Spurs v Crystal Palace in the English Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Saturday 14th September. Kick off at 3pm.
Where can I watch the match?
Surprising the match isn’t being shown live on terrestrial or other TV stations. Catch highlights on BBC Final Score and BT Sport Score.
Inconsistent sums up Tottenham’s recent form coming out of the international break, getting essential points away to Manchester City and Arsenal. Only to drop three points playing at home to Newcastle who sit 5 places lower in the league. Perhaps Champions League football is taking it’s toll on Spurs.
Roy Hodgson’s Palace have had a surprising start to the season currently sitting 5 places higher than Spurs and 4th in the Premiership table. Picking up wins against Man City, Arsenal and Manchester United Crystal Palace are looking solid. One of the only big teams Palace have not succeeded in beating recently is Tottenham. Arguably recent form is favouring Crystal Palace.
Head to head
Crystal Palace have not won any of their last seven away Premier League games against Spurs with no goals scored in each of the last 6 matches.
Tottenham have won eight of the previous matches against Crystal Palace in the Premiership and 10 of the last 12 league games played since Palace got promoted in 2013.
Spurs have notched up 30 wins against the Eagles in recent years. Whereas the Eagles achieved just 12 victories.
White Hart proved a difficult venue for Crystal Palace, who only beat Spurs once at the iconic stadium, whit Neil Shipperley’s winning goal in November 1997. Palace are looking to set the record straight at the new Tottenham stadium.
Mauricio Pochettino has injury concerns with Giovani Lo Celso suffering a hip injury on international duty for Argentina, playing Chile in Los Angeles. That’s a dent to the attacking capabilities of Pochettino’s midfield.
Club captain Hugo Lloris has been ruled out with a hamstring injury.
Tanguy Ndombele has a thigh injury. Although minor the injury has prompted rumours that the midfielding Frenchmen will be left out of the clash with Crystal Palace. Less option in Midfield for Spurs.
Kyle Walker-Peters picked up a hamstring injury against Newcastle. The 22 year old is Pochettino’s first choice for right-back following Kieren Trippier’s move to Atletico Madrid, and, is likely available for the match.
Eric Dier has a 50/50 chance of playing after suffering a hip injury.
Juan Foyth is out until September with an ankle injury.
Roy Hodgson’s has limited cover in some positions. Mamadou Sakho at centre back and James Tomkins in defense are both out with long term injuries leaves large holes in defense.
On balance Crystal Palace seems to have an edge where injury is concerned, but, expect renewed vigor from Christian Eriksen after his return from the Euro 2020 qualifiers with service at Tottenham expected until January 202o at least. With Son Heung-Min, Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen all available Spurs may exploit Hodgson’s defensive vulnerabilities.
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