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Tottenham v Palace: team News and Preview


Martin Kelley could be out for a couple of weeks with a groin injury which he picked up against Aston Villa.

Mamdou Sakho is nearing a full return after coming on as a late substitute in the Villa match while Jame Tomkins is also nearing a comeback and Scott Dann will return after recovering from his hand injury.

Wilfired Zaha did not feature for Ivory Coast over the international break after personal problems meant he could not travel but he is expected to return to the Palace starting line up this weekend.

Tottenham have a host of injuries at present, new signing, Giovani Lo Celso, has been ruled out until late October with a hip injury and Justin Foyth will also be out until late September.

Mauricio Pochettino is hopeful that Tanguy Ndombele would be back in contention after a thigh injury. Kyle Walker-Peters could return at right-back and Ryan Sessegnon is returning to fitness, but this game may be too soon for him to return.

Davidson Sanchez may miss out due to lengthy journey back from Colombia following the international break.

Jan Vertonghen, Serge Aurier and Ben Davies haven’t featured much for Spurs this season but all turned out for countries over the international break to get vital game time in before returning to Tottenham.


Palace’s defensive record could be key to securing a positive result at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this Saturday.

Our defence is the best in the league so far this term as Vincente Guaita has only conceded two goals in four matches. The defensive structure of the team, complimented well in the Villa game by the experienced presence of Gary Cahill, is looking hard to beat currently.

This could be vital for Palace against Spurs and if their shock loss to Newcastle showed anything it’s that a rigid, structured performance and setup can be used to stifle the creativity of Spurs’ key players.

As Palace fans know, these are qualities we posses in abundance under Hodgson, so don’t be surprised to see an unchanged 4-4-2 line up for this fixture.

Spurs have shown themselves to be clinical at times this season, scoring seven goals in the opening four fixtures, including three against Villa on the opening day.

Harry Kane is starting to find form with three goals in his last four games so far for Spurs but his record against Palace is poor having only found the net once in his last seven appearances against the Eagles.


Palace are sitting pretty in fourth currently after winning two of the opening four matches.

We have started the season well, picking up vital wins away at Manchester United and at home to Villa and everyone will be hoping to continue this run coming into Saturday’s fixture.

The seven points from the opening four matches is Palace’s best start in the league since the 2015/16 season when we had nine points from a possible twelve.

Spurs have had a tough run of opening fixtures and their only victory of the season so far came in the opening match against Aston Villa.

They have picked up two good points against Manchester City and Arsenal recently, while their loss to Newcastle would have come as a disappointment.

Pochettino’s men are currently 9th in the league but will be looking to push on following the international break to avoid drifting away from the front runners.

Previous Meetings

If this were an FA Cup match, Palace fans would be rubbing their hands together expectant of a win. Palace’s only two victories of late have come against Spurs in this competition and we have a terrible run of losses against them in the league having lost our last eight Premier League clashes.

Palace’s last win against Tottenham came back in January 2015 in Alan Pardew’s first game in charge of the Eagles at Selhurst Park. Since the Premier League began, we have only beaten them three times in 20 meetings.

We haven’t fared well away to Spurs either as our last win in this part of north London came at White Hart Lane in November 1997, courtesy of a Neil Shipperley winner.

Palace were the first away team to play at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in April but we were unable to cause an upset in this fixture.

But Palace will be expectant that their good form will help them to pick up a point in Tottenham this weekend.

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