Tottenham Hotspur had been in pretty poor league form before the international break, with three defeats and one draw from their last four Premier League games, losing to Burnley (2-1), Chelsea (2-0), Southampton (2-1) and drawing 1-1 with London rivals Arsenal.
Inbetween these matches, however, they were very impressive 4-1 aggregate winners over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, setting-up a quarter-final tie against Man City.
They have since lost 2-1 away to Liverpool at Anfield (on Sunday) in the Premier League, where Roberto Firmino put Liverpool ahead after 15 minutes before Lucas drew Spurs level with 20 minutes remaining and then a luckless own-goal from Toby Alderweireld in the 90th minute handed Liverpool all the points.
Crystal Palace have three wins and two defeats from their last five league games and were also knocked out of the FA Cup in a 2-1 quarter-final defeat away to Watford recently. They were back in league action following the international break on Saturday last, where they were 2-0 winners at home to Huddersfield, a result that relegated their opponents from the Premier League.
Tottenham will be looking forward to this game as it’s the first home game in their brand new state-of-the-art Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. They will be pumped-up for sure to be playing in their new home and in-front of a capacity 62,000 fans and will be looking to bang in as many goals as they can to entertain this massive crowd.
I however think that Palace will be aware of this fact and will come well organised, with the aim of firstly trying to not concede and hoping to snatch a goal themselves, hence my opinion of a low scoring affair. An opinion that may not be matched by too many Spurs and neutral fans alike, but the stats back my opinion up somewhat too.
Tottenham currently sit third in the league table and a win will move them back three points ahead of fourth-placed Man Utd and four ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal.
A win for 13th-placed Crystal Palace will move them ahead of 12th-placed Bournemouth and move them further away from the relegation battle at the foot of the table.
Tottenham have won the last five meetings of the sides, including a 1-0 win when they last faced each other back in November.
Remarkably all five of those Spurs wins have come by a 1-0 scoreline.
Tottenham will be without Serge Aurier (hamstring), Eric Dier (hip) and Harry Winks groin) for this game.
Mamadou Sakho looks to be the only injury concern for Crystal Palace.
Tottenham have won the last five meetings between the sides by a 1-0 scoreline. Tottenham to win 1-0 is advised at 13/2
Total match goals to be under 1.5 is advised at 17/5
Christian Eriksen to score anytime is also advised at 14/5