Crystal Palace have been playing well without winning lately in the Premier League, as they proved last weekend by scoring three goals at Anfield against league leaders Liverpool but still losing 4-3.
They also led 1-0 at half-time and looked in control at home to Watford in the game before that before conceding two soft second-half goals and losing that game 2-1.
However, in the previous round of this competition (FA Cup), they took on League Two side Grimsby Town at Selhurst Park and despite their lower league opponents going down to 10-men after just two minutes, it took an 86th min goal from Jordan Ayew to see them progress to this last 16 game against Tottenham Hotspur.
Tottenham seemed to miss the services of top striker Harry Kane in last Sunday’s London Derby away to Fulham. They trailed to a Fernando Llorente own goal before Dele Alli drew them level in the 51st minute. Dele Alli then limped off injured approaching the end of normal time and now joins Harry Kane on the long term injury list, before Harry Winks grabbed a late 93rd minute winner to nick all three points.
Tottenham travelled to Tranmere Rovers in the previous round of this competition and were ruthless by putting seven goals on the board and conceding none in a convincing 7-0 victory on the road.
Fernando Llorente scored a hat-trick in that win and will need to be in the same sort of form in this match as Spurs will be without main men Kane and Alli for this last 16 encounter.
This all Premier League FA Cup tie should be a very entertaining affair, with home advantage and the team scoring plenty of goals, Crystal Palace will fancy their chances of the win against a Tottenham side who are still flying high in the Premier League table and are coming into this Cup match with some high profile names unavailable through injury.
It promises to be an open game with the chances of lots of goals highly possible and the fans should be treated to a very entertaining cup match.
HEAD TO HEADS
Crystal Palace were victorious the last time these sides met in the FA Cup, winning 1-0 at White Hart Lane back in February 2016.
In the last five FA Cup ties between these sides, it’s Crystal Palace 3 Tottenham Hotspur 2.
Palace have goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey and defender Souare Pape on the injured list.
Tottenham will be without Harry Kane (Ankle) and Dele Alli (hamstring) until early March, while defender Ben Davies will sit out this match after picking up an injury against Chelsea in the midweek defeat in the league cup semi-final.
Across all venues and competitions, all but one of the last eight head-to-head meetings have produced a 1-0 scoreline. Tottenham to win 1-0 is 13/2
Tottenham have led at half-time in nine of 13 PL away fixtures (D3, L1). Tottenham to be leading at half-time is 11/5
Seven of Tottenham’s last nine matches (in all competitions) have produced over 2.5 goals. Over 2.5 goals is 11/10