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Tottenham Hotspur vs Crystal Palace preview, predictions & possible XIs

By Ben Green

Published: 16:13, 12 September 2019

Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to end a three-game winless run when they welcome Crystal Palace to north London in the Premier League on Saturday.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side began the season with a dramatic 3-1 win over Aston Villa but have since drawn twice to Man City and Arsenal, while they also tasted defeat to Newcastle United during their last home match.

The Eagles on the other hand are experiencing a mini-resurgence having failed to score in their opening two matches, claiming back-to-back wins over Manchester United and Aston Villa respectively.

Read on for team news, predictions and TV coverage information for Tottenham Hotspur vs Crystal Palace.

When is Spurs vs Crystal Palace and where can I watch live?

Competition: Premier League

Venue:  Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Date: Saturday, 14 September 2019

Kick-off: 3:00 PM BST

TV coverage (UK): N/A

Last five meetings: Spurs vs Crystal Palace

03 Apr 2019: Spurs 2-0 Palace (Premier League)

27 Jan 2019: Palace 2-0 Spurs (FA Cup)

10 Nov 2018: Palace 0-1 Spurs (Premier League)

25 Feb 2018: Palace 0-1 Spurs (Premier League)

05 Nov 2017: Spurs 1-0 Palace (Premier League)

Aggregate Score: Spurs (WLWWW) 5-2 Palace (LWLLL)

Ones to watch

Tottenham: Son Heung-min

The South Korea international missed the opening two matches of the season due to a suspension he picked up in the penultimate game of 2018/19, but he has since returned to action and thus far proven Spurs’ biggest threat, notably against Arsenal in the recent north London derby. No Spurs player completed more successful dribbles than Son in the 2-2 draw at the Emirates, while he also created more chances than any team-mate and ultimately won the penalty for Harry Kane’s goal.

Key stat: Only Lucas Moura (2.52) has completed more take-ons than Son Heung-min (2.13) per 90 minutes of any Spurs player in the Premier League this season.

Crystal Palace: Wilfried Zaha

The Crystal Palace talisman is Roy Hodgson’s most deadly outlet by a country mile. Blessed with close control and a dribbling ability that stands out in the Premier League, the Ivorian continues to snap ankles with his balletic motion and will no doubt give Spurs’ full-backs plenty of food for thought when he takes to the New White Hart Lane turf.

Key stat: Wilfried Zaha has completed more take-ons than any other Crystal Palace player in the Premier League this season (13).

Team news

Tottenham Hotspur

Pochettino was dealt a massive blow over the international break as summer recruit Giovani Lo Celso picked up a knock while representing Argentina, ruling him out until the end of October with a hip injury. He joins compatriot Juan Foyth on the sidelines. Davinson Sanchez will also need to be assessed, after picking up a knock over the international break.

In some positive news, Kyle Walker-Peters, ​Ryan Sessegnon, Eric Dier and Tanguy Ndombele could return this weekend.

Predicted XI: Lloris; Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Winks, Sissoko; Lucas, Eriksen, Son; Kane.

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Crystal Palace

Palace remain without centre-back duo Mamadou Sakho and Scott Dann but could see the return of James Tomkins this weekend, which will come as massive news to Hodgson given the Eagles’ defensive injury problems this term.

Predicted XI: Guaita; Ward, Kelly, Cahill, Van Aanholt; Milivojevic, Kouyate, McArthur; Zaha, Townsend, Ayew.

Squawka prediction

Crystal Palace have failed to score in their previous six Premier League matches against Spurs and that record could stretch as Pochettino will be desperate to end this wretched run of three matches without victory. The north London club also have a point to prove on home turf having suffered defeat to Newcastle last time out, so this should prove a match where Pochettino’s side come out with intent and get the job done.

Scoreline prediction: Spurs 2-0 Crystal Palace

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