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Writers Prediction League: Tottenham Hotspur at Crystal Palace

The writers at Cartilage Free Captain predict the result for Tottenham Hotspur's match at Crystal Palace.

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Glory. Spurs faced the best team in the league in their last league match, as Chelsea arrived to White Hart Lane with the best defense in the league. But Tottenham tore the Blues apart, winning 5-3 to launch themselves into the thick of the race for top four places. The win brought Spurs up to 5th place, just two points from 4th and three points from third. Harry Kane was the star against Chelsea, showing the diversity in his game that allowed him to score twice, assist once, and draw a penalty. But can Spurs keep up their hot scoring form on the road against a desperate side this weekend?

In the way today is a trip to South London to face Crystal Palace, currently sitting 18th in the table. The Eagles have been felled by their home form so far, earning only eight points out of nine home games. Palace isn't helped by the departure of star players Mile Jedinak to the Asian Cup and Yannick Bolasie to the ACON. New manager Alan Pardew will hope to add goals to the Palace side, as they have been able to post clean sheets in their last two league matches, yet unable to score any goals in those matches themselves. Can Palace respond in their first league match under Pardew?

As for the Prediction League, only Bryan and Kevin foresaw Spurs beating Chelsea. The rules remain the same in the Prediction League -- one point for a correct prediction and a bonus point for getting the score correct. Here are the current standings:

Ben Daniels 16
Michael Caley 15
Ryan 13
Brett Rainbow 12
Dominic Wood 11
Salmon Chase 10
Kevin 10
Mechanick 9
Bryan A. 9
Dustin Gerber Martin 8
Skipjack 7

This week's predictions:

Dustin Gerber Martin: We're playing well right now and are on a good run of form! This worries me. Tottenham 2-1 Crystal Pardew

Kevin: Palace sucks, 3-0 Spurs

Mechanick: No Jedinak means big problems for Palace. So does Harry Kane. 3-0 Spurs

Ryan: The kraken has been unleashed! Feel the Fat Amy force! 3-1 Spurs.

Bryan A.: So can I get away with not making a prediction like Salmon did? If not, mark me down for 2-0 Spurs.

Salmon Chase: Prior to World War 1 there was a famous British military quote going around the states "whatever happens, we have the Maxim Gun" Having Harry Kane is a lot like having the Maxim Gun. I am a nerd. 2-0 Spurs.

Ben Daniels: Pardew is gonna get this team relegated, but we still can't keep a cleansheet. 2-1 Spurs.

Dominic Wood: 2-1 Spurs. Because I am unoriginal.

Michael Caley: 2-1 Spurs. I have a feeling this is not going to be fun.

Skipjack: Tottenham 3 - 1 Pardew, because all we've done this year is beat the crap out of Pardew, right? RIGHT?

Brett Rainbow: 4-0 Spurs, because of what Pardew said that one time.