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MATCH PREVIEW

PUBLISHED
15:23 16th August 2013

Preview: Palace v Tottenham


ABOUT
Crystal Palace entertain Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday in what is their first Premier League match in more than eight years. Ian Holloway's side will go into the fixture full of confidence, having not tasted defeat in a competitive game since the 3-0 loss at Ipswich back in April - a run that stretches back seven matches. They also won four of their six pre-season fixtures, although they come into this weekend's match on the back of a narrow 1-0 defeat to Lazio.

Tottenham will be aiming to go one better than last season's 5th place finish and break into the Premier League's top four this time around. Andre Villas-Boas' side will need to turn the history book on its head at Selhurst Park if they are to get their league campaign off to a winning start - they have done so only twice in the last 12 seasons, losing on each of their last five opening day fixtures that were played away from White Hart Lane.

TEAM NEWS
Palace: Manager Ian Holloway has a number of injury concerns ahead of Sunday's match, with new signings Jose Campana and Jerome Thomas both ruled out. Campana picked up a knock in training, while Thomas limped off with a calf problem in the friendly defeat to Lazio. Yannick Bolasie is also unfit to play, while Jonny Parr and Paddy McCarthy are continuing their search for full fitness as they bid to return from long-term injuries. New signings Dwight Gayle, Marouane Chamakh, Elliot Grandin, Kevin Phillips, Stephen Dobbie and Neil Alexander are all available for selection though.

Tottenham: Star man Gareth Bale has been ruled out by Andre Villas-Boas, after he was deemed unfit to play for Wales in midweek. Jan Vertonghen is another who was forced to watch his country from the sidelines on Wednesday night and he could also miss out on Sunday. Long-term injury absentees Younes Kaboul and Sandro are both expected to be named in the squad though, while Roberto Soldado, Paulinho, Nacer Chadli and Etienne Capoue could all make their Spurs debuts after moving to White Hart Lane during the summer.  

MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Assistants: S Child, S Beck
Fourth Official: M Jones

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
Palace winsDrawsSpurs wins
League51013
FA Cup212
League Cup011
Total71216

LAST MEETING AT SELHURST
The last time Tottenham visited SE25 was back in January 2005, in a Premier League fixture. Palace went into the game without a win in 12, but ran out convincing 3-0 winners after a terrific display. The sides went in at half-time with the scoreline still locked at 0-0, but three goals in the last 25 minutes from Mikele Leigertwood, Danny Granville and Andrew Johnson gave the Eagles a valuable three points. 

TICKETS
A limited number of tickets still remain for Sunday's match in the Arthur Wait Stand. Tickets are available ONLY to season ticket holders and members on an unlimited basis and are subject to availability.
Please note that when purchasing tickets for this match, the new “A and B policy” applies. When purchasing any “A” grade match ticket, a “B” grade match ticket must be purchased at the same time. So when you purchase a ticket for Palace v Tottenham, you must also purchase a ticket for at least one of the following matches: Palace v Sunderland, Palace v Swansea, Palace v Fulham or Palace v Everton. 

MATCHDAY INFORMATION
Getting to Selhurst Park: Please note that rail works are taking place at London Bridge train station this weekend, which may effect your journey to the stadium on Sunday. 

At Selhurst Park: New for this season, our Fan Zone will be open in the directors' car park ahead of Sunday's game for the first time. This will provide the perfect area to meet up with fellow supporters for pre and post-match refreshments, with a selection of food and drink available. Our very own Kayla The Eagle and the Crystal Girls will also be in attendance. This are will be open from 10.30am and will re-open post match as well.

Glaziers will also open from the same time and will be open to supporters with tickets to the Glaziers Lounge. 

Crystals re-opens before matchdays this season for home supporters who have a match ticket for the game. They will be eligible for free access to the club before the game. It will open from 11am and will be operating on a first come first served basis. Entry to the club can be gained via the staircase by the side of the Sainsbury's entrance. Beers available on the day will include draught Cronx Blonde, Palace Ale and Kernel Pale Ale in bottles. Co-chairman Stephen Browett and Mark Bright will be in Crystals between 11.30am and midday. Please not that Crystals will not be open after the game.  

LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary from all 90 minutes of the game will be available on Palace Player. To log-in or subscribe to the service, CLICK HERE. We will also be providing minute-by-minute updates via our official Twitter account, @Official_CPFC.