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Preview: Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur

19 September 2015


INTRO
After their heartbreaking last-gasp defeat to Manchester City on the weekend, Palace will aim to bounce back at a ground that has seen them beaten just once in their last six visits.

Tottenham currently occupy 12th spot in the Premier League but have only lost once in their opening five games, however their victory against Sunderland last week was their first of the campaign.

They followed that up with a 3-1 win over Azerbaijani side FK Qarabag on Thursday night in the Europa League at White Hart Lane, with new signing Son Heung-mi scoring twice on his home debut.


OPPOSITION VIEW

Mauricio Pochettino: [on the win against FK Qarabag] “It wasn’t easy but the answer was perfect for the team and in the end we fully deserved the result.

“We’re a young team, a young squad and there were debuts for a lot of players, so we can look back and take a lot of positives.

“Now we need to prepare for Palace, try to perform well again and try to win on Sunday.”


TEAM NEWS

Tottenham Hotspur: Pochettino has doubts over Christian Eriksen and Ryan Mason who have knee injuries but could shake them off for this game.

Eric Dier has also been sidelined recently with a similar problem and is questionable, with Nabil Bentelab definitely out with an ankle problem.

Moussa Dembele could return to action after missing the trip to Sunderland last week with an ankle issue.

Crystal Palace: Damien Delaney's groin injury kept him out of last weekend's defeat to Manchester City and he is doubtful to recover in time for this game.

Joel Ward remains out for the next few weeks but Mile Jedinak is fit again after picking up a knee injury against Shrewsbury Town last month.

Connor Wickham should be fit for the game after sitting out last weekend with a knock but Marouane Chamakh remains out long term.


STATS
Spurs have lost just one of their last seven Premier League matches (W3 D3 L1).

Palace have won only three of their last 19 Premier League London derbies away from home (D5 L11), but two of these have come under Alan Pardew.

Tottenham have failed to score a first half goal in any of their last ten games against the Eagles in the Premier League.

The average age of Spurs' starting XI in the Premier League this season is 24 years and 355 days - younger than any other team.

Since Pardew took charge of Palace in January 2015, Palace have scored more goals from set-pieces than any other side in the Premier League (16).


OFFICIALS

This game will see Michael Oliver take charge of the two teams - he has already dished out three red cards this season in five games but two of those came in the Stoke City v West Bromwich Albion game. He took charge of the Eagles three times last season, with Palace beating Everton but losing at home to Aston Villa and Manchester United.

Referee: M Oliver
Assistants: G Beswick and H Lennard
Fourth Official: L Mason


HEAD-TO-HEAD
Tottenham winsDrawsPalace wins
League15116
FA Cup212
League Cup110
Total18148


LAST MEETING AT SELHURST PARK

6th December 2014
Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 Crystal Palace
Premier League

Palace could count themselves unlucky not to take three points from their trip to Tottenham as the hosts held on for a draw at White Hart Lane.

Jason Puncheon hit the bar with the pick of numerous Palace chances.

Wide men Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha were also impressive but the breakthrough proved elusive with Roberto Soldado spurning the best of Tottenham's chances.


TICKETS
Tickets for this game are now SOLD OUT.


TRAVEL
Fans attending Sunday afternoon's game should be aware of changes to the London Overground schedule, which will affect supporters after the match.

London Overground and Transport for London have announced that White Hart Lane station's southbound platform will be closed between 3pm and 5:30pm on Sunday, with the Eagles' game likely to finish at around 3:15pm, as they hope to stop overcrowding in the area whilst planned Network Rail engineering works take place.

This means that Palace fans hoping to use the station to head back south will be unable to do so and other routes must be sought. Southbound trains from Enfield Town and Cheshunt will not call at Silver Street, White Hart Lane or Bruce Grove until after 5:30pm.

For more information, please click here.

Visiting supporters can download this guide to White Hart Lane for more information on how to get to the ground.


LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary of all 90 minutes from White Hart Lane will be available on Palace Player. Click here to log in or sign up. 

There will also be constant updates throughout the day at @CPFC on Twitter.

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