It is London derby on the agenda, as Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace host Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur this Sunday, in the English Premier League.
The Eagles have lost their last five Premier League games against Spurs, scoring just one goal in the process. However, the Eagles had won an FA Cup fifth-round match against the Lilywhites back in February 2016.
Crystal Palace lost 3-1 away at Everton in their last league game; before the last weekend’s FA Cup break. The defeat against the Toffees extended their winless run to four league games. The South London side have won just two league games since the start of January.
In their last six games in all competitions, Palace have won one, drawn two and lost three games. Saturday’s game against Spurs will be the start of a very demanding fixture list for the Eagles, who will also face Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool before the end of March.
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) February 25, 2018
Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino’s men played a 2-2 draw last sunday against League One side, Rochdale. Before that, Spurs played a 2-2 draw against Juventus in Turin, last week, in the first leg of the Round of 16 tie in the UEFA Champions League 2017/18.
Crystal Palace are currently 15th in the Premier League table, having managed 27 points from as many games played in the league so far. They have won six, drawn nine and lost 12 league games in the process. Roy Hodgson’s men have scored 25 goals in the league so far and conceded 42 goals at the other end. Only five teams have scored fewer goals than Palace this season, and also just five teams have conceded more goals than Palace.
Crystal Palace have one of the poor records in Premier League London derbies. They have kept just one clean sheet in their last 27 London derbies in the Premier League. Also, only Fulham have won fewer points per game (0.91) in Premier League London derbies than Palace, who themselves have an average of 0.92 points per game in London derbies.
The Eagles have scored five penalties in the league this season, having been awarded seven spot-kicks already this campaign. No teams have scored more penalties in the English top division this season. However, their opponents this weekend, Tottenham Hotspur, are one of only three sides who are yet to concede a spot kick in the Premier League this season.
Referee Kevin Friend will have the final say this Sunday, as he will be officiating the clash between these two London clubs. Harry Lennard and Mathew Wilkes will be the Assitant Referees while Chris Kavanagh will be on fourth official duties.
Head To Head
These two clubs have met previously on 17 occasions in the Premier League, among which, Spurs have won on nine occasions while Palace have won just three times.
Spurs have won each of the last two league visits to Selhurst Park. They have never won three consecutive away games against Crystal Palace in the Premier League. Spurs have won each of the previous three meetings between these sides in the Premier League, with the scoreline of 1-0.
Players To Watch
Luka Mililovejic has been a key figure in the central midfield for Crystal Palace this season. The midfielder has made at least nine more tackles in the Premier League than any other Spurs or Palace player this season.
The Serbian also has seven league goals to his name this season, which is the most by any Crystal Palace player this campaign.
Harry Kane has scored a whopping 19 goals in his last 14 Premier League away games, scoring three hat-tricks in the process. The Englishman has scored 13 goals in his last 12 Premier League appearances.
Kane has been directly involved in three goals in previous three Premier League appearances at Selhurst Park. The 24-year-old has already scored 23 goals in the league this season, and one would not bet against him increasing his tally this Sunday.
Roy Hodgson is facing an injury crisis heading into the weekend’s clash against Harry Kane and company. Bakary Sako is one of five Crystal Palace players who is unlikely to feature this season alongside Connor Wickham, Jason Puncheon, Julian Speroni, and Scott Dann.
Star-man, Wilfred Zaha, is out with a sprained knee and is only expected to be back next month. Loftus-Cheek is also out with an ankle injury. Jeffrey Schlupp is out with a knee injury. Defenders Martin Kelly and Mamadou Sakho make up the final names in the long injury list of Palace players.
No players are out with injuries or suspensions.
Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Line Up (Predicted XI)
Crystal Palace Line Up (4-3-3)
Ward (RB), Fosu-Mensah (RCB), Tomkins (LCB), Van-Aanholt (LB)
Cabaye (RCM), Milivojevic (CM), McArthur (LCM)
Tottenham Line Up (4-2-3-1)
Trippier(RB), Sanchez (RCB), Alderweireld (LCB), Davies (LB)
Dier (CDM), Dembele (CM)
Eriksen (RM), Alli (CAM), Son (LM),
Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Prediction
Crystal Palace have performed below par recent weeks while Spurs have won more points in 2018 than any other Premier League side. Spurs are unbeaten in all competitions this year. Spurs are clear favorites to win this game.
Our prediction is a 3-0 win for Spurs.