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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Crystal Palace v Spurs, 10.11.18

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Full Record of Spurs -v- Crystal Palace

Prem         Pl  W   D   L  For-Ag  Pts
Home         9   4   4   1   8 - 4   16
Away         9   6   1   2  14 - 9   19
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Total(Prem) 18  10   5   3  22 -13   35
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Football Lge
Home(Div 1)  9   5   2   2   14 -6   12
Away(Div 1)  9   5   3   1   16 -9   14
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Total(Div 1)18  10   5   3   30 -15  26
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Football Lge  
Home(Div 2)  1   0   1   0    2 -2    1
Away(Div 2)  1   1   0   0    2 -1    2
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Total(Div 2) 2   1   1   0    4 -3    3
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Total(Prem) 18  10   5   3  22 -13   35
Total(Div 1)18  10   5   3   30 -15  26
Total(Div 2) 2   1   1   0    4 -3    3
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Grand Total 38  21  11   6   56 -31  64
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Last Six Premier League results:-

C. Palace  -    DLLLDL

C. Palace  0-0    Newcastle
B'mouth    2-1    C. Palace
C. Palace  0-1    Wolves
Everton    2-0    C. Palace
C. Palace  2-2    Arsenal
Chelsea    3-1    C. Palace

Spurs      -    WWWWLW
           
Brighton   1-2    Spurs
H'dsfield  0-2    Spurs
Spurs      1-0    Cardiff
West Ham   0-1    Spurs
Spurs      0-1    Man City
Wolves     2-3    Spurs

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 4. Spurs     11  8  0  3  19-10   9   24
14. C. Palace 11  2  2  7   8-16  -8    8

Mauricio hints at rotation for Selhurst Park

After a hectic spell of four games in 9 days, three of which were won, Spurs have had the relative luxury of 4 clear days rest since Tuesday's Champions League win. There appears to be a degree of good news on the injuries' front as both Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama have returned to training. On the down side, Mousa Dembele will not be seen before the New Year, as he suffered ankle ligament damage last week at Molineux. Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose continue their rehabilitation. Mauricio Pochettino has managed his available resources superbly over the last two weeks and there is no reason for Spurs not to field a strong line-up at Selhurst Park, although the manager has hinted at rotation to take into account forthcoming International commitments.

Spurs apparently struck a deal with South Korea when Son played in the Asian Games in August, which means he will not be called upon by his country in the next fortnight. It is possible that one or both of Dele and Christien Eriksen will be rested tomorrow, at least at the start. Lucas Moura went off after an hour on Tuesday, and Lamela took his place, so maybe both will start behind Harry Kane. Moussa Sissoko didn't get on against PSV and could play his driving right wing role where he has been at his most effective recently.

Roy Hodgson's Crystal Palace would give everything for a win right now, having played 7 league games without a win. They are in the middle of a tough run of four league games too, having drawn at home to Arsenal (2-2); lost at Chelsea last week, and have to travel to Old Trafford after the International break. Despite their poor run of results, Palace are not to be under-estimated, having held up well against Chelsea until the last quarter of the game.

With or without Christian Benteke (and they will be without him until next year due to a knee injury), Palace lack a regular goalscorer. Last week they went with former Spur Andros Townsend as their front man, and he did score his first league goal of the season, and his first such goal since March. Townsend also scored two against West Brom in the Carabao Cup win at West Brom, but while we were beating West Ham, Palace were losing away to Middlesbrough. Once again, Premier League survival is the objective, with Palace only two points above Huddersfield in the bottom three.

Wilfried Zaha continues to excite home and away fans for different reasons, but on his day he can be a genuine threat. Zaha's last goal was in Palace's last league win on 15th September, away to Huddersfield.

It is also seven meetings begtween the two clubs since Palace's last league win over Spurs, which was at Selhurst Park in January 2015. That was one of only three Premier League wins Palace have managed over Spurs in 18 meetings so far. Andros Townsend was in the Spurs side that day. Harry Kane scored his eighth league goal of that campaign that day, and would add 13 more that season.

Since then, at Selhurst Park, we have seen the 3-1 in January 2016 which included Dele Alli's wonder goal, the 1-0 in April 2017 when Eriksen scored a cracker and this year's 1-0 when Harry scored a late winner. That was Harry's 134th club goal, and now he stands on 150 after Tuesday's Champions League brace. Cliff Jones' 159 for Spurs will be eclipsed by "One of our own" soon. Harry won the accolade of Champions League player of the week this week. That's quite a compliment when you consider the quality of Ronaldo's goal against Juventus, and other eye-catching performances from the players of no less than 32 top quality teams. Harry's two goals were a definite match-winning contribution though!

Spurs have won more Premier League games away to Palace than they have at home, although they have lost more away games (2) than they have at home (1). That home defeat was back in November 1997. Gerry Francis had departed after a 4-0 defeat at Liverpool. Spurs were being looked after by new manager Christian Gross, assisted by reserve team coach Chris Hughton. A Neil Shipperley goal was enough to give Palace all three points. Palace were relegated at the end of that 97/98 season, but Spurs survived, with a historic 6-2 win at Palace's ground, over their guests Wimbledon.

I am feeling confident about our chances tomorrow. Pochettino will have a fresh and raring to go front four and a more than competent defence. I'll take us to win 2-0, and to stay above Arsenal for the International break. That's always a good feeling! Tomorrow's game kicks off at 5.30pm for the TV cameras. Look out for the usual post match survey after the game, and a Spurs Odyssey match report on Sunday morning.

We haven't seen match referee Jon Moss in the middle since we lost at home to Man City in April. We didn't like him much for that! Mr. Moss last refereed a Palace v Spurs game when Eriksen scored the winner in April 2017.

Spurs' record in recent London Derby matches

"It was Twenty Years ago today!" - On November 10th, 1998, Spurs beat Liverpool at Anfield in the Worthington Cup Fourth Round. We really were on our way to Wembley that year!

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