'A top-class side' - Michael Owen makes bold claim in Tottenham prediction v Crystal Palace
By Russell Edge
Former Liverpool and England striker Michael Owen has said he expects Tottenham to keep Crystal Palace at bay when they go head-to-head on Sunday.
The Eagles will visit Wembley as the league’s basement club, having picked up just one win and one draw this season, which has left them four points off of 17th and safety from the relegation zone.
Tottenham meanwhile sit in third, eight points off league leaders Manchester City and three adrift from Manchester United in second, having suffered a 1-0 defeat to Jose Mourinho’s men at Old Trafford last Saturday.
Owen expects the gulf in league position to show through when Roy Hodgson and his side go up against Spurs, boldly predicting that Mauricio Pochettino’s men will shut out the visitors on the way to victory.
He wrote in his blog for betting agency BetVictor: “If Palace fail to score they will become only the second side in the history of the PL (Derby County first in 2007/8) to fail to score in their first six away games of the campaign.
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“The return of Wilf Zaha has given the Eagles hope in their quest for Premier League survival, but they may have to wait at least another couple of weeks for a point or even a goal on the road given Spurs are a top-class side.”
Palace will make the short journey across London having secured a last-second equaliser against West Ham at Selhurst Park last weekend, WIlfried Zaha netting with what was almost the final kick of the game.
Spurs meanwhile are likely to come into this clash full of confidence after securing a confident 3-1 win over Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday night, confirming their qualification to the round of 16 in what was their first ever win over Los Blancos.
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