Here it is. The first home game of the last ever season at the home of Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs take on a Palace side still reeling from a home defeat on the opening day to a resilient West Brom side. Tottenham will look to kick on from their solid second half performance at Goodison Park after the shambles of the first half.
Tale of the Tape:
Four of the last seven games between the sides at The Lane have been draws, with Spurs winning two, and Palace’s last league win away at Spurs coming in 1997. In the corresponding fixture last season Spurs won 1-0 thanks to Hueng Min Son’s low drive under the keeper late on. Spurs also beat Palace 3-1 at Selhurst Park last year, partly thanks to an iconic Dele Alli volley. However, The Eagles did knock Spurs out of the FA Cup at the 5th round stage last year as a result of Martin Kelly’s first half goal, before going all the way to the final only to have their hopes dashed by an extra time winner from Manchester United.
Tottenham made White Hart Lane something of a fortress last season, only losing 3 of 19 league games at home last year. Palace only won 4 of 19 league games on the road last year, and the South Londoners haven’t won away in the league since the 19th December 2015. They did pick up impressive away victories vs Chelsea and Liverpool however, so Spurs must be prepared for a tough game.
Spurs will be missing captain Hugo Lloris after his hamstring injury in the first game; he is likely to be out for around four weeks with a strain. Mousa Dembele is still missing as a result of his suspension for his deeply shameful and not at all satisfactory moment at Stamford Bridge last season (I for one definitely enjoyed it) but he is missing for this match as a result. Other than that there are no new missing personnel, other than Mauricio Pochettino reiterating that Nabil Bentaleb is not in his plans and has almost certainly played his last game in Tottenham white.
Crystal Palace will be without Yannick Bolasie and Mile Jedinak, who have both departed to Everton and Aston Villa respectively in the last week. Andros Townsend will be fit to return to White Hart Lane for the first time since his departure in January.
Predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI:
Vorm, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Wanyama, Lamela, Alli, Eriksen, Kane.
Predicted Crystal Palace XI:
Hennessey, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare, Cabaye, Ledley; Zaha, Puncheon, Townsend, Wickham.
Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Crystal Palace.