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The Palace Preview & Team News: Tottenham Hotspur

2 April 2019

Crystal Palace will be the opposition for Tottenham Hotspur in tonight's inaugural Premier League clash at Spurs' New Stadium, helping to raise the curtain on one of the biggest nights of the season.

The Eagles are a fitting opponent for such a game and will provide the hosts with a tough hurdle to leap as they seek to christen their new stadium in the appropriate, celebratory fashion.

Looking to put a stop to that will be a Palace side who have beaten the Lilywhites once already this year in a 2-0 triumph in the FA Cup on Selhurst's turf back in January.

However, their overall form against tonight's opposition has been largely unlucky, with five of their most recent six clashes ending in a 1-0 Spurs win. Famously though, away to Tottenham albeit at White Hart Lane, the Eagles recorded a remarkable 1-0 victory in the fifth round of the FA Cup thanks to a Martin Kelly goal on the stroke of half time.

That match ultimately helped them on their way to Wembley for the 2016 FA Cup final, but this year Palace will be looking simply to advance up the Premier League table and, with AFC Bournemouth not playing until Saturday, they will have the chance to sit 12th in the table before facing Newcastle United while the Cherries battle with Bournemouth.

Encouragingly, by the end of Saturday, Palace will still have a game in hand over Eddie Howe's side, however, and so can only have their position strengthened by even a point today.

There are only two other Premier League clashes taking place this evening and one in particular may catch Palace fans' eyes, as Brighton & Hove Albion travel to Stamford Bridge for a fixture with 6th-placed Chelsea. The Seagulls, with a game in hand, could pull level on points with the Eagles should they earn a victory, however Palace have a chance to lead themselves six points ahead should they win and the south-coast side lose.

Elsewhere, Manchester City host Cardiff City.

And though facing Tottenham away may seem like a daunting task, tonight's hosts have suffered from a glaring dip in form over recent weeks, having not won a Premier League match in five games - recording just one point in such a time.

Conversely, the Eagles have won two of their last three league games, notching up two wins a draw from their last three on the road.

Team news

Hodgson: "Mamadou Sakho is the one I can’t select at the moment; we are blessed that we don’t have too many injuries."

For Spurs, Harry Winks, Eric Dier and Serge Aurier are all unavailable.

Tactical overview

Spurs have been playing thoroughly out of form lately however the talismanic Harry Kane has still notched up three goals from his last five league games. It is hard to neutralise the forward, especially given his tendency to roam deep down the pitch in search for the ball or in support of his midfield. This makes man marking tough, though it is clear that bringing Kane out of the game provides a debilitating blow to the Lilywhites.

Against Liverpool, Pochettino opted to play a 3-5-2 in the opening spells, but this left his side exposed to attacks on the flanks. The Eagles, equipped with Wan-Bissaka, Patrick van Aanholt, Zaha and Andros Townsend, will be keen to exploit this tactical Achilles' heel if it is fielded again.

Stat to share

Tonight will see Tottenham become the first club to play a home game at two different stadia within a single Premier League season.

Live coverage

This match will not be shown live on TV in the UK, however you can stay up-to-date with all the action across our channels.

Make sure to follow our live blog here on from 6pm, as we bring you every match update you need to know as well as all the pre-match build-up, highlights from the evening and new stadium as well as all of the tweets, videos and pictures you won't want to miss.

You can also check out our Instagram story pre-match for all of the build-up and our official Twitter page will be bringing you match updates.

Alternatively, grab your Palace Audio pass for just £1.49 to enjoy full commentary of this match.

For fans following from abroad, have a look at our Worldwide TV Listings here. And if you're wondering where the nearest official fan club is to you, you can click here to find out.


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Match Reports

Palace go down 2-0 to Spurs in the new stadium

3 April 2019

Palace fell 2-0 to Tottenham Hotspur in their new stadium with goals from Heung-Min Son and Christian Eriksen.

The smoke from the elaborate opening pre-match firework display had barely settled before Vicente Guaita picked up where he left off at Selhurst Park on Saturday, comfortably collecting a Dele Alli header.

From the resulting passage of play from Guaita’s distribution, the Eagles registered their first chance with Jeffrey Schlupp picking up a delightfully weighted lofted ball from Luka Milivojevic, but the Ghanaian international blazed over despite breaking the Spurs defensive line.

Spurs began to probe and press and in the 10th minute, Heung-Min Son, try as he might, couldn’t find a way through the Palace defence, as the South Korean international scuttled across the Eagles’ penalty box trying to work an opening – eventually, Son gave up and teed up Christian Eriksen but the Dane’s shot pea-rolled past an unfazed Guaita for a goal kick.

Patrick van Aanholt was the next player to stop Spurs from opening their goal account in the new stadium, with the Dutchman sprinting across from left-back to block Eriksen’s effort from 20 yards out in the centre of Guaita’s goal.

Spurs clearly wanted an early goal within the opening 20 minutes, however, a resolute, compact and well-organised Roy Hodgson side were intercepting the ball time and time again, much to the Lilywhites faithful’s growing frustration.

Next to try and break down the Eagles resilience was Kieran Trippier who worked his way into the penalty box, before finding Eriksen, unmarked, in the box, eight-yards out. But just like the Terriers found on Saturday, it isn’t easy getting past Palace’s No.1, and Guaita reacted sharply to get down to his right-hand side before Martin Kelly fully cleared the danger.

Spurs continued to probe and with 21 minutes on the clock they almost took the lead in the luckiest of circumstances: a lofted ball over the top of Palace’s defensive line from Dele Alli was intended for Eriksen – who continued to find himself in goalscoring positions in the opening half of the first half – however, the England international’s ball just evaded the running Dane and flew narrowly past the Crystal Palace post, much to the relief of the vocal red and blue section of the stadium.

Spurs were now camped inside the Palace half and their latest chance came when Milivojevic fouled Alli right outside the penalty box. However, from the resulting free-kick, Michy Batshuayi headed away well from inside the wall.

The first historical stat for the annals arrived in the 28th minute when Alli exacted revenge on Palace’s captain for the foul moments ago, with referee Andre Mariner dishing out the first yellow card in the new stadium to the Englishman.

Almost 10 minutes passed until the next real moment of note in the game, with Son forcing Guaita to edge the ball round his post for a corner.

James Tomkins was the next in a long line of Palace players digging deep to thwart Spurs taking the lead with the centre-back sprinting across in the 42nd minute to close down Danny Rose as his fellow countryman was readying himself to take aim in the box.

Kane rose highest a minute later from a corner with the striker’s header going wide, again an attempt that Palace’s man between the sticks had covered all the way.

The second half started the same as the first 45 went with Trippier and Son sending speculative efforts over inside the first few minutes.

When 51 minutes arrived it almost saw the Eagles take the lead via the inside of Batshuayi’s right foot, with the Belgian breaking the offside trap, bringing the ball down delicately onto his chest before cutting inside Trippier and sending the ball just wide from outside the box.

As the Spurs fans began to get restless, Kane thought he’d managed to work space inside the box, but just as the South Stand rose behind the goal the Englishman was facing, Kelly put an end to any potential celebrations with a solid block on 53 minutes.

Eventually, 55 minutes of Lilywhites probing finally came to fruition with Son finding himself one-on-one with Tomkins, before cutting inside the defender, taking it away from the rushing back Cheikhou Kouyaté, and the resulting shot from the South Korean deflected, unfortunately, into the back of Guaita’s net.

With Palace now looking to draw level and pushing up, Spurs almost made the south Londoners pay when Kane went clean through, however, Spurs' top scorer this season curled his effort high and wide.

Son looked to double his and Spurs' tally in the 73rd minute, however, despite having plenty of time the Tottenham forward's effort lacked pace and precision and tamely found Guaita in the centre of his goal.

As Palace looked to maintain their 100% record in wearing their home kit in away games this season, Hodgson sent Andros Townsend and Christian Benteke out to warm up - Townsend was the first of the aforementioned duo to enter the pitch against his former club, replacing Schlupp in the 79th minute.

A minute later, however, Palace found themselves 2-0 down as Kane bundled his way through the penalty area and after a couple of falls and blocks, the ball found its way to Eriksen who smashed home from close range.

Palace pushed to find a way back into the game and two chances in quick succession almost gave the Eagles something to cheer about. Firstly, Van Aanholt saw his cross-cum-shot almost deceive Hugo Lloris, before Christian Benteke headed wide from yards out moments later.

Next up to try and give Palace a lifeline was Wilfried Zaha with the Ivorian going on a trademark mazy dance through the Spurs penalty area and drawing a fine close-range save from Lloris.

Despite a flurry of opportunities in the final stages it wasn't meant to be for Palace with Spurs winning 2-0.

Spurs: Lloris, Trippier, Rose (Winks 69), Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Son Heung-Min (Wanyama 90), Kane, Sissoko, Alli (Moura 82), Eriksen, Davies.

Subs not used: Gazzaniga, Sánchez, Walker-Peters, Foyth.

Palace: Guaita, Van Aanholt, Kelly, Tomkins, Wan-Bissaka, McArthur, Kouyate, Milivojevic, Zaha, Schlupp (Townsend 79), Batshuayi (Benteke 82)

Subs not used: Hennessey, Ward, Dann, Meyer, Ayew.

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Ticket News

SOLD OUT: No more Tottenham Hotspur tickets on sale

27 March 2019

Crystal Palace's fixture against Tottenham Hotspur on the 3rd of April has now sold out for travelling fans.

A small number of tickets are expected to be returned, so any supporter who has missed out can join the waiting list.

Supporters wishing to join the waiting list will only be able to do so if they have the required amount of loyalty points set out in the sales procedure for this fixture.

Points required

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4000+ points from 10am 28/03/19
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You can join the waiting list for Spurs by clicking here, over the phone on 08712 000 071 or in person at the box office.

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