Premier League Preview – Tottenham Hotspur
After going eight points clear with the home win against Huddersfield at the week, the shackles should now be off for the players to express themselves for the remainder of the season.
This is a fixture that should be a pleasure to play in being the first top class fixture to be played at the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium. With that, there will be plenty of build up with very little mention of Palace, so a result similar to that at Liverpool a few years back in Steven Gerrard’s final home game will be very welcome.
In all seriousness, away form has been excellent this season, goodness only knows where the Eagles would be without considering how poor the results at home have been. Roy Hodgson will no doubt set up his side to play on the counter by utilising the trickery and pace that this Palace team possesses in abundance.
While this is a big night for the hosts, this fixture is very important for them following their loss at Anfield on Sunday. The battle for third and fourth in the Premier League is becoming quite a battle and Spurs will not want to fall away with one eye on the up and coming Champions League quarter finals.
The match up should suit Palace perfectly and one that players such as Zaha, Batshuayi, Townsend, van Aanholt and Wan-Bissaka will relish on a brand new pitch which should be like a carpet.
CRYSTAL PALACE – Mamadou Sakho is the only injury concern for Roy Hodgson ahead of their trip across London.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR – Eric Dier and Harry Winks are both unavailable through injury while Serge Aurier is a doubt.
The last time the two sides met was in the FA Cup at Selhurst Park at the end of January. Two first half goals from Connor Wickham and Andros Townsend settled the tie and saw the Eagles safely through to the next round.
Who Scored man of the match – Cheikhou Kouyate (8.0)
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 27/01/2019 Crystal Palace 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur
- 10/11/2018 Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
- 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
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 30/03/2019 Crystal Palace 2-0 Huddersfield Town
- 16/03/2019 Watford 2-1 Crystal Palace
- 09/03/2019 Crystal Palace 1-2 Brighton & Hove Albion
- 02/03/2019 Burnley 1-3 Crystal Palace
- 27/02/2019 Crystal Palace 1-3 Manchester United
Last FIVE results for Spurs;
- 31/03/2019 Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
- 09/03/2019 Southampton 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
- 05/03/2019 Borussia Dortmund 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
- 02/03/2019 Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Arsenal
- 27/02/2019 Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur
THE RECORD AGAINST SPURS
- Played 48
- Won 10
- Drawn 13
- Lost 25
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Harry Kane 7.40
- Aaron Wan-Bissaka 7.24
- Luka Milivojevic 7.17
- Heung-Min Son 7.13
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – FC Seoul, Hamburger SV, Bayer Leverkusen
The Spurs number 7 has accumulated over a century of appearances for the North London outfit since joining in 2015 from Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen. In Germany he managed a goal ration of one in three and the South Korean has maintained that in his time in the Premier League, which he has matched internationally. He has proved a reliable option for Spurs particularly when injuries have struck but he is a very dangerous player on his day with an eye for goal and bags of pace. With 11 Premier League goals to his name this season, he will be keen for that to continue, particularly on opening night at their new stadium.
All eyes will be on the hosts for this game but Palace have provide time and time again they should not be underestimated, particularly away from home.
- TEB prediction – draw
- Alasdair Gold’s prediction (see link below) – home win
- Who Scored prediction – home win
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – 4/9
- Draw – 7/2
- Away – 11/2
- Both teams to score – 4/5