2021-22 Premier League: Week Four – Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur

Crystal Palace welcome London rivals, Tottenham Hotspur to Selhurst Park as the Premier League resumes after September’s international break. 

Victory could lift Palace as high as 11th whereas Tottenham will remain top for another week with a win.

 

Team News

Michael Olise could make his competitive debut for Palace after recovering from a back injury which had kept him out throughout August.

Luka Milivojevic (fitness) is also set to be in contention but Eberechi Eze and Nathan Ferguson (both Achilles) remain ruled out.

Tottenham will be without Cristian Romero, Giovani Lo Celso and Davinson Sanchez due to quarantine regulations, after all three went on international duty in South America for Argentina and Colombia respectively without permission.

Steven Bergwijn (ankle) is a doubt and will face a late fitness test alongside Ryan Sessegnon (knock), Son Heung-Min (calf) and Oliver Skipp (groin).

Tanguy Ndombele has been snubbed by Nuno Espirito Santo so far this season but could be handed a recall following Skipp’s injury.

Emerson Royal could make his debut after signing from Barcelona on Deadline Day.

 

Stat Attack

  • Crystal Palace are winless in their last five matches against Tottenham (D2, L3).
  • Tottenham are unbeaten in their last six away league matches against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park (W4, D2), dropping just four points out of a possible 18 points.
  • Palace have fought from behind in their last two home clashes against Tottenham as Jeffrey Schlupp cancelled out opening goals from Harry Kane on both occasions in 1-1 draws.
  • Conor Gallagher is the only Palace player to have scored this season, as he netted twice in a 2-2 draw at West Ham a fortnight ago.
  • Spurs have won all three of their league matches so far this season by 1-0 results.

 

Prediction

Despite enduring a slow start to the season under Patrick Vieira, Palace have shown admirable strength in their defending in the last two matches but this will be a tough test of their attacking quality after a spirited fightback against West Ham a fortnight ago.

Tottenham meanwhile have scraped three consecutive one goal wins without conceding in their opening three league games, which will give them extra confidence on top of a brilliant display against Watford last time out in which they were brilliant across the pitch.

I however do wonder how long they can keep scraping those 1-0 results and given how their last two visits to Selhurst Park have unfolded, I can see a tough contest here because Palace will try and frustrate their London rivals with a strong defensive effort.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Result: Crystal Palace 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur

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