Spurs v Crystal Palace: (match preview)
Venue: White Hart Lane
Date: Saturday 20th August 15:00pm
Live: Not being broadcast in the UK, check @SpursOfficial Twitter account for live updates.
Head2Heads: 1-0 Crystal palace, 3-1 Spurs, 1-0 Spurs, Crystal Palace 2-1, 0-0
Referee: Michael Oliver
This Saturday we face Crystal Palace in our first home game of the season as Mauricio Pochettino’s lads look to get their first win of the new campaign after last Saturday’s opening day draw to Everton at Goodison park. Pochettino’s side are no strangers to the Eagles, having played the south London club three times last season defeating them on two of those occasions. We are undoubtedly favourites ahead of this Saturday’s game and in many ways we couldn’t play Palace at a better time, with Alan Pardew’s squad lacking in depth and continuing their poor league form from last season into the current season. However, Pardew’s side are a well structured team and are a tough side to break down, Palace will presumably sit deep and look for a point this Saturday, with Palace looking to benefit from set pieces, with Connor Wickham a threat with in the box. Palace are expected to sign Christian Benteke from Liverpool, but the Belgian is unlikely to be in contention to play at White Hart Lane on Saturday. An early goal could be the difference in this match, but I am confident that we will defeat the Eagles in relatively comfortable fashion, as I believe Pardew’s side will not be able to deal with our potent attack. A win would also do our confidence the world of good and would hopefully kick start a successful league campaign for the Lillywhites. COYS⚽️
Team news: Hugo Lloris is ruled out through injury whilst Mousa Dembele is suspended. Meanwhile, Son Heung-min returns after playing for South Korea at the Olympics though Son will be assessed ahead of Saturday’s game.
My team prediction: (4-2-3-1) Vorm, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Wanyama, Dier, Lamela, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane.
My score prediction: 3-0 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane and Dele Alli.
One to watch: Our former player Andros Townsend, who will no doubt cause problems down the wing.