen is another player who is worth looking at. He has scored in two of the last three Premier League games with all of his five strikes coming in the domestic campaign this term. He is Spurs’ leading scorer over the last 20 league matches and if you like backing players who have scored against the same opponents, he bagged a goal in the 2-0 win against the Eagles last season.

The troubled Roberto Soldado also has previous against the weekend’s opponents, scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win in August 2013 and with his first in the league this season coming last weekend, he’ll be hoping goals are like London buses and another one goes in this weekend.

 

Crystal Palace
I’ve not been kind to Palace this season and they’re living up to my expectation, one point above the relegation zone, but they are capable of throwing in a surprise result like the 3-2 win at Everton earlier in the season. It’s no surprise to me that Mile Jedinak’s return to the pitch after his suspension has seen their fortunes turn.

He scored in the 3-1 win against Liverpool and backed it up with a penalty in the 1-1 draw at Swansea. He’s the seventh best player in the Premier League according to www.whoscored.com’s ratings system and is another player worth considering for goals bets in this match. He’s also the joint highest scorer in the last 20 Eagles games in the top flight with six goals. Alongside Dwight Gayle joins him at the top of that list, but was subbed off at half time in midweek after feeling unwell and the Eagles hope he will be fit to start at the Lane.

 

Soccer Picks
When Palace have scored away from home, they’ve been in the game and in all but one, they have taken points (the exception being the 2-1 defeat at Arsenal). Tottenham have only kept two clean sheets this season at White Hart Lane and I expect Neil Warnock’s men to test that dodgy defending on the counter-attack.

Like I said I can’t trust Tottenham at the odds, Palace aren’t good enough in my book to win, so the draw and a low-scoring one is my soccer pick here.

Free Soccer Pick: Draw and under 2.5 goals 9/2 

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