Crystal Palace 0-4 Tottenham – Betting Analysis and Reaction
Looking at the most popular and traditional 1×2 market first. Spurs were flatteringly heavy favourites before kick-off. Although this was a clear winner in the end, very few Tottenham fans would have been confident going into the half time break at 0-0 and looking second best. As mentioned in the preview for this game, Tottenham’s price did drift out from 2.25 to around 2.35 and higher pre kick off. The club are unquestionably a second half power house this season and began @ 2.98 to win on the restart.
Moving onto the Asian handicap for this contest where until the start of the second period, Crystal Palace looked the value with a +0.25 start. The home side had all the best chances in an otherwise full opening period. Spurs were without Kulusevski and got worse the longer the first half went on, but their second half showing was exceptional and they cruised to a win @ 2.01 for their backers on this market.
Looking at The Under/Over market last of all where the line was set at 2.5 goals. We anticipated a tight and quite ugly game but Palace never maintained or matched the style expected, instead slumping badly in defence after going behind. Over 2.5 goals was the winner and as expected, moved out from the opening price of 1.99 to a shade of odds against before kick-off. This based on Kulusevski not starting or being on the subs bench as we predicted.
Tottenham Hotspur put in a tremendous second half showing to cruise to an emphatic 0-4 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
After a tight first half where the Crystal Palace had shown far more threat, a Tottenham side inspired by Harry Kane scored twice in five second-half minutes to ease to a vital away victory. by the time Crystal Palace had woken up after being blitzed by Spurs from the restart, they found themselves 0-4 down after further goals from wing back Matt Doherty and a long awaited goal from Son.
Antonio Conte was predicted in our preview, unable to call on Kulusevski whose importance should not be clouded by this result.
The first half saw Crystal Palace ultimately have more of the play after riding a strong start from Spurs.
Conte’s men showed positive intent but in fact, very little was produced that tested Vicente Guaita, who was never truly tested in a dull first half where Spurs as an attacking forced, faded quickly after around 20 minutes.
Not for the first or last time this season, Tottenham dramatically improved in the 2nd half and quickly put the game to bed. Kane scored a quick brace, the second a real beauty from just inside the box.
As Palace pushed forward, Spurs were finding gaps easily on breaks, one of which they made count to go 3-0 up. Son Heung-min found Matt Doherty who fired into the far corner.
The Korean then netted in just a second league goal to wrap up the scoring.
Palace then had most of the play as Spurs sat back, the result is flattering but Tottenham undoubtfully was the better team. Fair score 1-3.
Analysis and moving ahead
This was a pleasing result and most fans never saw it coming. Bryan Gil had his best game as he put in his best showing right on the back of a horror showing vs Villa.
Son, Doherty, Sarr and Skipp also impressed but no question however Kane was the star man. He continues to look more of an attacking midfielder pulling strings, and so to score a brace while playing as an ’10’ is especially impressive.
Next up is Arsenal who are playing frighteningly well. Palace were bad and we can certainly expect a tougher test in defence on the weekend. Arsenal will almost certainly score against Spurs. We just have to hope Kane retains this form and that Kulusevski is fit enough to return. The NLD Preview is going to land here on Saturday morning but right now, it is very hard to be confident of winning despite this handsome looking 0-4 win.
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