Eagles Face Tough Test Against Table Topping Spurs

In what will be the first game at Selhurst Park with fans in attendance since the victory over Watford back in early March, Palace face a tough test as they entertain top of the table Spurs.

DATE

13th December 2020

KICK OFF

2.15pm

VENUE

Selhurst Park Stadium, Holmesdale Road, Selhurst, London SE25 6PU

LAST TIME

Spurs last came to visit back in July on the final day of the 2019/20 campaign. It has been a tough run of consecutive losses for the Eagles which looked like continuing after Harry Kane gave the visitors the lead early on but Jeffrey Schlupp popped up after the break to equalise and ensure the points were shared.

WHO SCORED MAN OF THE MATCH – Lucas Moura (7.7)

OFFICIALS

REFEREEKevin Friend

ASSISTANTSSimon Beck, Harry Lennard, Tim Robinson (fourth official)

VARSimon Hooper, Andy Halliday (assistant)

INJURY CONCERNS

PALACE – Connor Wickham, Martin Kelly, Wayne Hennessey, Nathan Ferguson

SPURS – Serge Aurier, Erik Lamela

SUSPENSIONS

None

DISCIPLINARY

RED CARDS – Luka Milivojevic (1)

YELLOW CARDS (2+) – James McArthur (3), Jeffrey Schlupp (2), Joel Ward (2), Vicente Guaita (2), Wilfried Zaha (2), Giovani Lo Celso (2), Sergio Reguilon (2), Tanguy Ndombele (2)

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 26/07/2020 Crystal Palace 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
  • 14/09/2019 Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Crystal Palace
  • 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

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 06/12/2020 West Bromwich Albion 1-5 Crystal Palace
  • 27/11/2020 Crystal Palace 0-2 Newcastle United
  • 23/11/2020 Burnley 1-0 Crystal Palace
  • 07/11/2020 Crystal Palace 4-1 Leeds United
  • 30/10/2020 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Crystal Palace

Last FIVE results for Spurs;

  • 10/12/2020 Tottenham Hotspur 2–0 Royal Antwerp
  • 06/12/2020 Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Arsenal
  • 03/12/2020 LASK 3-3 Tottenham Hotspur
  • 29/11/2020 Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur
  • 26/11/2020 Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Ludogorets Razgrad

RECORD AGAINST SPURS

  • Played 51
  • Won 10
  • Drawn 14
  • Lost 27

FORM PLAYERS COURTESY OF WHO SCORED

  • Harry Kane 8.07
  • Son Hueng-Min 7.68
  • Wilfried Zaha 7.29
  • Andros Townsend 7.13

ONE TO WATCH

SON HEUNG-MIN

FORMER CLUBS – FC Seoul, Hamburger SV, Bayer Leverkusen

Palace know only too well what the South Korean is capable of after his quick fire double in a convincing defeat for the Eagles away from home last season. After another classy strike in the North London derby last weekend, the Palace backline will need to be at their best to keep him quiet.

KEY CLASH

WILFRIED ZAHA v SERGIO REGUILON

With Zaha returning to the starting line up and bagging a brace against the Baggies, it will be interesting to see how Jose Mourinho decides to dampen any influence the Ivory Coast international will have on this game. The recent acquisition from Real Madrid has been in fine form and will likely play a role in trying to keep Wilf quiet.

PRE-MATCH FACTS

  • Spurs have kept a clean sheet in their last 4 league matches
  • Palace are unbeaten against Spurs at Selhurst in two league games
  • Spurs have won 5 of their last 6 league matches
  • There has only been 1 draw between the two sides since 2014

PRE-MATCH STATS

  • GOALS – Wilfried Zaha (7 – 7th in Premier League)
  • ASSISTS – Andros Townsend, Wilfried Zaha, Eberechi Eze
  • PASSES – Cheikhou Kouyate (426)
  • TACKLES – Andros Townsend (28 – 10th in Premier League)
  • TOUCHES – Andros Townsend (564)
  • SHOTS – Wilfried Zaha (24 – 15th in Premier League)
  • SAVES – Vicente Guaita (33 – 8th in Premier League)

PREDICTION

With Spurs topping the table and progressing from the group stages in the Europa League during the week, this will be another game in an already busy season for the North Londoners. However, they will be keen to keep their place as Premier League leaders but the impact of a Thursday night European fixture could play a part. Palace showed what they can be capable off against the ten men of West Brom last weekend and if they continue the same excitement and pace to their game, they will cause Spurs problems.

FINAL SCORE: 2-2

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 7/2
  • Draw – 11/4
  • Away – 4/6
  • Both teams to score – 3/4

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