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With every fan in the world eagerly awaiting the return of the Premier League, the Spurs faithful weren’t going to be much different. Twitter has been flooded with excitement over its return and with news of the Arsenal result today; Sunday’s away game at Palace carries that little bit of additional spice as Tottenham hope to start the season off strongly.
Tottenham travel the short distance to Selhurst Park this Sunday (home to Premier League new boys Crystal Palace) in the first London derby of the new season. Premier League official Mark Clattenburg is to take charge of the affair. Palace have enjoyed a mixed pre-season with strong displays against weak opposition such as Gillingham and Waterford however when faced against stronger sides such as Lazio (whom Tottenham faced in last season’s Europa League) they came up short suffering to a Miroslav Klose goal in a 1-0 defeat.
Tottenham go into the opener with some injury concerns including the German youngster Lewis Holtby – whom Andre Villas-Boas confirmed will miss the fixture. AVB told media that Jan Vertonghen will face a late fitness check however remains a doubt to face Ian Holloway’s side with Kaboul and Sandro to be involved after making their returns against Espanyol in Pre-Season. The Portuguese boss confirmed to Sky Sports this week that Gareth Bale will not be involved against the newly promoted Crystal Palace and with this on-going saga, it wasn’t going to be too much of a surprise to hear of his exclusion.
Hugo Lloris is expected to reprise his role in goal with new Tottenham number two Kyle Walker and Danny Rose certain to feature on either full-back side. New Spurs signing Etienne Capoue will be involved in the squad despite playing in midweek for France and could challenge for a role in the side. New boys Paulinho, Chadli and Soldado are all also expected to feature in AVB’s starting XI. Emmanuel Adebayor looks to return also after taking time off to attend his brother’s funeral.
For Palace, French left-back Florian Marange is expected to be involved after signing for the Londoners this Friday. A long list of new faces are to change the face of the former Championship side including Neil Alexander, Marouane Chamakh, Elliott Grandin, Kevin Phillips (whom signed a new contract this summer), Jose Campana, Dwight Gayle and former Swansea player Stephen Dobbie. The only real concern for the Eagles is Jerome Thomas is out with an ankle injury.
I personally expect Tottenham to risk Kaboul. He has told media that he is ‘stronger than ever’ this week and from what I saw against Espanyol – he is capable to return to the Premier League after over a year out. As confirmed by Tottenham this week – Paulinho will wear the number 8 shirt, Chadli is to don the number 21, Etienne Capoue – 15, Soldado will continue to wear number 9 and additional changes include Parker to 6 (if he is still around the squad), Walker from 28 to 2, Tom Carroll is to wear number 28 with Andros Townsend in the number 17 shirt.
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Predicted Score – Crystal Palace 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur (Soldado x2, Sigurdsson)
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