Crystal Palace v Tottenham: Premier League predictions, free betting tips & TV
Palace could pick up a point against Spurs in cagey affair at Selhurst Park
Free football tips, best bets and analysis for Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Sunday
Where to watch
Sky Sports Main Event & Premier League, 2.15pm Sunday
1pt 29-10 bet365, Betfair
Under 2.5 goals
1pt 10-11 general
Connor Wickham and Wayne Hennessey are sidelined while Nathan Ferguson lacks match fitness.
Serge Aurier should shake off a knock to resume at right-back but Erik Lamela is out.
Tottenham have excelled against the bigger teams but their title challenge may rest on how they perform against the supposed lesser lights and a setback could be on the cards at Crystal Palace, where they may be forced to settle for a share of the spoils.
Jose Mourinho's counter-attacking tactics are not universally popular but the Spurs players are buying into the strategy which has helped them secure seven points from home matches against Manchester City and Arsenal plus a trip to Chelsea.
It is an approach which could serve Tottenham well when they face Liverpool at Anfield next Wednesday, but it may prove less effective against the Eagles, who will be reluctant to get sucked forward and create the space in behind that allows Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son to do so much damage.
Roy Hodgson's teams are usually very well organised and his Palace team operate in a similar way to Spurs by shunning a possession-based approach in favour of sharp, incisive counter-thrusts.
While Spurs have Kane and Son, Hodgson can look to Wilfried Zaha and Ebere Eze, who were outstanding in last Sunday's 5-1 triumph at West Brom.
Zaha was sorely missed during his recent spell of self-isolation, when Palace sustained disappointing defeats away to Burnley and at home to Newcastle.
But he was back with a bang at the Hawthorns, scoring two goals to take his seasonal tally to seven.
As the leader of Palace's attack, Zaha has often had to put up with close attention from opposition defenders but he is being given a little more freedom this term thanks to the arrival of Eze, another player with outstanding individual qualities.
Eze has taken time to settle, scoring once in ten Premier League appearances, but he was arguably Palace's best player against West Brom and will be an undoubted asset if he gets anywhere close to the numbers he achieved at QPR last term, when he provided eight league assists and 14 goals.
Tottenham's best way of nullifying the Palace threat is to defend deep but those tactics could make it difficult for them to win the ball high up the pitch and feed Son and Kane.
A cat-and-mouse affair could be the upshot, with clear chances difficult to come by, and it will be up to Mourinho to decide when to change tack and go for a more attacking approach.
He did that against West Brom last month, bringing on Giovani Lo Celso, Carlos Vinicius, and Lucas Moura, and it just about worked with Kane nodding an 88th-minute winner.
However, a late push for victory is less likely to succeed at Selhurst Park and a low-scoring draw looks the likeliest outcome.
Each of Crystal Palace's last five games at home to Tottenham have featured fewer than three goals.
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