Crystal Palace are out to shock another of the Premier League’s big boys when they visit Tottenham this weekend.
The Eagles have an excellent recent record away to top six sides, having beaten Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United on their travels, while they were also the last team to win at Liverpool.
Palace don’t have the best record at Tottenham, having failed to win any of their last seven away games against their London rivals.
But the home side aren’t in the best form coming into this – Mauricio Pochettino’s men haven’t tasted victory since the opening day of the season.
Pochettino has a number of injury problems too, with Giovani Lo Celso sidelined for at least the next month with a hip injury, while Juan Foyth (ankle) remains unavailable and Davinson Sanchez has returned from international duty with Colombia carrying a knock.
Tanguy Ndombele (thigh), Kyle Walker-Peters (hamstring), Eric Dier (hip) and Ryan Sessegnon (hamstring) are back in training, but will need to be assessed on Friday before a decision is made on their involvement in the squad.
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Spurs’ last fixture against Arsenal before the international break saw Sanchez start at right-back. Bearing in mind he was marking Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Colombia centre-back played fairly well.
He may get the nod there again if he proves his fitness, unless Pochettio decides to gamble on Walker-Peters, who missed the Arsenal game with a hamstring complaint.
We expect Tottenham to line-up with the 4-1-2-1-2 formation that they did for so much for the 2018/19 season.
Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld will be paired at centre-back, while Danny Rose should keep his place at left-back following his return from international duty with England.
Harry Winks should start at the base of the midfield, supported by Christian Eriksen and Moussa Sissoko in front of him.
Eriksen’s future at the club has been somewhat uncertain since the summer following interest from Real Madrid. However, with the transfer window now closed across Europe, he is staying until January at least and will start on Saturday.
Dele Alli is not 100 per cent yet fit yet, so Erik Lamela could start behind Heung-min Son and Harry Kane, allowing Lucas Moura to come on off the bench and try and impact the game if needed.
How we expect Tottenham to line up against Crystal Palace
For Crystal Palace, injuries to defenders Scott Dann, Martin Kelly and James Tomkins mean that Roy Hodgson will have somewhat of a headache when it comes to his team selection.
Hodgson has the rest of his squad all fit for this weekend’s game where he will hope to continue Crystal Palace’s great form that has seen them rocket into the top four.
We expect quite a defensive 4-1-4-1 formation for Crystal Palace this weekend, with the London club trying to frustrate their opponents.
Vincente Guaita will almost certainly start in goal, hoping to continue his impressive form from the first four games of the season.
Former Liverpool defender Mahmadou Sakho should come in for the injured Kelly and partner up with summer signing Gary Cahill.
Joel Ward and Patrick van Aanholt are expected to play at right and left-back respectively.
In midfield, expect Luka Milivojevic to sit deep with James McArthur and Cheikhou Kouyate in front of him. Wilfried Zaha will try and give Danny Rose problems on the right-wing, but could be switched to left-wing if Palace decide to target Sanchez.
In attack, Jordan Ayew will be hoping to add to his two goals so far this Premier League campaign with another at Spurs.
Palace have the option of Christian Benteke coming on from the bench if their preferred system does not prove to be successful.
How we expect Crystal Palace to line-up against Tottenham
- Tottenham have won their last eight Premier League games against Crystal Palace, conceding just one goal in that run. Only against Birmingham (10 in September 1964) and Blackpool (9 in January 1964) have they had longer winning runs in their top-flight history.
- Crystal Palace are winless in their last seven away Premier League games against Spurs (D2 L5), failing to score in each of the last six.
- Tottenham lost their last home Premier League London derby, 0-1 against West Ham in April. They last lost consecutive home London derbies in the league back in November 2004 (vs Charlton and Arsenal).
- Tottenham have lost two of their last four home league games (W1 D1) – more than they had in their previous 30 in the Premier League at White Hart Lane/Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (W25 D4 L1).
- Crystal Palace’s last five Premier League away games against ‘big six’ sides have seen them pick up wins against Man City, Arsenal and Manchester United (L2), while they were also the last side to win away at Anfield. Indeed, since the start of 2016-17, the Eagles have won away at five of the ‘big six’ sides (more than any other club), with Tottenham being the only exception.
- Spurs have won just 16 points from their last 16 Premier League matches (W4 D4 L8), 23 fewer than they won in their previous 16 games (W13 D0 L3).
- Harry Kane’s goal against Arsenal for Spurs was his 28th in Premier League London derbies, drawing him level with Jermain Defoe and Ian Wright – only three players have more than Kane; Thierry Henry (43) and Frank Lampard & Teddy Sheringham (32).
- Crystal Palace’s Jordan Ayew has scored in each of his last two Premier League appearances – he could become the first Ghanaian to score in three in a row since his brother André Ayew in 2016 and only the fourth overall (also Asamoah Gyan in 2010 and Tony Yeboah in 1995).
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