Holloway is back in the Premier League after a previous unlucky stint with Blackpool which saw the Tangerines relegated on the final day of the season and the Eagles manager would gladly take a scenario which meant Crystal Palace had a fighting chance of remaining in the top flight come May.
They have been handed a home match for starters and a London derby should ensure an electric atmosphere in south London, although the bookies take a dim view of their chances when it comes to opening with three points and Palace can be backed at 4/1 with Coral.
Part of the problem is firepower for the Eagles, with Wilfried Zaha very much part of things at Manchester United and last season’s top scorer was Glenn Murray who remains sidelined through injury for several weeks yet.
Marouane Chamakh has recently arrived from Arsenal and will be jeered by the visiting supporters for being a Gunners reject although perhaps the Moroccan can enjoy a goal on his debut for the new club and BetVictor go 21/2 about him breaking the deadlock.
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas is hoping that his team can challenge for the Premier League title this term after narrowly missing out on the top four places last term although much depends on the club’s ability to retain the services of Bale.
It’s a battle that the north London club don’t appear to be winning according to the latest odds which suggest that the winger is heading for Real Madrid, although they are odds-on across the board to claim three points on Sunday without their star man.
BetVictor go 17/20 about an away win in front of the Sky Sports cameras and there are plenty of striking options for AVB who is virtually certain to hand Roberto Soldado his full debut and perhaps the Spaniard is the missing piece of the jigsaw in attack considering that Emmanuel Adebayor wasn’t cutting the mustard last term.
Soldado is a 9/2 chance to score the first goal of the game and his goal record for Valencia was impressive while he has targeted 20 in his first season of English football, while the pacy Aaron Lennon makes appeal at 16/1 considering the winger often finds himself in attacking positions.
Holloway has a reputation for playing attacking football and we’re expecting goals to be scored in this match, with Palace potentially throwing the kitchen sink at their opponents before coming off worse. A 3-2 win in favour of Tottenham makes more appeal than 1-0 and is a much bigger price, with the bookies quoting 25/1.