Palace Transition To Take The Next Step With The Visit Of League Leaders Spurs

An early kick off at Selhurst gets the Premier League back underway after the international break, and it is that which Palace boss Patrick Vieira may be looking to take advantage of with a number of notable absences in the visitors ranks.

DATE

11th September 2021

KICK OFF

12.30pm

VENUE

Selhurst Park, Holmesdale Road, London SE25 6PU

LAST TIME

Spurs last travelled to South London in December 2020 and it was Harry Kane that gave the visitors the lead at the break but Palace battled back to grab a deserved point thanks to Jeffrey Schlupp popping up with less than ten minutes of the game to go.

WHO SCORED MAN OF THE MATCH – Harry Kane (8.0)

OFFICIALS

Referee: Jonathan Moss. Assistants: Marc Perry, Timothy Wood. Fourth official: Tony Harrington. VAR: Jarred Gillett. Assistant VAR: Lee Betts

TEAM NEWS

PALACE –  Odsonne Edouard and Micheal Olise are pushing to make their debuts while Luka Milivojevic is back in contention. Eberechi Eze remains on the sidelines.

SPURS – Giovani Lo Celso, Cristian Romero and Davinson Sanchez all miss out due to COVID protocols while Son Heung-Min is struggling with a calf injury.

DISCIPLINARY

RED CARDS – none

YELLOW CARDS (+2) – Oliver Skipp, Harry Kane

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  •  07/03/2021 Tottenham 4-1 Palace
  • 13/12/2020 Palace 1-1 Tottenham
  • 26/07/2020 Palace 1-1 Tottenham
  • 14/09/2019 Tottenham 4-0 Palace
  • 03/04/2019 Tottenham 2-0 Palace

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 28/08/2021 West Ham 2-2 Palace
  • 24/08/2021 Watford 1-0 Palace
  • 21/08/2021 Palace 0-0 Brentford
  • 14/08/2021 Chelsea 3-0 Palace
  • 07/08/2021 Palace 3-1 Watford

Last FIVE results for Spurs;

  • 29/08/2021 Spurs 1-0 Watford
  • 26/08/2021 Spurs 3-0 P D Ferreria
  • 22/08/2021Wolves 0-1 Spurs
  • 19/08/2021 P D Ferreira 1-0 Spurs
  • 15/08/2021 Spurs 1-0 Manchester City

RECORD AGAINST SPURS

  • Played 53
  • Won 10
  • Drawn 15
  • Lost 28

FORM PLAYERS ACCORDING TO WHO SCORED

  • Conor Gallagher 8.09
  • Hugo Lloris 7.46
  • Son Heung-Min 7.40
  • James McArthur 7.05

ONE TO WATCH

DELE ALLI

FORMER CLUBS – City Colts, Milton Keynes Dons

After what seemed like an age out in the cold under Jose Mourinho, Alli has been a big part of Spurs’ great start to the season. It is clear that new boss Nuno Espirito Santo rates him and sees the 25-year-old playing a part in the future of the club.

KEY CLASH

MARC GUEHI v HARRY KANE

With both returning from international duty, and both having captained their England this week, this will be a real test for Guehi who has had an impressive start to his Palace career. There is no doubting that the Palace centre back will relish testing himself against Kane who himself is working his way back in club football after returning late from his summer exertions.

PRE-MATCH FACTS

  • Palace are without a victory in 12 Premier League meetings since January 2015
  • Palace have won 1 of their 16 league matches against Spurs since returning to the Premier League in 2013
  • Tottenham could earn a 13th top-flight away victory at Palace, the most by any club
  • Palace are the first side to start a top-flight campaign with 4 consecutive London derbies. They are without a win in their last 11 such games in the Premier League
  • Palace have had the fewest shots (20) and shots on target (5) of any team in the top flight this season
  • Wilfried Zaha has failed to register a goal or assist in 12 Premier League games against Spurs
  • Jordan Ayew celebrates his 30th birthday on the day of this match and has gone 30 Premier League games without a goal

PRE-MATCH STATS

  • GOALS – Conor Gallagher (2 – 5th in PL)
  • ASSISTS – Christian Benteke (1 – 9th in PL)
  • PASSES – Marc Guehi (197 – 13th in PL)
  • TACKLES – Jordan Ayew/ James McArthur (6)
  • TOUCHES – Marc Guehi (232)
  • SHOTS – Christian Benteke/ Conor Gallagher (4)
  • SAVES – Vicente Guaita (8 – 10th in PL)

OPPOSITION VIEW COURTESY OF KEVIN DE VRIES

“Spurs are top of the table, but that will not mean a thing come Saturday. In fact, the phrase ‘playing them at the right time’ has rarely been so accurate. Impressively, Tottenham have managed to lose quite a lot during the international break, with three of our better players in Croatia to start travel and quarantine restrictions, and injuries of varying degrees to Son, Skipp, Bergwijn, and Sessegnon. All told, Spurs could be without 4 of the 11 players that have led the club to such a great start.

Of course, we will still field a fairly strong team, but we may see two players making their Premier League debuts in Bryan Gil and Emerson Royal. One of those will likely be handed the unenviable task of trying to contain Wilfried Zaha. After some terrific summer business, there’s far more to be worried about than just Zaha at Palace. Edouard and Anderson are both players I would have loved at Spurs, Guehi was one of the best defenders in the Championship last season, Gallagher is already doing well and I’m sure I’m still missing others!  

Given all of that, and with the Chelsea match looming next weekend, I’d honestly be more surprised if Palace didn’t get a result than if they did.”

PREDICTION

With players from both sides returning from international duty, this early kick off will be a test for many of them but with Spurs missing some names due to injury and Palace having players at their disposal, this could be an intriguing match-up. We are backing the Eagles to follow up their point against the Hammers by holding the league leaders.

FINAL SCORE: 1-1

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 10/3
  • Draw – 23/10
  • Away – 9/10
  • Both teams to score – 20/23

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