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Full Record of Spurs -v- Crystal Palace

Prem        Pl   W   D   L  For-Ag  Pts
Home        12   7   4   1  18 - 5   25
Away        12   7   3   2  17 -11   24
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Total(Prem) 24  14   7   3  35 -16   49  2.04 Pts per game
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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) 24  14   7   3  35 -16   49
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 44  25  13   6   69 -34  78
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Last Six Premier League results:-

C. Palace  -    WLLLDD

C. Palace  3-2    A. Villa
C. Palace  1-3    Arsenal
Liverpool  2-0    C. Palace
Chelsea    3-0    C. Palace
C. Palace  0-0    Brentford
West Ham   2-2    C. Palace


Spurs      -    WLWWWW
           
Spurs      2-0    Wolves
Spurs      1-2    A. Villa
Leicester  2-4    Spurs
Spurs      1-0    Man City
Wolves     0-1    Spurs
Spurs      1-0    Watford

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 1. Spurs      3  3  0  0   3-0    3    9 
14. C. Palace  3  0  2  1   2-5   -3    2

Who plays at the back for Spurs?

Selhurst Park

Spurs have been left in the lurch after the farce in Brazil when their World Cup qualifier against Argentina was called off after five minutes when officials stepped onto the field of play because four Premier League players including our own Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso faced deportation after they had failed to report having been in the UK within 14 days of entering Brazil. Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia also faced the same sanction. It also turns out that Romero, Lo Celso, and Colombia's Davinson Sanchez had travelled to South America without permissiom and will face club fines when they do return to the club. The trouble is they are returning via Croatia to avoid quarantine and will definitely miss tomorrow's game, and probably our European Conference League game in Rennes next week. The question is - who will partner Eric Dier at the back for Spurs at Selhurst Park?

The answer will probably be Japhet Tanganga, who has shown he can play anywhere across the back four. Japhet, like Dier has had no International commitment and should be fresh and raring to go. Ben Davies could fill in, but he has been busy, playing two and a half games for Wales . Perhaps we will see right back Emerson Royal make his debut. Emerson arrived at the club this week and may be ready to start. Matt Doherty has had almost three full games for The Republic of Ireland. Spurs have had other scares with reports of injuries to Heung-min Son, Steven Bergwijn and Oliver Skipp and we await news of their fitness status. Harry Winks, Dele Alli and Lucas Moura are among those who have not been away and will be raring to go, if selected. Perhaps we will see a first Premier League start for Bryan Gil, and our first sighting this season of Tanguy Ndombele! Who knows?

Crystal Palace announced the appointment of Patrick Vieira as their new manager on 4th July, 47 days after Roy Hodgson announced he was leaving the club. Vieira landed his first managerial job in the Premier League after a lengthy process which saw a number of other contenders including Nuno Espirito Santo (obviously before his appointment at Spurs), Lucien Favre and Frank Lampard also interviewed for the post. Spurs fans won't like being reminded, but Vieira was a member of the Arsenal "Invincibles" who won the 2003-04 Premier League and were unbeaten. Just to compound the agonising memory, Vieira scored a third minute goal at White Hart Lane in April 2004 to set the gooners on the way to a point which was enough to secure them the title at The Lane.

Vieira is a novice in the managerial stakes, but will no doubt have his team fired up to perform in front of the usual vociferous Selhurst Park crowd. Vieira has a problem though, because so far his team has failed to win a game, although they did manage a draw two weeks ago at The London Stadium where Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher scored both their goals. Those were Palace's first goals of the season. They even lost their Carabao Cup second round game at Watford 1-0.

It's been all change at Palace this summer with several players leaving at the end of their contracts including ex-Spur Andros Townsend, now at Everton. Wayne Hennessy (Burnley), Gary Cahill (Bournemouth), Mamadou Sakho (Montpelier), Patrick van Aanholt (Galatasaray), James McCarthy (Celtic) and Scott Dann (now at Blackburn) were other departures.

Despite several new signings, the Palace team which started against West Ham was not significantly different. Their line-up was Guaita; Ward, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Gallagher, Kouyate, McArthur; Zaha, Benteke and Ayew.

Wilfried Zaha is now 28 years old and has played 360 Premier League games for Palace, scoring 60 league goals. He remains under contract until June 2023. It remains to be seen whether he will now leave Palace at all. His Palace career began 12 years ago and apart from a brief (unsuccessful) sojurn with Manchester United, Zaha has been the Palace talisman for most of those years. Joachim Andersen was on loan at Fulham last season and won plenty of admiring glances. Now Palace have signed him on full terms from Lyon. Andersen came off the bench three times for Denmark in the Euros tournament and played 90 minutes last week against both Scotland and Israel.

Andersen's centre-back partner against "The Hammers" was 21-year-old former Chelsea man Marc Guehi, who spent one and a half seasons on loan at Swansea. Other signings include French forward Odsonne Edouard from Celtic on a four-year deal. The 23-year-old striker scored 22 goals in 40 appearances in all competitions last season, and has struck three times for Celtcic this term before signing for Palace. In total, he hit 86 goals in 179 matches for Celtic. Watford midfielder Will Hughes took no part in our game on August 29th and signed for Palace the next day. Hughes is 26, and previously played for Derby.

Former Spur Jack Roles, who was released this summer is now on Palace's books. Roles, who was a goal-scoring midfielder in our Academy and Development sides, had loan spells with Cambridge Utd, Burton Albion and Stevenage. He was picked up by Palace and has played one game for their U21 EFL trophy side. Jack was born in Enfield and has represented Cyprus at U-21 level. I do not expect to see him tomorrow.

One player Palace have been missing so far this season is midfielder Ebere Eze who was very impactive last season after signing from QPR. Eze suffered an achilles injury just before the end of last season and had a summer operation.

This will be a tricky early start for Spurs, but it is a chance to retain the lead in the Premier League before the massive challenge of Chelsea next week. I think we might concede a first league goal tomorrow, but take us to win 2-1. Harry Kane should ensure that!

Tomorrow's game takes place on the 20th anniversary of the horrific "9/11" attacks in the USA. When we played our first game after that day in 2001, we had an American (Kasey Keller) in goal.

Our match referee will be Jon Moss. It is his 31st Spurs game in the middle. Mr. Moss only took charge of one Spurs game last season which was our FA Cup Fourth round win at Wycombe. Mr Moss first refereed Spurs at Wigan in September 2011 when Rafa van der Vaart and Gareth Bale scored our goals in a 2-1 win.

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