Crystal Palace v Spurs - Premier League Preview

Crystal Palace v Spurs – Premier League Preview

The Premier League returns this weekend as Spurs will aim to get a seventh victory in eight away matches when they travel to Selhurst Park. Spurs currently sit fourth in the table, five points off leaders Manchester City, and will be look to consolidate their place in the top four in the last Premier League game before the November international break.

After defeats to PSV Eindhoven and Manchester City, Spurs have done brilliantly to turn things around and win three on the bounce. Harry Kane’s two goals against PSV Eindhoven kept Spurs’ Champions League hopes alive and set his side up nicely for the match against Crystal Palace, with Spurs in good form and high spirits.

Crystal Palace, on the other hand, are looking for their first Premier League win in seven fixtures. Roy Hodgson’s side played well against Chelsea last weekend but were made to rue their missed chances in the first half as Alvaro Morata scored twice to give Chelsea a 3-1 win. They also picked up a spirited draw against Arsenal in the week before, but will know they face another tough test on Saturday against a confident Spurs side.

Crystal Palace v Spurs Team News

Mauricio Pochettino confirmed in his Thursday press conference that Mousa Dembele will be out until 2019, dealing a big blow for a Spurs side light in numbers in the centre of midfield. Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier have returned to training but it remains to be seen if both will be ready for the match on Saturday, particularly with international duty on the horizon.

Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose are still out for Spurs, with Rose expected to return to training after the internationals.

Roy Hodgson has the same squad to contend with as he did in Crystal Palace’s last match meaning Scott Dann, Connor Wickham, Christian Benteke, Pape Souare and Joel Ward are all out.

Former Spurs man Andros Townsend could continue in a central striker role for The Eagles after impressing there against Chelsea.

Crystal Palace v Spurs Predicted Line Up

Crystal Palace v Spurs - Predicted Team

Hugo Lloris will come into the team after missing out against PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday through suspension. Paulo Gazzaniga can consider himself very unlucky to be missing out after continually impressing in goal whenever he has been called upon for Spurs.

Kieran Trippier will return at right back after being rotated for Serge Aurier, whilst the rest of the defence should remain the same.

Moussa Sissoko could come into the centre of midfield, like he did against Wolves, or Christian Eriksen might be deployed in a deeper role. If fit, Eric Dier will return to the team but Pochettino may not want to rush him back after injury.

After coming on as a substitute in the Champions League, Erik Lamela will more than likely start against Crystal Palace. Dele Alli could be rested again despite starting on Tuesday, with Pochettino aiming to keep him as fresh as possible with the hectic December schedule on the horizon.

What the Managers Said

Spurs Manager Mauricio Pochettino

“We hope that from the beginning of January he (Mousa Dembele) will be ready. After it’s about the evolution, it’s very dynamic the evolution and how he’s going to recover. Always it’s about the patient, the player, and how he’s going to react after the injury. We hope he’ll be back as soon as possible and early in January to help the tea.”

“I think it (the 2-1 victory over PSV Eindhoven) was fantastic. We played really well and created a lot of chances. It was a night that was difficult from the beginning because we conceded a goal and then it was tough to score. I think it was a night that was, after that game, we feel well and happy because all the effort in the end we found the reward and fully deserved the victory. We are still alive, with the hope to be in the Champions League. If we win the two games and anything in football can happen, it’s only two games and then the next stage of the Champions League. You know me, I am so optimistic. I never give up and the team is going to be the same.”

“I am so optimistic that we can cope with another massive demand physically. Because when you watch Palace, it’s true that it’s in a tough period but they were so close to winning all the games. It will be tough but we’re confident we can get all three points. First of all we need to deserve and perform in our best way.” (football.london)

Crystal Palace Manager Roy Hodgson

“I always believed the group was capable of going on to bigger and better things, and that is what is happening. People are raving about Raheem Sterling, and he was showing his talent in 2012. To really become a Wayne Rooney, or Frank Lampard, or Steven Gerrard, or Ashley Cole, you have to get games behind you. Now these players are and the Rose, Walker, Dier, Kane, Alli, all these guys are getting that.” (football.london)

Crystal Palace One to Watch: Aaron Wan-Bissaka

After making his debut for Palace last season, the young right back has earned many plaudits for some excellent displays. As of last week, he had made more tackles than any other player in the Premier League this season and earned his first England under 21 cap last month. Roy Hodgson had to fend off questions about interest from Manchester City in Wan-Bissaka this week, showing that the Palace man could go all the way to the top.

Crystal Palace v Spurs Match Stats

  • Twenty-five of the last twenty-six Premier League goals between Spurs and Crystal Palace have been scored in the second half
  • Only one first half goal has been scored in the last 14 clashes between Spurs and Crystal Palace
  • Spurs have won their past five London derbies in the Premier League
  • Spurs have won their last six games versus Crystal Palace and have only conceded once in those encounters
  • Harry Kane has scored twenty-four goals in thirty-seven London derbies

Crystal Palace v Spurs Referee

Jonathan Moss will be the referee on Saturday. He has not been in charge of either Crystal Palace or Spurs so far this season but in the ten  matches he has refereed this campaign, he has given five penalties. Moss has also issued twenty-seven yellow cards and three red cards.

Interestingly, Crystal Palace have won twenty of the twenty-five matches in which he has refereed them across his career, with many of them being when Palace were in the Championship.

Crystal Palace v Spurs Predicted Score

All the form stats suggest that Spurs will win this one but, as we know, there are no easy games in the Premier League. Wilfried Zaha is capable of winning a game by himself so Spurs will have to keep him quiet if they want to get something from the match. However, after being boosted by the victory against PSV, we expect Spurs to do the business at Selhurst Park. A clean sheet is also due!

Our prediction is Crystal Palace 0-1 Spurs.


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