Match Preview – Crystal Palace (H)

Tottenham are back at home this weekend as they welcome Crystal Palace to White Hart Lane. Spurs faced a brief setback in midweek after the defeat Chelsea, at a time in which their Premier League form was beginning to change. Mauricio Pochettino will hope to get back to winning ways this Saturday, and no doubt Palace presents the perfect opportunity to claim three points.

Venue: White Hart Lane

Kick-Off: 3:00pm

Television Coverage – Not televised

Stats (via BBC Sport)

Tottenham completed a Premier League double over Crystal Palace last season. Palace’s sole Premier League win at White Hart Lane came in November 1997, Neil Shipperley scoring the decisive goal.

Tottenham have lost four Premier League games at White Hart Lane – only West Brom have suffered as many home defeats. Despite this, Mauricio Pochettino’s side have conceded only one league goal at home in the final half an hour of matches.
There have been at least three goals scored in each of Tottenham’s last seven league games. Christian Eriksen has created more goalscoring chances (28) without actually providing an assist than any other Premier League player this season.

Opposition focus

Their only league away win in seven attempts this season was 3-2 at Everton (W1, D3, L3). Palace have the Premier League’s joint-second worst away defensive record, conceding 13 goals. Neil Warnock’s side have gone eight game without a clean sheet – the joint-longest run in the league along with Stoke. The Eagles have lost all three London derbies so far this season. Mile Jedinak has scored three of Crystal Palace’s last six Premier League goals.

Star ManNabil Bentaleb

After a long spell out due to injury, the Algerian has slipped back into the starting XI with ease. Similar to the midfield that Pochettino formed at Southampton, the duo of Bentaleb and Mason are helping to adapt the Argentinian’s philosophy to Tottenham. The win against Everton illustrated perfectly how Bentaleb fits into this system, with his strong challenges and turn of pace perfect in conducting the counter-attacking style that was expected of Mauricio Pochettino at the club. The passion shown by the youngster at the full time whistle displayed just what youthful influence brings to the Premier League.

Last time out

Tottenham overcame Palace 2-0 at White Hart Lane in a game that saw many talking points. Jason Puncheon’s outrageous penalty miss early in the game resulted in vast mocking on social media for months to follow, with Tony Pulis in charge to see Spurs overpower his side in the second half. Christian Eriksen continued his player-of-the-season form to put the home side ahead, whilst Jermain Defoe scored his last ever goal for the club to complete the victory.

Injuries

Doubts – Kyle Naughton and Vlad Chiriches

Injured – Danny Rose (rib)

Predictions

Starting XI – Lloris, Dier, Vertonghen, Fazio, Davies, Bentaleb, Mason, Eriksen, Lennon, Kane, Soldado

Score – Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Crystal Palace

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