After a busy Saturday of Premier League football, the action continues with the latest Crystal Palace v Tottenham odds, as Andre Villas Boas looks to put the Gareth Bale saga behind him as his Spurs side take on Ian Holloway’s Palace.
The Eagles return to the top flight for the first time since the 2004/2005 season when they face Tottenham at Selhurst Park on Sunday.
After an eventful couple of season’s that has included administration, Palace fans will be glad to be back in the big time.
Ian Holloway’s side get the luxury of a home start something that Hull and Cardiff will not have the luxury of but with Spurs making the short trip across London the Eagles face a tough task in their bid to start with three points.
Spurs come into the new season tipped to be one of the rivals to Manchester United, City and Chelsea in the race for the title although the perennial slow starters will need to be quicker of the blocks if they are launch a sustained challenge.
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Spurs will travel to Selhurst Park without the injured Jan Vertongen while Lewis Holtby is also side-lined with a knee injury. Scott Parker is expected to be left out of the squad as he discusses a move away from White Hart Lane. The England midfielder is been linked with a move to QPR with Fulham also interested.
It’s been a difficult few weeks for Tottenham with the Gareth Bale saga overshadowing the good work that has been done in bringing in talent to strengthen the side.
Andre Villas-Boas may be without Bale for the opening few weeks, or possibly for good, but he will however hand debuts to three of his big money summer signings with Paulinho, Nacer Chandli and Roberto Soldado tipped to shine in the Premier League this season.
The arrival of Soldado in particular will excite Spurs fans with the £26 million pound arrival from Valencia already considered a contender for the golden boot without a ball been kicked.
Palace boss Holloway would love to have such problems with the eccentric former Blackpool manager admitting that transfer window has left him unable to get excited about the new season.
The 50 year old, who will be without last season’s top scorer Glenn Murray for Sunday opener, has signed 9 players so far this window, but despite that he claims that the nature of the window makes it difficult for newly promoted sides to thrive.
“What am I excited about?” said Holloway. “Not having a squad as big as the others? This is reality now and my job is to get some more players in here now to help this group.
“I have a crushing deadline, two and a bit weeks before that window closes, how unfair is that window.
“I’m of the understanding that there should be no window because it limits you, it limits the teams that come up.
“It is a busy time for all of us managers but probably extra tough for me at the moment but there you go, such is life.
“Sam Allardyce did it brilliantly last year. By last year he already had a monster in on loan (Andy Car-roll) hadn’t he. I thought he did it brilliantly and he finished 10th. I thought we would have Darren Bent by today but unfortunately it didn’t work but never mind.
“The pundits are saying we have no chance because we have lost Murray – 30 goals, and Wilf Zaha. I have got to work to sort that out and I believe we need another three or four [players] at least to sustain the level you need to play at in this division.”
Of those new signings, Marouane Chamakh and Dwight Gayle are set to form a new look partnership upfront in the absence of Murray while Jose Campana, a midfielder from Seville will also start.
Jerome Thomas is out after he suffered an injury in the 1-0 loss to Lazio while Paddy McCarthy and Yannick Bolasie are also out.