Crystal Palace 1 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur Review

Spurs first goal v Palace

Ange Postecoglou’s Spurs side remains unbeaten and at the summit of the Premier League after a win against the Eagles on Friday.

Tottenham looked to continue their incredible start to the 2023/24 Premier League season on Friday when they took the short trip to South London to face Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. It was a comfortable 2 – 1 victory for the Lilywhites in the end, and they have now recorded their 8th win of the campaign.

Ange Postecoglou’s team have now accumulated 26 points and sit top of the table, two points ahead of Arsenal and Manchester City, who occupy second and third respectively. This means the Australian may have his side in a title race, but they are at least amongst the leading contenders for a spot in the top four.

Out of their ten games so far in the Premier League season, Spurs are unbeaten, and they have only drawn two matches. Their first draw came on the opening day when they drew 2 – 2 against Brentford at the Gtech Community Stadium. The other draw was also 2 – 2, this time in the North London Derby against Arsenal at the Emirates.

Tottenham’s maiden win came in their first game back at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium against Erik Ten Hag’s Manchester United. Pape Matar Sarr (49’) and an own goal from United’s Argentine central defender Lisandro Martinez (83’) ensured a statement three points for the North London side.

Another win followed by the same score line in the following match, with their opponents on this occasion being Andoni Iraola’s Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium. Then, an emphatic 5 – 2 victory against a Burnley side led by Vincent Kompany made it three consecutive Premier League victories for Tottenham.

Yet another top-flight win would then come in the form of a 2 – 1 comeback win at home against Paul Heckingbottom and his newly promoted Sheffield United side. Two late goals from Richarlison (90+8’) and Dejan Kulusevski (90+10’) got the win.

Another eye-catching win came against Liverpool after the North London Derby, with a 1-0 success against Luton and a 2 – 0 win against Fulham.

Now, we move on to Tottenham Hotspur’s most recent league match against Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace on Friday night.

Despite Spurs’ form, Palace created the first couple of chances to open the scoring. Jordan Ayew had an early effort that looked destined for the bottom right corner, only for Guglielmo Vicario to make a fantastic save to deny him (6’). Odsonne Edouard was also denied by the Italian stopper just a few moments later (7’).

The first time Spurs came agonisingly close to taking the lead came just after the 20-minute mark when Richarlison, after receiving the ball from James Maddison, saw his effort on goal fly narrowly wide of the left post (20’).

Aside from these significant opportunities, the first half was not full of chances, and the game was level at 0 – 0 going into the half-time interval.

It did not take long for the opening goal of the game to come in the second half. After some great play from Spurs, James Maddison fired the ball across the Palace penalty area, and the ball was turned into the back of his own net by Eagles defender Joe Ward. 1 – 0 to Tottenham (53’).

Son Heung-Min is Spurs’ leading goal scorer in the league, and he added to his tally when he doubled the away side’s advantage with barely more than 20 minutes of the match remaining. It was a well-worked goal, with the ball finding Brennan Johnson, who found the South Korean who scored from close range (66’).

Full-backs Emerson Royal and Pedro Porro were denied late in the match. Firstly, Emerson had a shot blocked from within the penalty area before Porro had a long-range effort blocked by the Eagles’ defenders (75’).

Once the game got into stoppage time in the second half, Son and Rodrigo Bentancur were both denied with blocks, so it remained 2 – 0 (90+1’).

The deficit was, however, halved by Palace a couple of minutes later when ex-Aston Villa and current Eagles forward Jordan Ayew found the net with a good finish (90+4’). It did make for a slightly tense final few moments for Spurs in the game, but they were able to hold out for the win at the final whistle with relative ease.

Tottenham Hotspur’s next game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will be against London rivals Chelsea, led by former Lilywhites boss Mauricio Pochettino. The game is set to take place in North London on Monday 6th November (8pm Kick-Off).

After a game against Gary O’Neil’s Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux, Spurs next home game after Chelsea will be against an Aston Villa side led by Unai Emery. This match will be played on Sunday, 26th November 2023 in a 2pm kick-off.

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