The date and opponent of the first game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium have finally been confirmed by the club. Spurs will face Crystal Palace on Wednesday 3rd April in the first Premier League fixture at their new home.
The news was confirmed after Brighton progressed to the semi-finals of the FA Cup by beating Millwall on Sunday 17th March. The Premier League fixture between Spurs and the Seagulls was scheduled to take place on the 7th April. However, because Brighton will be involved in the FA Cup semi-final versus Spurs’ Champions League opponents Manchester City, they will now take on Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on the 23rd April.
The first match in the 62,062 capacity ground will undoubtedly be an occasion to remember as Spurs return to their home after almost two years of playing at Wembley Stadium. Their opponents are in a Premier League relegation scrap so will be fighting for the three points against Spurs in front of a packed out home crowd.
It was also confirmed by the club on 19th March that the first game at Spurs New Stadium would kick off at 19:45, with an Opening Ceremony taking place for twenty to thirty minutes before kick-off.
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Here we take a look at some of the more memorable fixtures Spurs have played against Crystal Palace in the past.
Crystal Palace 1-3 Spurs – 23rd January 2016
Spurs goals: Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Nacer Chadli
This game will be remembered for the wondergoal scored by Dele Alli in the second half.
Crystal Palace, who at the time were managed by Alan Pardew, went ahead in the first half after an own goal from Jan Vertonghen.
However, Spurs profited from the introduction of Nacer Chadli who provided Harry Kane with the deserved equalising goal just over the hour mark.
From then on it was all about a moment of magic from nineteen-year-old Dele Alli. He showed brilliant composure to take a touch around 25 yards out before flicking the ball over the head of Mile Jedinak and the firing in an unstoppable shot from Wayne Hennessey.
Chadli grabbed a third in stoppage time with another great goal but the encounter was defined by Alli’s brilliant technique.
The victory maintained Spurs’ fourth-placed position in the Premier League table after twenty-three games. The nineteen goals that they had conceded in the campaign was, at that point, the fewest in the Premier League. It was also Spurs’ tenth unbeaten away Premier League match in a row, which was the first time this had been achieved since 1995.
Ten of the starting eleven that day are all still at the club, with Mousa Dembele being the only player to have left Spurs since then.
Lineup: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Dembele, Son, Eriksen, Alli, Kane
Substitutes: Vorm, Wimmer, Davies, Bentaleb, Carroll, Chadli, Lamela
Crystal Palace 1-3 Spurs – 28th March 1998
Spurs goals: Nicola Berti, Chris Armstrong and Jurgen Klinsmann
In the last game between Spurs and Crystal Palace in the twentieth century, Spurs bagged an important win at Selhurst Park thanks to three second-half goals.
Nicola Berti opened the scoring seven minutes into the second period after a goalless first half and his strike was followed by a quickfire double from Chris Armstrong and Jurgen Klinsmann.
Christian Gross was in the dugout for Spurs and there was a rare start for Algerian Moussa Saïb and Nicola Berti scored one of his three league goals for the club.
Spurs Lineup: Walker, Carr, Calderwood, Campbell, Vega, Wilson, Berti, Fox, Saib, Armstrong, Klinsmann
Crystal Palace 3-4 Spurs – 19th August 1980
Spurs goals: Garth Crooks (2), Steve Archibald, Glenn Hoddle
In the second game of the Division One season, Spurs overcame Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in an eventful 4-3 victory that saw two goals from Garth Crooks.
It was striker Crooks who gave Spurs a two-goal lead within the opening 20 minutes of the match before Vince Hilaire got one back for the home side.
Soon after Glenn Hoddle put Spurs two goals ahead again as the Lilywhites went in 3-1 up at the break. However, they were soon pegged back again through Neil Smillie in the second half yet the turning point came five minutes later. Palace’s first goalscorer Hilaire was sent off and within minutes Steve Archibald had put them the game to bed.
There was still time for a grandstand finish after a goal through Jim Cannon but Spurs held on to go top of Division One.
Spurs Lineup: Kendall, Hughton, Lacy, Perryman, Smith, Ardiles, Hoddle, Villa, Yorath, Archibald, Crooks.
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