In what is the final game before the ‘Wayne Rooney’ international break, Palace entertain Spurs at Selhurst Park in Saturday’s late kick off.
The television cameras follow the red and blue for one more instalment before what is likely to be a few weeks off screen. We have to be honest, cameras have not been kind to us with just the point against Arsenal to show so perhaps the latest episode will end with an enthralling three points.
After spirited performances against Arsenal and Chelsea, either side of the Carabao Cup exit, Roy Hodgson will be keen to get the points column ticking over again heading into a break where it is hoped that Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham can make good progress to be close to returning ahead of the trip to Old Trafford.
In the meantime, it is a dilemma for Roy. Go with Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha up top while clearly having no confidence in the two strikers on the bench? Or will it be the option of Jordan Ayew as the lone striker that worked against Arsenal with what was an energetic Alexander Sorloth coming on for a twenty minute flourish?
Those options depend on whether Max Meyer is considered more important in this side that is struggling to find a regular goalscorer. That is the piece of the jigsaw that seems to be missing while the rest can fall into place around such a player – just look at the likes of West Ham United with Marko Arnautovic and Everton with Richarlison as examples. Without them, they are not the same and that is what we need, whether that comes in the shape of a returning Benteke, Wickham, Ayew or Sorloth – it doesn’t matter who.
While Hodgson and his coaching staff look to resolve such a pressing conundrum, the players need to find that level of consistency in front of goal heading into a run of fixtures that points will be expected from.
TEAM NEWS (courtesy of Physio Room)
CRYSTAL PALACE – Connor Wickham (thigh), Scott Dann (fitness), Christian Benteke (knee) and Joel Ward (muscular) are all expected to miss out.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR – Moussa Dembele (ankle) Victor Wanyama (knee), Danny Rose (groin), Jan Vertonghen (hamstring) and Vincent Janssen (foot) will not be available. Eric Dier (thigh) may face a late fitness test.
The last time the two sides met was back in February at Selhurst Park when Spurs took the obligatory single goal win thanks to a late goal from Harry Kane just when it looked like the hosts had done enough to secure a point.
Who scored man of the match – James Tomkins (7.6)
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 25/02/2018 Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
- 05/11/2017 Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Crystal Palace
- 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
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 04/11/2018 Chelsea 3-1 Crystal Palace
- 31/10/2018 Middlesbrough 1-0 Crystal Palace
- 28/10/2018 Crystal Palace 2-2 Arsenal
- 21/10/2018 Everton 2-0 Crystal palace
- 06/10/2018 Crystal Palace 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Last FIVE results for Spurs;
- 06/11/2018 Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 PSV Eindhoven
- 03/11/2018 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur
- 31/10/2018 West Ham United 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur
- 29/10/2018 Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Manchester City
- 24/10/2018 PSV Eindhoven 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Hugo Lloris 7.33
- Aaron Wan-Bissaka 7.32
- Harry Kane 7.26
- Luke Milivojevic 7.02
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – River Plate, Roma
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Lamela began his career at River Plate and went on to make his professional debut for them in 2009. His performances alerted the attentions of Serie A side Roma who made a move for him in 2011 in a deal worth 12 million Euros. After the club missed out on European competition for two consecutive seasons, Lamela left Italy for England to sign for Spurs who paid £25.8million in 2013.
The 26 year old has made over a century of appearances for the North London club and has over twenty international caps for his country. In recent weeks, he has found some form after finding his way back into the starting line up and could be a real threat to Palace in this match up should he continue in the same vein.
It would be too easy to predict a 1-0 win to either side having seen that result on the last four occassions they have met but this time around there is likely to be goals. A talented Spurs side travel to South London after a good midweek result in the Champions League keeping alive their hopes of progressing. Whether that has taken anything out of them, Palace fans can only hope but whatever the line up, it will be a challenge for the Eagles to walk away with any points. Having said that, Palace always play up to the top sides and this will be no different so we will go for a high scoring draw. 2-2.
- TEB prediction – draw
- Who Scored prediction – away win
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – 7/2
- Draw – 11/4
- Away – 4/5
- Both teams to score – 4/6
Find out what Kevin De Vries from the EPL Round Table podcast told TEB in our summer feature View From The Opposition