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Tottenham Hotspur travel across London to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace, looking to maintain their unbeaten start to their Premier League campaign.
Ange Postecoglou will travel south with his Spurs side, confident of remaining at the top of the league as his in-form team is creating plenty of problems for everyone they face. Their unlikely mount on the title has brought a buzz to the North London side, as the team are once again playing the ‘Spurs’ way after spells under Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte playing a less entertaining brand of football.
Crystal Palace have surprised many with their start to the season under Roy Hodgson, yet entering the game they have won, drawn, and lost the same number of fixtures this season, 3. The Eagles have looked defensively assured throughout the campaign, and this will be put to the test tonight against their London rivals. Yet, the atmosphere around Selhurst Park will give them a boost as they face Spurs.
Crystal Palace vs. Tottenham Hotspur: Predicted Lineups and News
Crystal Palace enter this game looking to put right their hammering from Newcastle United away at St. James’ Park. Left wounded, having dropped to 11th spot with just a two-point gap down to 15th place, Crystal Palace will aim to return to their best at Selhurst Park tonight and gain a positive result, albeit one of their toughest tests.
The Lilywhites currently have a points tally of 23 and remain the only unbeaten side in the division, having already scored 20 goals while only allowing eight at the other end. Tottenham Hotspur will be desperate to make it four wins on the bounce on Friday and go further clear at the top before the chasing pack returns to action over the weekend.
Team news: Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace continue to deal with several injuries, particularly in the attacking areas, with Michael Olise and Eberechi Eze remaining sidelined alongside defenders Nathan Ferguson and James Tomkins and goalkeeper Dean Henderson, while Jeffrey Schlupp is also unlikely to feature as he nears a return from his own layoff.
Hodgson will likely look to remain solid at the back and grind out a result against Spurs, as they will likely employ Jordan Ayew, Odsonne Edouard, and Jean-Philippe Mateta in the same line-up in their defeat to Newcastle.
Crystal Palace’s Predicted Lineup:
Johnstone; Ward, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Hughes, Doucoure, Lerma; Ayew, Edouard, Mateta
Team news: Tottenham Hotspur
Postecoglou is bound to deploy a similar Tottenham starting XI from their victory over Fulham on Monday despite the quick turnaround, although one change is anticipated, with Yves Bissouma likely to return to the midfield in place of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg after serving a suspension last time out.
He should join Pape Sarr, who is expected to make it from the outset despite being forced off in the second half against Fulham, while Pedro Porro, Micky van de Ven, Cristian Romero, and Destiny Udogie should certainly line up in an unchanged back four.
Tottenham Hotspur possible starting lineup:
Vicario; Porro, Van De Ven, Romero, Udogie; Bissouma, Sarr; Kulusevski, Maddison, Richarlison; Son
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