Former Liverpool and England striker Michael Owen has shared his prediction ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s match at Crystal Palace later this afternoon.
The hosts were challenging for a top-10 place prior to the season being halted as a result of the coronavirus pandemic but their form has taken a drastic dip since the restart of the top flight.
Palace head into the game in a poor run of form having with their current seven-match losing sequence is the longest of Roy Hodgson’s Premier League career and have failed to find the back of the net in six of those defeats.
Owen believes that Spurs will head into the match full of confidence following an impressive run of four wins and a draw from their last five games and will look to follow up an convincing 3-0 win against Leicester City with what could be a crucial result to secure a place in next season’s Europa League.
The former Real Madrid forward believes that Spurs will come away from Selhurst Park with a victory.
He told BetVictor: “Palace have now lost seven consecutive Premier League matches which is the worst run of any team managed by Roy Hodgson in his long and illustrious career. They can’t finish higher than 13th in the table and, after being in such a promising position pre-lockdown, I imagine that for everyone at the club, the end of the season can’t come quickly enough.
“Tottenham continue to climb the table and with five wins and two draws in their eight games since the restart, they will be very confident of rounding off their season by adding another three points to their tally. They will be hoping that a win will lift them up to 6th in the table which would guarantee a place in next season’s Europa League but that will depend upon Wolves’ result against Chelsea. However, they are already certain to finish no lower than seventh and that may well earn them a place in the Europa League subject to results in the FA Cup.
“I see this as a very straightforward win, albeit a low-scoring one, and I’m going for a 1-0 win to the Lilywhites.”
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