Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur meet at Selhurst Park, in a match for the 28 th round of the Premier League. Tottenham Hotspur won home (1-0) the last time they met in this edition of the league, on 05-11-2017. The record of direct confrontations in this stadium is favorable to the visiting team, which in the last 4 matches won 3 and lost 1. Indeed, the last time these two teams met in this stadium was on 04-26-2017, in a match for the Premier League that ended with the victory of Tottenham Hotspur by (0-1). C. Eriksen (78 ‘) scored the only goal of the match. Particular attention is required for the home / away condition, since both teams present significantly different results at home and abroad.
The home team is currently in the 15 th position of the league, with 27 points won, after 6 wins, 9 draws and 12 losses. In the penultimate match, they tied in a home match against Newcastle United, by (1-1). In the last match, they lost in an away match against Everton, by (3-1). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 2 wins, 4 draws and 9 losses in away matches; against 6 victories, 5 draws and 4 defeats in his stadium. In the last 10 home league matches Crystal Palace has a record of 4 wins, 5 draws and 1 loss, so they have won 17 points out of 30 possible. In their home league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 0-1 (5 out of 13 matches). They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. This is a team that scores only few times and was only able to open the scoring in 6 of its last 27 matches for the Premier League, of these 6 came to rest in advantage in 3 and won at the end of the 90 ‘in 3. In 27 matches in this competition, he only managed 3 comebacks in the 18 games in which he suffered the first goal.
The Crystal Palace is still going through some difficulties and at this moment it is in a position very close to the descent zone. We remember that the landlords no longer win four games for the championship. Coach Roy Hodgson must enter the field with a more cautious strategy, exploring only the counterattack: Townsend is a very competent player in the offensive transition. On the other hand, Milivojevic is the best scoreboard of the Crystal Palace in the championship, with 7 goals scored. For this game the coach of the house can not count on Zaha, Wickham, Dann, Puncheon, Schlupp, Sako and Speroni, all due to injury.
The away team is currently in the 5 th position of the league, with 52 points won, after 15 wins, 7 draws and 5 losses. In the penultimate match, they tied in an away match against Liverpool, by (2-2). In the last match, they won in a home match against Arsenal, by (1-0). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 7 draws and 4 losses in away matches; against 12 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss at their stadium. In the last game that they played, for the FA Cup, they tied with Rochdale by (2-2). In the last 10 away league matches Tottenham Hotspur has a record of 3 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses, so they have won 12 points out of 30 possible. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have always scored at least one goal in the last 10 matches for this competition. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 12 of the last 13 matches for this competition have ended with Over 1,5 goals. In 27 games in this tournament, he suffered the first goal 10 times and never got the comeback.
The Tottenham party for this game with a disappointing draw against Rochdale, by 2-2, in a game to count for the Cup of England. We remember that the Londoners had already achieved a good result for the Champions League, when they also drew two balls against Juventus. In this game away from home, coach Mauricio Pochettino must play in 4-2-3-1, privileging possession of ball and positional attacks: Eriksen will be the team’s master, being responsible for creating and organizing the offensive process. On the other hand, Harry Kane is the best score of Tottenham in the championship, with 23 goals scored. For this game the visiting coach can count on all his players.
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