Sports Mole provides an overview of Saturday’s Premier League clash between Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur, including predictions, squad news and possible lineups.
Premier League table tops Tottenham Hotspur will look for a fourth win in as many appearances in Saturday’s London derby with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
Nuno Espirito SantoThe side won 1-0 against Watford ahead of the international break, while Palace saved a point in a 2-2 draw with West Ham United.
Facing a third London derby in as many weeks, Crystal Palace could only boast one point in their first two clashes with Chelsea and Brentford before making the trip to face an endemic West Ham side just before the break .
Twice Palace has fallen behind on strikes by Pablo Fornals and Michel antonio, but on two occasions they returned to the game thanks to a brace from Chelsea Loanee in the second half Conor Gallagher in a thrilling encounter at the London Stadium.
Still awaiting their first win of the season, signs were positive for Patrick VieiraThe capital’s new-look Palace team, although the 14th-ranked side must now face Spurs, Liverpool, Arsenal and Leicester City in the space of five weeks.
An early EFL Cup exit at Watford has dampened Palace morale somewhat, but after opening their account for the Premier League season on the third attempt, the Eagles will be looking to end poor league form that does not hold them back. have only seen two wins in their last 12 games.
The Eagles will make history this week as the first Premier League team to open a season with four London derbies trotting, but they can only boast five shots on target in their first three meetings before attempting to break Tottenham’s defensive resolve.
There was certainly an element of fortune in Spurs’ win in week three against Watford – with Son Heung-minThe free-kick eludes everyone before nestling in the net – but a third straight 1-0 league triumph is just a positive thing for Santo.
Having conducted their summer affairs with aplomb – while convincing Harry kane to put Manchester City dream on hold – Spurs are reaping the rewards of their summer of change and are the only team in the division to have won the most points in their first three games.
Spurs’ perfect record places them fairly high on the stack – two points ahead of the five teams currently sitting on seven points – and the Lilywhites have also secured a safe passage into the Europa League group stages despite a scare precocious against Pacos de Ferreira.
French powers Rennes await Spurs in their first group stage clash on Thursday night before Chelsea visit on September 19. the opportunity to stand even further from their rivals.
Tottenham travel to Selhurst Park for a 12-game unbeaten streak against Palace in the Premier League – winning 10 – although the last two meetings at Selhurst Park have seen the two clubs shake hands in a 1-1 draw.
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Crystal Palace boss Vieira is convinced that Luka Milivojevic will be ready to return in time for Saturday, while there is also optimism that Michel olise could make his club debut this weekend, but Jeffrey Schlupp will be missing with a hamstring problem.
The Eagles transfer company went straight to the wire as they struck late deals to Odsonne Edouard and Will hughes, both of whom should be in contention to feature here.
However, Christian Benteke will aim to retain its place at the top for now, while Wilfried Zaha will finally aim to break his scorer duck against Tottenham in the 13th attempt.
Meanwhile, the Tottenham trio Davinson sanchez, Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso can all expect fines for teaming up with their South American teams during the international break and will not be listed here due to quarantine.
Visitors were also scared of Son Heung-min, who withdrew from the South Korea squad with a tight calf, while Steven bergwijn, Olivier Skipp and Ryan sessegnon are also new concerns when it comes to injuries.
With Japhet Tanganga potentially substitute for Sanchez’s defense, Emerson Royal could make his debut for the club at right-back, while Bryan gil could take advantage of the possible absences of Son and Bergwijn.
Possible starting line-up from Crystal Palace:
Guaita; Ward, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; McArthur, Kouyaté, Gallagher; Ayew, Benteke, Zaha
Tottenham Hotspur, possible starting lineup:
Lloris ; Emerson, Tanganga, Dier, Réguilon; Hojbjerg, Clin d’oeil; Lucas, Alli, Gil; Kane
We say: Crystal Palace 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
A wave of new injuries and quarantine-related absences is hardly a recipe for Tottenham’s success this weekend, while the ludicrous situation surrounding Lo Celso and Romero’s Argentina-Brazil chaos is a whole other matter altogether. .
Spurs still have plenty of talent in their ranks capable of troubling a leaking Palace backline, but Vieira’s new signings can now start to freeze, and we can look to a third straight 1-1 draw between the two teams at Selhurst Park as Spurs perfect the start is drawing to a close.