It’s not been a great start to the year for Tottenham with a string of injuries, an important league defeat and being knocked out of the Carabao Cup. They travel to Selhurst Park on Sunday January 27 hoping to beat Crystal Palace and reach the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Tottenham come into this game having lost two of their last three games. A league loss to Manchester United and a 2-1 loss at Chelsea in the Carabao Cup. Whoever decided that away goals don’t count double in the Carabao Cup is definitely off Tottenham’s Christmas card list.
Still Strong on their Travels
Despite their injury worries, at least Fernando Llorente has scored in the last two games. It’s just a shame that one of them was for the other team. Their away form is one of the best in the country with the loss at Stamford Bridge ending a run of five wins with 20 goals scored. They’ve scored in every away game since May 5, 2018 and their last ten FA Cup away games.
Crystal Palace may have their minds on the upcoming midweek league game at Southampton. Palace are again in relegation trouble and have lost three of their last five games. Scoring goals is often a problem for them, particularly when playing at home.
Anyone who’s seen a Tottenham v Palace game in recent years won’t be expecting goals galore in this game. The last six games between these two sides have all ended with a 1-0 result. The last five all wins for Spurs and before that a 1-0 win for Palace in the FA Cup.
Eight time this season they have failed to score in a home game. That includes a defeat by Tottenham in November, that of course ended 1-0. Ten of their 12 home games this season have had under 2.5 goals scored in them, perhaps ideal preparation for another 1-0 result.