Match Preview – Crystal Palace (A)

After the best possible start to the Premier League campaign in 2015, Spurs will be looking to continue their recent form as they travel to face Crystal Palace this weekend. The hosts begin their league campaign under new boss Alan Pardew on Saturday, something Pochettino has highlighted as a potential stumbling block for the away side ahead of the game.

Venue: Selhurst Park

Kick-Off: 5:30pm

Television Coverage: Sky Sports 1

Stats (via BBC Sport)

Crystal Palace have only won one of their last six home games against Tottenham (W1, D1, L4). Spurs did the double over Palace last season. Palace have won only one of the last seven matches they have played against Spurs in all competitions (W1, D2, L4) and have not scored in any of the last four.

Spurs have won four of their last five Premier League matches and are unbeaten in six – only the two Manchester clubs are in a better current run of form. Tottenham have not kept a clean sheet away from home since the opening day of the season when they won 1-0 at West Ham. Spurs have conceded more penalties than any other club in the top flight (five). They have recovered a league-high 12 points from losing positions. Harry Kane has scored five goals in his last five league games. He has 17 goals in all competitions this season; only Sergio Aguero (19) has more for a Premier League side.

Opposition focus

Palace are without a win in their last eight league matches, the worst current such run in the top flight. The Eagles haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last six home league matches. They have scored one first-half goal in their last seven Premier League matches and have failed to score in five of their last seven. Palace have committed more fouls than any other team in the Premier League this season (270).

Team News

Tottenham are without Nabil Bentaleb as he begins his African Cup of Nations campaign with Algeria. Erik Lamela is missing after confirming he is still working towards a return to fitness from his calf injury. Ryan Mason is another absentee, after his hamstring issue in the win against Chelsea continues to be an issue.

Predictions

Starting XI – Lloris, Walker, Fazio, Vertonghen, Rose, Dembélé, Stambouli, Townsend, Eriksen, Chadli, Kane

Score

Crystal Palace 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

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One thought on “Match Preview – Crystal Palace (A)

  1. Sean T says:

    Palace’s strength is out wide and the way Rose has gotten destroyed defensively recently is a little concerning.

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