Crystal Palace v Spurs Preview
On Friday, Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham Hotspur side target an eighth win of the Premier League season against the Eagles.
Tottenham Hotspur are enjoying a spectacular start to the 2023/24 Premier League season, and after 7 wins and 2 draws from their opening 9 matches, they are not only unbeaten, they are also currently at the summit of the table with 23 points. Spurs sit 2 points above reigning Champions Manchester City, who occupy second place.
Should the Lilywhites collect all three points against Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace in their latest league match on Friday evening, they will remain at the top of the Premier League table for at least another week. It could be even better for Spurs; if they get the win and other results go their way, they could extend the gap between themselves and their closest rivals.
Rewind to the start of the current campaign, and Tottenham got 4 points from their first 2 matches. On the opening day, goals from Cristian Romero (11’) and Emerson Royal (45+4’) ensured a point in a 2 – 2 draw at the Gtech Community Stadium against Brentford. Bryan Mbeumo (27’) and Yoane Wissa (36′) found the back of the net for Thomas Frank’s team that day.
This was followed up by a statement victory against Manchester United in their first game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this season. Postecoglou’s side won 2 – 0 after a goal from Pape Matar Sarr and an own goal from United central defender Lisandro Martinez (83’).
After another 2 – 0 victory, this time on the South Coast against Andoni Iraola’s AFC Bournemouth, Spurs recorded their most emphatic win of the 2023/24 Premier League season as of the time of writing against Burnley.
Vincent Kompany’s Clarets were beaten 5 – 2 at Turf Moor, with Spurs ruthless on the day. Son Heung-Min scored a hat-trick, whilst Cristian Romero (45+2’) also found the back of the Burnley net. A 2 – 1 comeback victory at home against Paul Heckingbottom’s newly promoted Sheffield United followed.
In the first North London Derby of the season at the Emirates Stadium against Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal, Tottenham performed admirably and got a 2 – 2 draw. Both goals came through Son Heung-Min (42’, 55’). As for the Gunners, they scored through Bukayo Saka (54’) and a Cristian Romero own goal (26’).
Another particularly eye-catching result came in Tottenham Hotspur’s next game, which was played at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium against Liverpool. After Son gave the home side an advantage just after the half-hour mark, Cody Gakpo equalised for Jurgen Klopp’s side in first-half stoppage time (45+4). Then, an own goal from Reds central defender Joel Matip with mere seconds of the game remaining in the second half (90+6’) meant that Spurs secured a 2 – 1 win against top four rivals Liverpool.
After a strong performance in a 1 – 0 away win against newly promoted Luton Town at Kenilworth Road, Ange Postecoglou’s Spurs team played against Fulham at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in their most recent Premier League encounter.
It was a comfortable 2 – 0 win in North London for the Lilywhites, who scored through Son Heung-Min (36’) and 2023 Summer Signing James Maddison (54’).
Now we look ahead at Tottenham’s short trip to Selhurst Park to face Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace in their next Premier League match on Friday (27th) evening in a 20:00 kick-off.
Crystal Palace are currently 11th in the Premier League table with 12 points from 9 matches this season. In their most recent league match, the Eagles played against Newcastle United at St. James’ Park, losing 4 – 0.
The most recent encounter between these two London clubs took place in the Premier League on 6th May 2023 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The home side came away as 1 – 0 winners thanks to a goal from Harry Kane in first-half stoppage time (45+1’).
Including their first-ever competitive encounter on 6th October 1906, where Spurs won 3 – 0, the two clubs have met on 63 occasions over the years. Tottenham Hotspur has the superior record of 35 wins compared to Crystal Palace’s 13. There have been 15 draws between the Lilywhites and the Eagles as of the time of writing.
After their game at Selhurst Park, Tottenham’s next Premier League fixture will see them go head to head with rivals Chelsea, led by former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino. The game will be contested at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Monday 6th November in an 8pm kick-off.
The next home game after that will be against Unai Emery’s Aston Villa on Sunday, 26th November in a 2pm kick-off.
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