England – Premier League
Match start: 21:00 (GMT+1)
After Xavi has left the team and Andrés Iniesta has started to show some decrease in game the Spanish Barcelona became to experience some problems in organizing attacks. It is obvious that the majority of calendar matches with frankly weaker clubs of Spanish La Liga doesn’t demonstrate these problems.
But during matches of the Champions League between the Catalans and Juventus and during the first away match with PSG the lack of top playmaker was very painful for the team of Luis Enrique . Now new leader of Tottenham should be Christian Eriksen.
Champions’ race of Tottenham
The question of transfer of the Dutchman to Camp Nou will be solved at the end of May when the season will be finished. And now the team of Mauricio Pochettino continues its race for the ultimate leader of EPL:
Chelsea – 75 (32), Tottenham – 71 (32), Liverpool – 66 (34), Manchester City – 64 (32)…
As we see Chelsea needs 4 points to catch Tottenham. It is obvious that in this situation London club from White Hart Lane is waiting for a possible mistake of the leader in at least one out of 6 left matches.
The real threat of the favorites
But Tottenham can’t lose any points in this champions’ race. The current winning series of Tottenham has 7 matches in a row.
But now the team of Mauricio Pochettino has to prove its ambitions during the away match with very difficult opponent. And though Crystal Palace doesn’t belong to the group of favorites three recent winnings over Chelsea (2:1), Arsenal (3:0) and Liverpool (2:1) demonstrate high professional level of the red and blues.
The irony of this situation is that the team of Samuel Allardyce doesn’t possess the factor of inordinate motivation. This football club has left the relegation zone and now it takes the neutral 12th line.
But the red and blues are still able to wreck nerves of the Tottenham’s fans. Of course, the experts consider one of the leaders of the champions’ race to be the favorite of the match. But we think that in this case it would be wise to play against the favorite.
Crystal Palace – 5,50, draw – 4,20, Tottenham – 1,65;
Our tip: Crystal Palace to win with the handicap (+1,5) - odds 1,50 Bet365