English Premier League
Kick Off: Saturday, 14 September at 7.30 PM IST
Stadium: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Free English Premier League Picks Tottenham vs. Crystal Palace
After an entertaining game against Arsenal just before the international break, Spurs play another London side Crystal Palace who have been in unpredictable since the start of the season. 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 – victory at Old Trafford would give them more confidence going into the game. Spurs will fancy their chances who themselves need a win, although they will be tested on Saturday.
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). Spurs lost momentum at the end of last season – losing 7 of their last 12 matches, since then Tottenham haven’t been consistent enough. A 2-0 lead wasn’t enough for Spurs to secure a derby win against Arsenal in their previous having lost their feet in the second half. Palace possess the same threat as Newcastle – who can be dangerous on counter attacks, Spurs were beaten 1-0 at home to Newcastle and would be mindful of the threat Zaha & co possess. Giovani Lo Celso sustained an injury during international duty which eventually prolongs his Spurs debut. Meanwhile, Tanguy Ndombele is contention to start in starting lineup.
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. This is only the fourth time Crystal Palace will play a Premier League match starting the day in the top-four and the first time manager Roy Hodgson has done so since March 1998 with Blackburn Rovers, losing 4-0 away at Leeds United. Patrick van Aanholt’s goal in stoppage time handed an expected win for Hodgson against United. The Eagles have winning momentum, their previous victory includes – a 1-0 win over Aston Villa at home. Martin Kelly, James Tomkins and Scott Dann are all unavailable having sustained injuries.
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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).
Tottenham 2 – 0 Crystal Palace