This second Premier League preview sees a huge match in the context of the title race and a battle of the bottom two as well.

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham – Wednesday 26th April 2017 – 20:00 - Sky Sports 1

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Crystal Palace are 4/1 with Christian Benteke at 15/2 to score first.

Crystal Palace welcome Tottenham to Selhurst Park this Wednesday, with Spurs looking to keep the pressure on leaders Chelsea.

Sam Allardyce's side come into this match on the back of another win, this time a 2-1 win against Liverpool at Anfield.

Phillippe Coutinho (24) opened the scoring for the Reds, with an excellent curling free kick to make it 1-0.

Christian Benteke (42) levelled the scores late in the first half, with a defensive error from Dejan Lovren allowing the Belgian to score.

It was another goal from the former Liverpool striker Benteke (74) that won the tie for Palace, with another excellent finish.

Eagles In Great Form

It is Palace's fourth win in their last six matches, a record that Allardyce will be delighted with.

It means that they are seven points above the relegation zone, having played one game less than their rivals.

They have now beaten Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Watford in their last six, the scalp of Tottenham would be another prize.

They have conceded just five goals in their last six matches, scoring 11 goals in an excellent run of results.

Palace In Excellent Form

Crystal Palace have endured an excellent run of results, despite that they come into the match as underdogs.

This will be a tough match for Allardyce and his side, with Tottenham still scrapping for a Premier League title.

Crystal Palace will be looking to better their record against Tottenham, in 34 matches they have won 7, lost 17 and drawn 10.

The match will be played at Selhurst Park

Another Wembley Defeat

Tottenham come into this match on the back of another defeat at Wembley, this time a 4-2 defeat against Chelsea in the FA Cup Semi-Finals.

Willian (5) opened the scoring early for the league leaders, with Chelsea enjoying a perfect start.

That lead lasted just thirteen minutes, with Harry Kane (18) equalising for Mauricio Pochettino's side.

Willian scored his and Chelsea's second of the match just before half-time (43), with the Brazillian scoring from the penalty spot.

The newly crowned PFA Young Player of the Year Dele Alli (52), equalised for the second time of the match for Spurs.

Eden Hazard (75), made it 3-2 to Chelsea with just 15 minutes left, before Nemanja Matic (80) scored a stunning goal to settle the match.

Excellent Start For Spurs

Spurs have enjoyed an excellent season so far, that defeat ends their hopes of a trophy and ends a run of eight successive wins.

Mauricio Pochettino and his side are in 2nd place in the Premier League, they are now just four points off Chelsea.

With the league leaders facing off against Southampton, Tottenham could be back to seven points behind Chelsea.

Joint Favourites

Spurs come into this fixture as the favourites, with the bookies favouring Pochettino and his men.

In Palace, they face a side who have been in excellent form and beaten top six sides Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal.

Tottenham will be looking to draw on their excellent form, they have won three of the last four fixtures against Palace.

Tottenham are 8/13 with Harry Kane at 100/30 to open the scoring.

 

Middlesbrough vs Sunderland – Wednesday 26th April 2017 – 19:45

Middlesbrough-Sunderland

Middlesbrough are 6/5 with Alvaro Negredo at 4/1 to score first.

Middlesbrough welcome Sunderland to the Riverside Stadium, with this match a huge game in the battle for relegation.

Boro come into this match in poor form, having received another stuffing this time at the hands of Bournemouth.

Joshua King (2) continued his fine season for Bournemouth, scoring his 12th Premier League goal.

Benik Afobe scored Bournemouth's second in just the 16th minute, with the game all but over for Middlesbrough at that stage.

Gaston Ramirez was sent off for two bookable offences (20), the first a horrendous dive and the second an appalling challenge just five minutes later.

Marc Pugh registered Bournemouth's third in the second half (65), with Boro in line for a hammering.

Charlie Daniels completed a miserable afternoon for Boro just five minutes later (70), with a well worked free kick.

Certainties For The Drop

Boro have struggled since the turn of the year, they are yet to register a win in 2017 and their recent record is poor.

They have lost four of their last six matches, picking up just two points from a possible 18 available.

Middlesbrough are along with their opponents certainties for the drop, they are nine points from safety.

They have scored just four goals in their last six games, conceding 13 goals during that time.

Boro Favourites

Middlesbrough come into this match as favourites, despite their poor form this calendar year.

Boro will be looking to register their first win this year, and do the double over North East rivals Sunderland.

Middlesbrough will be looking to draw on their win earlier in the season, where they beat Sunderland 2-1.

Riverside Boro

A Matter Of Time

Sunderland come into this fixture on the back of a draw, this time a 2-2 scoreline against West Ham.

Andre Ayew (5) opened the scoring for the Hammers very early on, with Bilic's side going up 1-0.

Wahab Khazri (26) equalised for the home side just 20 minutes later, with West Ham's defensive frailties exposed.

James Collins (47) gave West Ham the lead for the second time in the match, with the defender scoring a rare goal.

Fabio Borini (90) equalised again for Sunderland to make it 2-2, ultimately rescuing a point for Sunderland.

Tough Season So Far

David Moyes side have had a tough season, but they are now running out of time to pull off another miraculous escape.

They come into the match in poor form, with four defeats in their last six matches they are all but doomed.

Sunderland find themselves bottom of the Premier League on 21 points, they are twelve points from safety.

With just six matches available, time is running out and they have won just five games all season.

Big Test For Sunderland

The Black Cats come into this match as underdogs, despite Middlesbrough struggling as well.

The match against Middlesbrough will be an excellent opportunity for Sunderland, with Boro in poor form.

Sunderland will be looking to draw on their overall record against Boro, winning 48 of 106 meetings.

Sunderland are 23/10 with Jermain Defoe at 5/1 to open the scoring.

 

 

Betting Tips

Tip 1 – Benteke to score first @ 15/2 and Palace to win 3-2 @ 40/1

Tip 2 – Negredo to score first @ 4/1 and a 2-2 draw @ 12/1

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