With a victory at Selhurst Park on Friday night, Tottenham can increase their advantage atop the Premier League standings to five points as they attempt to go ten games without a loss this year. With goals from James Maddison and Son Heung-min either side of halftime, Spurs defeated Fulham 2-0 on Monday night to make it back-to-back wins without giving up. Together, these two players have scored eight goals this season.
Ange Postecoglou made history with the victory as he broke the previous record held by Mike Walker and Guus Hiddink (22 points) and became the first manager in Premier League history to accumulate 23 points from his team’s first nine games in the tournament.
In contrast, Crystal Palace enters the game on a poor run, having lost their past five Premier League games (D2, L3). Their 4-0 loss to Newcastle last weekend made it four games in a row and 403 minutes without a goal in the league. As if that weren’t awful enough, Roy Hodgson will be managing English clubs for the 500th time against the team he has lost the least amount of games against in the Premier League (minimum of 5 games), having only triumphed in one of his 20 top-flight encounters against Spurs (5%).
Team news for Crystal Palace vs. Tottenham
Roy Hodgson will be without Michael Olise and Eberechi Eze once more, two players whom Crystal Palace will really miss. Dean Henderson, James Tomkins, and Nathan Ferguson join them on the sidelines, and Jeffrey Schlupp will take a late fitness test. But Matheus Franca, the summer acquisition, had his eagerly anticipated team debut against Newcastle last time out and might get his first start.
Ivan Perisic, Manor Solomon, Ryan Sessegnon, and Alfie Whiteman are all out for Spurs due to long-term injuries, although Rodrigo Bentancur is back in full training following his ACL tear and might sit on the bench.
After receiving a red card against Luton, Yves Bissouma is back on the field and Ange Postecoglou must make a choice. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg may be able to maintain his position in the midfield as Chelsea is the next opponent. The Mali midfielder is one yellow card away from serving a second one-match suspension.
Crystal Palace vs Tottenham head-to-head record
- 06/05/23 – Tottenham 1-0 Crystal Palace – Premier League
- 04/01/23 – Crystal Palace 0-4 Tottenham – Premier League
- 26/12/21 – Tottenham 3-0 Crystal Palace – Premier League
- 11/09/21 – Crystal Palace 3-0 Tottenham – Premier League
- 07/03/21 – Tottenham 4-1 Crystal Palace – Premier League