Sky Sports pundit states his prediction for Tottenham v Crystal Palace

Charlie Nicholas is tipping Tottenham to claim a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday

Mauricio Pochettino
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Charlie Nicholas is tipping Tottenham Hotspur to claim a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.

Spurs head into the game looking to return to winning ways in the Premier League after they were pegged back and held to a 2-2 draw by Arsenal in the north London derby before the international break.

Tottenham were 2-0 up at The Emirates in the first half but ended up having to settle for a point as Unai Emery’s side battled back to earn a draw.

The Lilywhites are now preparing for their home clash against Crystal Palace this weekend as they bid to try and claim all three points and return to winning ways.

And former Arsenal star Nicholas is tipping the north London side to claim a victory in front of their home fans over the Eagles and get their campaign back on track.

Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Nicholas said: “Tottenham are finding it difficult to be as solid defensively – they lost 13 league games last year. Crystal Palace won at Old Trafford and played well for it.

“Gary Cahill has improved them defensively, and because these things start to develop, you can see them in action.

“Tottenham came from behind at home to Aston Villa, they blew it against Arsenal, they got lucky against Man City and they got beat by Newcastle, so it is not looking great at the moment.

“It will be another long day for their supporters. It will be a stifled counter-attack performance from Palace – it will be an awkward day but they will get there in the end.”

Tottenham will return to Champions League action on Wednesday night when they travel to Greece to take on Olympiakos in their group stage opener.

The Lilywhites are still aiming to win their first major trophy under Mauricio Pochettino despite having made some impressive progress in recent years.

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