A 2-0 defeat at Molineux means Palace have now lost seven on the bounce for the first time since the beginning of the 2017/18 season.
What’s worse, they’ve only managed to score in one of these defeats, which will be bitterly disappointing considering they were on a run of four successive victories either side of the break and were in with a shout of European football for next season.
Spurs have won three matches on the bounce for only the second time under Jose Mourinho and considering two of these came over North London rivals Arsenal and Champions League chasing Leicester, morale will be high in the camp at the moment.
However, while results have begun to improve, their away form leaves us slightly apprehensive about backing them at odds-on. They’re a measly W4-D7-L7 this season on the road as consistency has been a real setback for them in their European hopes.
That does change to a more balanced W4-D4-L4 under the ‘Special One’, and all four defeats came against sides higher than Palace in the table.
Spurs may have already secured at least seventh place in the table which would normally be enough to sneak into the Europa League, but with their North London rivals Arsenal playing in the FA Cup final next weekend and a win for the Gunners preventing seventh place being enough for European football next season, this turns into a must win game.
Under 2.5 Goals
Palace have the worst home goalscoring record in Europe’s top five leagues from the opening 45 minutes, scoring a measly four times in 18 first halves at Selhurst Park this season, though Spurs have only managed three in their last nine on the road, including just one from their last five, so we’re hesitant about them in the ‘HT/FT’ market too.
The lack of a talisman for Roy Hodgson’s men is really telling, and it’s difficult to see where their next goal is going to come from, leaving the ‘Unders’ market a tasty proposition.
The hosts have seen a maximum of two goals in 15 of 18 matches here this season, with the exceptions coming against high scoring Chelsea and Liverpool, as well as a narrow last gasp 2-1 victory over West Ham.
We can’t see a way through for the Eagles, leaving it all in Spurs’ hands to score three, which they’ve only managed on three occasions on the road this season and we’re happy to back the ‘Unders’ for this one.