Spurs v Palace - Saturday 15:00
Having drawn with Everton on the opening day, Mauricio Pochettino will be keen to see his team claim their first victory of the season against a Palace side that have been dismal throughout 2016. In light of the spending in Manchester as well as at title challengers Chelsea, a fast start will be key for Spurs if they’re to keep pace in the title race.
Spurs will look to assert themselves and take the game to Palace, and so are well placed to score first with the Eagles having conceded first in their last six matches. With only Connor Wickham fit up front and Bolasie joining Everton, Palace’s chances of getting a goal themselves seem remote. What’s more, since the Eagles have been behind at half-time in eight of their last nine away matches, Spurs look good value at 2.25 for the Win/Win Half-Time/Full-Time.
With a robust central midfield pairing of Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama for Spurs, Palace’s hopes of emulating their away form during the first half of last season will rest on the shoulders of Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend out wide on the break, with the later no doubt motivated by his unceremonious discarding by Pochettino.
However, despite the extra space for the Palace wide men to exploit, the lack of a goalscorer to put away any rare chances remains their Achilles heel and chances against West Brom last weekend were at a premium. With a settled backline to stop them,Spurs look decent value at 2.38 to win to nil in their first home game of the season.