Crystal Palace are the fourth best Premier League side this year… and will be plotting another ‘top six’ scalp against Tottenham


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Crystal Palace face the short trip to London rivals Tottenham this weekend, with the Eagles out to avenge the 2-0 defeat they suffered at White Hart Lane back in April in what was Spurs’ first game at their new £1bn stadium.

Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and we’ll be bringing you live coverage of the London derby at 3pm, in between Liverpool vs Newcastle and Norwich vs Manchester City.

Hodgson has done a superb job at Palace

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Hodgson has done a superb job at Palace

Roy Hodgson can have no complaints whatsoever with how his side have fared in 2019, with only Man City, Liverpool and Arsenal accumulating more points than the Eagles in this calendar year.

Hodgson has already led his side to a stunning 2-1 victory at Manchester United this season – becoming the first Crystal Palace manager to beat the Red Devils in the Premier League.

It also ended a run of 23 games – dating back to May 1991 – without a win for the south Londoners against the European giants.

Palace have won seven Premier League away games away this year scoring 22 goals in the process – a feat only better by Pep Guardiola’s City.

Patrick van Aanholt, right, celebrates with Wilfried Zaha after scoring an injury-time winner at Old Trafford last month

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Patrick van Aanholt, right, celebrates with Wilfried Zaha after scoring an injury-time winner at Old Trafford last month

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In terms of facing the ‘Big Six’ in the Premier League  – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham – the Eagles have more than held their own despite falling to four defeats out of six games in 2019.

Palace were unbeaten against the Gunners last season, securing a sensational 3-2 victory at the Emirates in April which in turn dented Unai Emery’s men’s top-four hopes.

Christian Benteke gave the visitors a first-half lead before Mesut Ozil’s clever finish brought Arsenal level almost immediately after the interval.

However, two goals in eight minutes ended Arsenal’s 10-match winning league run on home soil, with Wilfried Zaha capitalising on a mistake by Shkodran Mustafi to restore Palace’s lead before James McArthur’s header made it 3-1.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reduced the deficit with his 19th league goal of the season, but Palace held on to grab a priceless three points and secure their Premier League status for another season.

Meanwhile, the Eagles came agonisingly close to getting something at Anfield in the same month, with Hodgson’s men falling on the wrong end of a seven-goal thriller.

Palace went ahead through Andros Townsend, before goals from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino put the hosts in charge of the contest.

James Tomkins’s header made it 2-2 with 25 minutes to play, but a calamitous error from Julian Speroni gifted Jurgen Klopp’s men the lead again as Salah poked the ball home from the goal line.

Zaha starred for Palace in their victory at Arsenal last season

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Zaha starred for Palace in their victory at Arsenal last season

Sadio Mane added a fourth in injury-time, but a resolute Palace still managed reduced the deficit through Max Meyer in a thrilling encounter – which also saw James Milner see red late on.

Palace also suffered 3-1 defeats to both United and City respectively in February and May, but where by no means dominated in either of those clashes.

The Eagles are yet to face Chelsea in the league this year, with their next encounter with Frank Lampard’s men on November 9 at Stamford Bridge.

Below, is the Premier League table so far this year and as you can see it’s been quite the year for everyone connected with Crystal Palace Football Club!

2019 Premier League table so far

1. Manchester City – 61 points

2. Liverpool – 55 points

3. Arsenal – 39 points

4. Crystal Palace – 37 points

5. Manchester United – 36 points

6. Everton – 34 points

7. Chelsea – 34 points

8. Leicester City – 32 points

9. West Ham – 32 points

10. Tottenham – 31 points

11. Newcastle United – 31 points

12. Wolves – 31 points

13. Burnley – 29 points

14. Southampton – 28 points

15. Bournemouth – 23 points

16. Watford – 23 points

17. Brighton – 15 points


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