Crystal Palace-Tottenham Hotspur Preview
Looking to build on a solid second-half performance from their opener, Tottenham Hotspur begin the home portion of their 2016-17 Premier League campaign Saturday against Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane.
Mauricio Pochettino's club endured a summer of stability while adding defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama and Dutch international striker Vincent Janssen, both of whom featured in their 1-1 draw with Everton at Goodison Park last weekend.
It was a nightmare start as Spurs fell behind after only five minutes thanks to a goal from Ross Barkley. But they turned things around to dominate the final 40 minutes and drew the equaliser just before the hour mark on the strength of a goal from Erik Lamela.
Despite rescuing a point, things took a turn for the worse as starting goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was forced off due to injury in the 36th minute. Michel Vorm replaced the Frenchman and is set to slot in for Lloris, who is out of action for four weeks with a hamstring injury.
"You see the way we train and I work hard every day just to be ready," Vorm told the club's official website. "That's how I am. I'm a professional. The situation is different now for me but in many ways, I do what I always have done. That's a strength, I think. You need to be ready.
"You always have to keep in mind that something might happen, it hasn't in the last few seasons, it did here," added Vorm, who has now made 21 appearances for the club in all competitions. "You can see again that something can change in a minute. It's always strange when you have to come on in these circumstances, but if you can make an impact in a positive result then happy days!"
Crystal Palace are also aiming for their first win following last week's 1-0 defeat at the hands of West Bromwich Albion at Selhurst Park. The lone tally came on a 74th-minute strike by Salomon Rondon.
Palace had the better of the play against West Brom, keeping more of the possession and forcing Baggies goalkeeper Ben Foster into 15 saves but were undone by that one excellent strike by Rondon.
"Our record of scoring goals is not great," manager Alan Pardew said. "We need to address that because it was evident again that we lack a cutting edge. If we had scored first I think we'd have won. I think overall we played well and we had a big chance at 0-0 when Wilfried (Zaha) should definitely have scored.
"That's the area he needs to improve on. It's a fantastic chance and Wilf has got to learn to put those away."
Pardew's club head into Saturday's clash with the squad a bit thinner after forward Yannick Bolasie was sold to Everton for a reported 25 million pound fee, while former captain Mile Jedinak joined Aston Villa.
"Mile has been an influential figure at Palace since joining five years ago," Pardew said. "He has been a super player and instrumental in our progress as a club. We thank him for his commitment in a Palace shirt and wish him the best of luck in his next chapter at Aston Villa."
The clubs have split the last four fixtures, while Palace claimed the most recent meeting between the sides with a 1-0 win thanks to a goal from Martin Kelly.