Crystal Palace v Tottenham FA Cup betting preview and tips

17:00 Sun 27 Jan
Football
England
FA Cup
Tip: BTTS
Units: 1/5
Odds: -133

Crystal Palace took a long time to break down Grimsby Town in the third round of the FA Cup, with the Mariners battling hard with ten men until finally being broken down in the latter stages of the game.

The Eagles now take on more familiar opposition in the form of Tottenham and it’s probable that Palace won’t be facing the full might of Spurs considering that Mauricio Pochettino continues to juggle various obligations in a wide range of competitions.

Harry Kane is certainly missing and Son Heung-Min is still turning out for South Korea in the Asian Cup, with this match sandwiched between an EFL Cup game at Stamford Bridge and a home clash against Watford.

Therefore, it’s hard to fancy Spurs to win this particular clash, even at odds-against. It could be a similar team to the one that started at Tranmere in the previous round, with Fernando Llorente playing as the centre forward and opportunities for players like Juan Foyth, Oliver Skipp and Kyle Walker-Peters.

Crystal Palace have been short of goals at home this season although they might play a little more freely in an FA Cup clash like this where there is an opportunity to reach the last sixteen of the competition.

Roy Hodgson might hope to have snared a striker or two by the time that this match is played although there’s the possibility that they could be cup-tied if they are signed from another English club.

Nevertheless, Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha offer an attacking threat and Palace have won four of their previous seven matches at the time of writing.

We can’t expect either defence to be particularly watertight in a game such as this one, with Premier League taking top billing and it would therefore seem more straightforward to back both teams to find the net.

BETTING TIP
Both Teams to Score @ 1.75 with bet365