Preview and Prediction: Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur

Alan Pardew will take charge of his first Premier League game with Crystal Palace on Saturday evening as Tottenham Hotspur travel across London to take on the Eagles at Selhurst Park.

Spurs will be in fine spirits after winning 5-3 against Chelsea in their last league game and are now on an unbeaten run of six in the league.

The same can’t be said for Crystal Palace who have not won a Premier League game in eight but they did win 4-0 against Dover in the FA Cup last weekend in Pardew’s first game.

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The former Newcastle boss will want to get off to a flying start and the home support at Selhurst Park will hope to have a major influence in the final result on Saturday night.

Crystal Palace’s home record: Played 9 – Won 2 – Drawn 2 – Lost 5

The reverse fixture at White Hart Lane saw the clubs draw 0-0 last month and Spurs will be made to work hard if they are to keep up their fine away record.

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Mauricio Pochettino’s side have the third best away record in the Premier League and have only lost at Chelsea and Manchester City so far.

Tottenham’s away record: Played 9 – Won 5 – Drawn 2 – Lost 2

Spurs have won four of their last five away league games 2-1 and a similar scoreline could be on the cards on Saturday.

Palace will be without top scorer Mile Jedinak as well as Yannick Bolasie, who is the tied assist leader in the side as both are away on international duty with Australia and DR Congo respectively.

Spurs will be without Nabil Bentaleb, who is with Algeria, while Ryan Mason and Erik Lamela are both doubts for Saturday’s game.

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Palace’s last win came at home against Liverpool in November and Eagles fans will be hoping to be cheering come the end of the final whistle as Alan Pardew kicks off another new era for the South London club.

Crystal Palace’s last five: D/L/L/D/D

Tottenham’s last five: W/W/W/D/W

Key Player: Harry Kane – The Spurs striker is in incredible form and has netted five in five in the league since these two last met. He’ll need to be stopped for Palace to succeed.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur


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