Crystal Palace vs Tottenham by Luke
Crystal Palace gave a really good fight on Sunday evening, as the team walked away with a three pointer in front of Liverpool's fans taking a 2:1 victory. Home team actually took the lead in 24th minute via Coutinho, while Benteke leveled up in 42nd minute, just before the halftime whistle.
Players of Liverpool were the ones with much more of the ball possession, but created low number of chances, while the visitors did what was enough in attack and seal the victory in 74th minute again via Benteke.It was their third game without a victory, as the team really looked like in a great shape now and also have six victories in last eight rounds of Premiership. The side is now at 12th position, having seven points more than relegating placed Swansea and can play the rest of the season a bit more relaxed.
Home team should be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Benteke as central striker, plus Townsend, Puncheon and Zaza as offensive midfielders. Central defenders James Tomkins (22/3) and Scott Dann (23/3) are injured, same as offensive Connor Wickham (8/2). Unfit for the match remain forward Loic Remy (4/0) and left back Pape Souare (3/0). Mamadou Sakho is coming back into the team having missing the previous game due a loan deal with his parent club Liverpool.
Tottenham, on the other side, didn't play in Premiership last weekend, but instead had their duties in FA Cup semi-finals, as the side got defeated 4:2 against Chelsea on Saturday evening. Must be said that the Spurs actually had more of the ball possession and somehow looked superior, but the Blues looked very strong with the ball to their feet too and more importantly, more concrete in attack.
Overall, it was a very entertaining game, as the players of Chelsea took the lead in fifth minute via Willian, but Kane leveled up the result in eighteenth minute, with Willian bringing Chelsea into the lead from a penalty kick in 43rd minute. Even though the Spurs responded back in 52nd via Alli, the Blues were more threatening in the last phase and sealed the victory via Hazard and Matic in last fifteen minutes. They remain in a title race and need a victory badly here.
Spurs should be playing in some version of 3-4-2-1 formation, using Kane as their central number nine, and Eriksen and Alli as offensive midfielders. Defensive midfielder Harry Winks (21/1) is injured, same as goalkeeper Michel Vorm (5/0) and offensive midfielder Erik Lamela (9/1). Left back Danny Roe (18/2) is doubtful. Kyle Walker and Ben Davies are aiming and will probably return into the starting lineup.
- Tottenham have won their last 7 matches (Premier League).
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Crystal Palace's last 5 games (Premier League).
Crystal Palace comes into this match after a morale boosting victory and will surely want to make another surprise against one of the strongest teams in Premier League. Visitors are aiming a victory and can't afford to drop points here, something that promises very open game from both sides and both teams scoring as well as three goals scored shouldn't be questionable here.