Looking at the 1×2 market first, where the favourite backers were rewarded as Tottenham eased to win @ 2.35. Palace backers would have felt greatly letdown by the host in the second half where they fell apart. Crystal Palace was as bad as Tottenham was good in the second 45 minutes, 0-4 was a result nobody would have predicted after the first period.
Moving onto the Asian handicap market for this contest where Crystal Palace looked good value with a +0.25 start. However, that dramatically changed in the second period and Tottenham -0.25 trounced this handicap @ 2.01. As mentioned in the preview, the price of Spurs did go up (opened @ 1.92) once the public saw Kulusevski wasn’t risked, but how well the North Londoners did without him was a shock.
Looking at The Under/Over market last of all which as above, saw Unders get shorter when Kulusevski was not even on the subs bench. In the end, the Over won @ 2.01 thanks to a super effective Spurs second-half showing. During the first half, it did play out very much an ‘unders’ type contest, but everything changed with the first goal and it must be said, Tottenham’s increased attacking quality.
Tottenham Hotspur overcame a potentially tricky London derby with an emphatic second-half showing to stun Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
After a dull first half where the host had shown far more threat, a Spurs team inspired by Harry Kane scored twice in five second-half minutes to cruise to a highly impressive victory. By the time Crystal Palace had woken up after the restart, they found themselves 0-4 down after further Spurs goals from Doherty and Son.
Antonio Conte’s men began with positive intent but in fact, very little was produced that tested Vicente Guaita, who enjoyed a very quiet first half.
His opposite number Hugo Lloris who has had plenty of shaky moments for his club side this season including in Spurs’ latest defeat to Aston Villa, made some amends by producing a fine stop to deny Jordan Ayew who had the best of several big openings for Crystal Palace.
The visitors were hanging on at times as Andersen and Michael Olise also came close.
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.