Palace Looking To Build On Foundations Of Good Start To Season

It has been a enjoyable international break for a change which has been spent staring at the top four in the Premier League table. Time to see if that will last as the Eagles travel across London to take on an inconsistent Spurs side.

DATE

14th September 2019

KICK OFF

3pm

VENUE

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, 782 High Road, Tottenham, London N17 0BX

LAST SEASON

The two sides last met on the opening night of the much publicised brand new Spurs stadium back in April. South Korean striker Son Heung-Min broke the deadlock early into the second half before Christian Eriksen sealed all three points ten minutes from time.

OFFICIALS

Craig Pawson will take charge of the match assisted by Ian Hussin and Richard West while Michael Salisbury has been appointed fourth official. The VAR will be Jon Moss with assistant Eddie Smart.

INJURIES

PALACE – Martin Kelly is out while James Tomkins is doubtful. Mamadou Sakho is expected to at least be on the bench but with the absence of Kelly, may well be in line for a first start of the season.

SPURS – Juan Foyth and Giovani Lo Celso both miss out while Kyle Walker-Peters, Ryan Sessegnon, Tanguy Ndombele, Eric Dier and Davison Sanchez are all doubts.

SUSPENSIONS

None

DISCIPLINE

3 bookings – Luka Milivojevic

2 bookings – Danny Rose, Erik Lamela, Harry Winks

1 booking – Cheikhou Kouyate, Gary Cahill, James McCarthy, Max Meyer, Vicente Guaita, Wilfried Zaha, Christian Eriksen, Davison Sanchez

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 03/04/2019 Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Crystal Palace
  • 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

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 31/08/2019 Crystal Palace 1-0 Aston Villa
  • 27/08/2019 Crystal Palace 0-0 Colchester United
  • 24/08/2019 Manchester United 1-2 Crystal Palace
  • 18/08/2019 Sheffield United 1-0 Crystal Palace
  • 10/08/2019 Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton

Last FIVE results for Spurs;

  • 01/09/2019 Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur
  • 25/08/2019 Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Newcastle United
  • 17/08/2019 Manchester City 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur
  • 10/08/2019 Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Aston Villa
  • 04/08/2019 Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Inter Milan

RECORD AGAINST SPURS

  • Played – 49
  • Won – 10
  • Drawn – 13
  • Lost – 26

FORM PLAYERS

Top two rated players from each team so far this season according to Who Scored;

  • Hugo Lloris 7.20
  • Joel Ward 7.13
  • Lucas Moura 7.12
  • Patrick van Aanholt 6.98

ONE TO WATCH

TANGUY NDOMBELE

Former clubs – FC Epinay Sous Senart, FC d’Epinay Athletico, ESA Linas-Montlhery, Guingamp, Amiens, Lyon

The 22 year old French international arrived in North London in the summer in a Β£55million deal and made his debut in the Champions Cup against Juventus. The highly rated midfielder made his professional debut in 2016 for Amiens before being loaned to Lyon in 2017. The deal was made permanent in 2018 but his impressive performances in the French league saw a number of top clubs across Europe chase his signature. He made his international debut for France last October against Iceland.

KEY CLASH

GARY CAHILL v HARRY KANE

Two games in to his Palace career, Gary Cahill has already proved the doubters wrong who questioned the decision to sign him. He will have his work cut out up against Harry Kane who has been a little out of sorts for Spurs so far this season but hit the back of the net for England during the international break.

PRE-GAME STATS

  • Spurs have been drawing at half time and winning at full time in 6 of their last 7 matches against Palace in all competitions.
  • Palace have not scored in each of the last three games away from home againest Spurs.
  • Spurs have kept a clean sheet in 6 of their last 7 home games against Palace in all competitions.
  • This will be the 50th match up between the sides in all competitions.

PREDICTION

With Palace the top four side going into this fixture, a Spurs side that have not got going so far this season will face a real challenge. In all seriousness, this could well be the best time to play the North London side after mixed results in their opening two home games. There is no doubting that this remains a very tough game for the Eagles but after frustrating Manchester United a few weeks back, if Roy Hodgson can mastermind a similarly impressive performance, returning to South London with at least a point could be on the cards.

Final score: 1-1

OPPOSITION VIEW

Find out what former contributor and Spurs fan Kevin De Vries told TEB this week ahead of the match on the season so far and much more in the Opposition View.

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 1/3
  • Draw – 4/1
  • Away – 15/2
  • Both teams to score – 20/23

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