Premier League Preview and Prediction: Tottenham vs Crystal Palace

Competition: Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur vs. Crystal Palace

Venue: White Hart Lane – Sunday, September 20 – 13:30 BST (08:30 ET)

Match Odds: Spurs 1/1 – Draw 5/2 – Crystal Palace 13/5

Match Preview

Tottenham host Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon in a key London derby in the Premier League, with Spurs looking for a first home win of the season.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side recorded their first victory of the campaign at Sunderland last week, winning 1-0, and followed it up with a 3-1 Europa League win against Qarabag on Thursday evening.

Their midweek commitments affected them several times last year and Spurs fans will be desperately hoping that the same problems don’t arise here.

Tottenham’s 2015 Premier League record: P5 – W1 – D3 – L1

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They face a really tough task in sealing all three points this weekend against a Palace side that fear no side – a point they proved in fine style with their away win at Chelsea three weeks ago.

The narrow 1-0 loss to Manchester City last weekend was harsh and Alan Pardew will hope his side can bounce back with another impressive win in this derby game.

They have been incredible away from home under Pardew since the turn of the year and will be looking for a first league win at White Hart Lane since 1997.

Crystal Palace’s 2015 Premier League record: P5 – W3 – D0 – L2

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The last meeting between the two sides ended 2-1 to Palace at Selhurst Park so this is far from being a one-sided affair.

Team News

Tottenham are struggling for options in midfield as Christian Eriksen remains out, while Moussa Dembele, Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason and Eric Dier are all doubtful. Heung Min Son will expect to start his first home league game.

Crystal Palace have several injury concerns. Frazier Campbell, Kwesi Appiah, Marouane Chamakh and Joel Ward are all out. Jason Puncheon, Connor Wickham, Damien Delaney and Joe Ledley are doubts.

Key Points

Tottenham’s last five: L/D/D/D/W

Crystal Palace’s last five: W/L/W/W/L

Key Stat: Crystal Palace have won five of their last six away games in the Premier League.

Key Player: Yohan Cabaye – The French midfielder could benefit from Spurs’ midfield injury problems by controlling the game from the Palace midfield and will look to shine here.

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Score Prediction

Spurs 1-1 Crystal Palace – Tough to split the two sides going into this key London derby. Spurs will be desperate for a win but Palace are a well organised outfit and shine on the road under Alan Pardew. A narrow draw could well be the outcome here.


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