Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur: predictions, psychology, injuries
For Crystal Palace, home advantage is hardly any advantage at all in this match given their record thus far to date…
Home matches only
Two wins, three draws, six defeats and just six goals scored at home in the league all season.
Tottenham however are the away team of the season
Away games only
Tottenham have scored five times as many goals away from home as Palace have at home, although they have also conceded two more.
Since the 3rd round of the FA Cup Palace have had two defeats
|05 Jan 2019||Crystal Palace v Grimsby Town FAC||W||1-0|
|12 Jan 2019||Crystal Palace v Watford||L||1-2|
|19 Jan 2019||Liverpool v Crystal Palace||L||4-3|
As for Tottenham, since the third round…
|04 Jan 2019||Tranmere Rovers v Tottenham Hotspur FAC||W||0-7|
|08 Jan 2019||Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea Lge Cup||W||1-0|
|13 Jan 2019||Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United||L||0-1|
|20 Jan 2019||Fulham v Tottenham Hotspur||W||1-2|
Tottenham have beaten Chelsea in the league cup, lost at home to Manchester United and won away to Fulham – although the latter by only 2-1.
But things get interesting when we look at the injuries…
Tottenham’s injury list includes Alli and Kane. So while Sissoko, Moura and Wanyama all stand a chance of being fit for the game – the two players they probably want most, certainly can’t play.
Palace have three injuries: Guaita, Hannessey, Souare.
The question is will the injuries to Tottenham’s famous pair unbalance the team? It is possible.
The psychological issues
Palace have been runners up in the FA Cup twice (1990 and 2016) while Tottenham have won it eight times. But they have not got the trophy since 1991 – a long wait for a club whose main triumphs have been in the cup competitions rather than the league.
Tottenham will expect to knock Palace aside easily, and I suspect they will do just that – but there is that one psychological issue: the lack of their two key players. If they think on that, and if Palace sneak the first goal, anything could happen.