Premier League Preview – Tottenham Hotspur
This weekend sees Palace return to their home away from home, Wembley Stadium.
Having spent many a ninety minutes and more at the home of English football, this time the Eagles visit for a league game rather than a semi final or a final to contest.
However, this trip will be no less daunting than any of the others that have gone before for Palace at the famous old stadium after hosts Tottenham Hotspur saw off the reigning Champions League holders in midweek.
It was a tremendous result for the North London side but it is back to league duty this week and Palace will be hoping that there will be a European hangover for the early Sunday kick off.
Palace themselves head to Wembley after snatching a last gasp point against West Ham United last weekend which still feels like a win rather then the solitary point that was gained. It could turn out to be a springboard for the season after what was a terrific second half comeback.
While many will see this fixture as one where there could be potential to get something after Spurs’ midweek exploits, it is the fixtures that come immediately after that the Eagles will no doubt be looking towards.
CRYSTAL PALACE – Patrick van Aanholt (hamstring), Lee Chung-yong (muscle), James McArthur (ankle), Mamadou Sakho (calf) are all doubts while Christian Benteke (knee) and Connor Wickham (knee) continue to be long term absentees.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR – Toby Alderweireld (hamstring) is a doubt while Victor Wanyama (knee) and Erik Lamela (hip) will miss out.
The two sides last met in April at Selhurst Park as Spurs ran out winners by a single goal scored by Christian Eriksen with a little over ten minutes left to play just when Palace were thinking they had done enough to secure a precious point.
Who Scored man of the match – Christian Eriksen (8.2)
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 26/04/2017 Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
- 20/08/2016 Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Crystal Palace
- 21/02/2016 Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Crystal Palace
- 23/01/2016 Crystal Palace 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur
- 20/09/2015 Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Crystal Palace
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 28/10/2017 Crystal Palace 2-2 West Ham United
- 24/10/2017 Bristol City 4-1 Crystal Palace
- 21/10/2017 Newcastle United 1-0 Crystal Palace
- 14/10/2017 Crystal Palace 2-1 Chelsea
- 30/09/2017 Manchester United 4-0 Crystal Palace
Last FIVE results for Spurs;
- 01/11/2017 Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Real Madrid
- 28/10/2017 Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur
- 25/10/2017 Tottenham Hotspur 2-3 West Ham United
- 22/10/2017 Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 Liverpool
- 17/10/2017 Real Madrid 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Harry Kane 8.01
- Ben Davies 7.54
- Ruben Loftus-Cheek 6.96
- Andros Townsend 6.92
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – Middelfart G&BK, OB, Ajax
The Danish international began his football career at a very young age at his hometown club of Middelfart in 1995 before moving to the OB youth set up in 2005. He soon caught the eye of Dutch giants Ajax with whom he signed for in 2008 and went on to make his professional debut in 2010. After 113 appearances and 25 goals, the attacking midfielder moved to Spurs in 2013 for a fee of £11million. To date he has made almost 150 appearances for the club and scored over thirty goals.
The 25 year old have appeared for Denmark at Under 17, 18, 19 and 21 levels before making his full international debut in 2010. He has gone on to amass over seventy caps and scoring eighteen goals.
Final league position – 5th
A lot will depend on how far Spurs will go in the Champions League and early form suggests that they may be there for some to come yet. That is likely to present a problem as the season goes on as there is a question mark over the depth of the squad. We all witnessed against Manchester United how they struggled without Harry Kane and if Dele Alli was to miss any game time their plan to finish in the top four could be hampered. There is no doubting that the Premier League will see another tight finish for the top six places this season and with their European commitments likely to go deep into the season, Spurs’ domestic ambitions could take a hit.
- TEB prediction – draw
- Who Scored prediction – home win
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – 1/4
- Draw – 5/1
- Away – 11/1
- Both teams to score – 4/5