Former bookmaker and Palace Programme editor Luke Tugby talks us through his tips ahead of this weekend's clash with Tottenham Hotspur.
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Tottenham are the overwhelming favourites to take all three points against Crystal Palace on Saturday, with the hosts 1/3 with SkyBet to record what would be a third straight Premier League victory. Palace are as big as 9/1 to cause an upset at White Hart Lane, with the draw available at a bumper 18/5.
And with Tottenham’s home form being patchy at best this season, those odds certainly aren’t to be sniffed at. Creditable draws against the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United have been coupled with defeats to Newcastle, West Ham and a 5-0 humiliation by Liverpool – which proved to be Andre Villas Boas’ last match in charge.
Tim Sherwood has steadied the ship since then and Spurs have gone four Premier League games unbeaten with him at the helm.
Spurs edged out the Eagles 1-0 on the opening day of the season and you can get 5/1 on a repeat scoreline this weekend, while Palace are as high as 16/1 to record a victory by the same margin.
West Brom took a 1-1 draw back to The Hawthorns when they visited White Hart Lane on Boxing Day and the 15/2 on offer for Palace to get the same result looks appealing.
The Eagles have conceded eight goals in eight games since Tony Pulis took charge at the end of November, recording four clean sheets in that spell. The visitors are 14/1 to replicate the feats of Newcastle, West Ham and Liverpool this season by winning to nil at the Lane.
Saturday’s clash sees a meeting of two of the league’s most rejuvenated strikers. Emmanuel Adebayor has been welcomed back in from the wilderness at Spurs and is expected start again on Saturday. The Togolese frontman is 4/1 to bag the opening goal and Evens to score at any time.
Meanwhile, Marouane Chamakh has been given a similar lease of life under Tony Pulis and is a whopping 10/1 to pick up where he left off at West Brom last weekend by netting the opening goal of the game. He’s also available at an equally tempting 7/2 to score at any time, while if you fancy both frontmen to find the target during the game, SkyBet will offer you odds of 9/1.
Tugby’s Tip of the day: If Palace play how they did at Manchester City at the end of December, they will certainly give Tottenham a run for their money. Crystal Palace or a draw looks a decent bet in the ‘double chance’ market at 2/1.
Value bet of the day: The draw looks pretty overpriced at 18/5 and is well worth a few quid, as is the 10/1 on Chamakh to score first.
Doughnut of the day: Jermain Defoe to score first at 4/1. Considering his impending move to Toronto and the fact he has played just five Premier League minutes under Tim Sherwood, that looks highly unlikely to say the least.
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