By 90Min
September 10, 2019

Tottenham host Crystal Palace on Saturday as the Premier League returns to action following the international break.

Mauricio Pochettino's men have started the season in disappointing form, gaining valuable points away to Manchester City and Arsenal but dropping all three in a supposed home banker to relegation-tipped Newcastle.

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Palace, meanwhile, sit pretty in fourth despite concerns heading into the campaign. A loss to Sheffield United is the only blip in what has otherwise been a superb start, which includes an unexpected victory at Old Trafford.


Here's 90min's preview of the game.


Where to Watch


When Is Kick Off? Saturday 14 September
What Time Is Kick Off? 15:00 (BST)
Where Is it Played? Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
TV Channel/Live Stream? BBC Final Score/BT Sport Score (UK)
Referee? Craig Pawson


Where to Buy Tickets

Tickets for the game are, as ever, available on both teams' official club websites, though membership is required in order to purchase. In terms of resale, both teams provide the option to make season tickets available for others to use, if a supporter is unable to attend the game themselves.


Team News

Defender Juan Foyth remains absent for Spurs, having suffered an ankle injury in a pre-season friendly with Bayern Munich

Summer recruit Giovani Lo Celso injured his groin over the international break and is a doubt for the weekend, while Tanguy Ndombele, Ryan Sessegnon, Kyle Walker-Peters and Eric Dier could come back into contention. 

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Palace's injury problems have laid in defence this season, although James Tomkins could make his long-awaited return this weekend, while Martin Kelly is a further doubt having strained his groin.


Predicted Lineups

Tottenham Lloris; Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Ndombele, Winks; Eriksen, Dele, Son; Kane.
Palace Guaita; Ward, Cahill, Sakho, van Aanholt; McArthur, Kouyate, Milivojevic, Schlupp; Ayew, Zaha.


Head to Head Record

Historically Spurs have the superior record of the two, winning 30 games against the Eagles compared to Palace's 12 victories.

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This dominance has extended in recent years, with Spurs triumphant in ten out of the 12 league games played since Palace's promotion in 2013. 


This fixture last season was Tottenham's very first in their new stadium, with goals from Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen securing the three points.


Recent Form

Spurs enter this clash in patchy form, with an expected win against recently promoted Aston Villa spoilt by a shock loss to Newcastle. Away draws to City and Arsenal are more than respectable, although even the most ardent Tottenham fan will admit a point at the Etihad was extremely fortunate on the day. 

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Palace, in contrast, have performed above expectation and should arrive with confidence. A draw with Everton was followed by a timid display at Bramall Lane in a 1-0 loss, but subsequent wins over Manchester United and Villa have catapulted Roy Hodgson's men into fourth. 


Here's how each team has performed in their last five fixtures:


Tottenham Crystal Palace
Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham (1/9) Crystal Palace 1-0 Aston Villa (31/8)
Tottenham 0-1 Newcastle (25/8) Crystal Palace 0-0 Colchester (27/8)
Manchester City 2-2 Tottenham (17/8) Manchester United 1-2 Crystal Palace (24/8)
Tottenham 3-1 Aston Villa (10/8) Sheffield United 1-0 Crystal Palace (18/8)
Tottenham 1-1 Inter (4/8) Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton (10/8)


Prediction

Spurs struggled to break down a stubborn Villa until Eriksen came off the bench and sparked some creativity into the team, with the pattern repeating itself against Newcastle, although this time the breakthrough wasn't found.

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Palace will similarly remain compact and look to frustrate Spurs, but with the transfer window closed and Eriksen's future - at least until January - sorted, expect a refreshed Tottenham to kick-start their season properly. 

Prediction: Tottenham 2-0 Crystal Palace

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