Tottenham Hotspur will look to continue their fine run of form when they travel to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace in the Premier League this weekend.
Tottenham Hotspur are unbeaten in the league so far, and they are on top of the table with 23 points from nine outings heading into the game against Crystal Palace. Spurs have picked up seven wins and two draws from their last nine league matches, and they will be full of confidence heading into this game.
On the other hand, Crystal Palace are 11th in the league table, and they have failed to win four of the last five league matches. The home side will need a major slice of luck in order to grind out a positive result here.
Tottenham are undoubtedly the favourites here, and it remains to be seen whether Crystal Palace can upset the odds. The home side are coming into this game on the back of a 4-0 defeat against Newcastle United, and they will look to bounce back strongly with a statement performance here.
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The Eagles will be without the services of two of their most influential attackers, Michael Olise and Eberechi Eze. Both players have picked up thigh injuries, and they are expected to return next month. Dean Henderson and James Tomkins are long-term absentees.
Crystal Palace are likely to start in a 4-3-3 formation, with Sam Johnstone in goal. Joel Ward and Tyrick Mitchell will be deployed as the full-backs, and they will be hoping to set up counter-attacking opportunities and protect the defensive unit. Joachim Andersen will start alongside Marc Guehi at the heart of the defence.
In the midfield three, Cheick Doucoure will be deployed as the defensive midfielder, with Jefferson Lerma and Matheus Franca on either side of him. The three players will look to work hard defensively and shield the back four. Jean-Philippe Mateta will lead the line for Crystal Palace, with Jordan Ayew and Odsonne Edouard on either side of him.
Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Johnstone; Ward, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Lerma, Doucoure, Franca; Ayew, Mateta, Edouard
The North London outfit will be without the services of Ivan Perisic, who has been ruled out until the end of the season with a knee injury. Manor Solomon and Rodrigo Bentancur are sidelined with knee injuries as well. Ryan Sessegnon is expected to return from his thigh injury next month.
Tottenham are likely to shape up in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation, with Guglielmo Vicario in goal. Pedro Porro and Destiny Udogie will start as the full-backs. The two players will look to help out in the attack and protect the central defenders. Cristian Romero will start at the heart of the defence alongside Micky van de Ven.
In the midfield pivot, Yves Bissouma will start alongside Pape Matar Sarr. The two players will look to protect the central defenders and break up the opposition attacks. James Maddison will continue in his role as the central attacking midfielder, and he will look to create goal-scoring opportunities for his teammates and link up with the attack.
Finally, Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison are likely to be deployed in the wide areas. Son Heung-min will lead the line for Tottenham.
Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Vicario; Porro, Romero, Van de Ven, Udogie; Sarr, Bissouma; Kulusevski, Maddison, Richarlison; Son
- Tottenham have won seven of their last eight matches in the Premier League.
- Tottenham have kept a clean sheet in their last three matches against Crystal Palace in all competitions.
- Tottenham have scored at least two goals in nine of their last ten matches in the Premier League.
- 18 goals have been scored in the last six meetings between these two sides.
- Crystal Palace have conceded 10 goals in their last six outings.
The 26-year-old has been phenomenal for Tottenham since joining the club from Leicester City, and he has picked up three goals and five assists in nine Premier League matters for his new club so far.
Maddison managed to get on the score sheet against Fulham earlier this week and will look to continue his rich vein of form. The 26-year-old can influence games with his creativity as well as the ability to score goals. He will look to take advantage of Crystal Palace’s defensive vulnerabilities and punish them.
Crystal Palace 0-2 Tottenham
Tottenham should be able to grind out all three points here. They are a team in form and have the momentum and confidence with them. Crystal Palace, on the other hand, have been quite poor in recent weeks and will struggle against a top-class team like Tottenham.
The North London giants should be able to take advantage of the home side’s defensive vulnerabilities and pile further misery on them. A comfortable 2-0 win is on the cards here for Tottenham over Crystal Palace.