Preview - Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur 11 November 18

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Match Day 12
Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur
Sunday, November 11th, 2018
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace:   
Last five matches form: L L L D L
Average goals per match: 0.73
Average goals against per match: 1.45
Top Scorer: Wilfried Zaha (3)

Tottenham Hotspur:
Last five matches form: W W W L W
Average goals per match: 1.73
Average goals against per match: 0.91
Top Scorer: Harry Kane (6)

It's been a pretty rough start to the season for Roy Hodgson's Crystal Palace side, with just two wins and seven defeats from their opening eleven games. Having went down to Chelsea on Match Day 11 they face another of their powerful London rivals this weekend as Tottenham Hotspur come calling.

Tottenham did the double over Palace last season, winning 1-0 both home and away.

Christian Benteke, Joel Ward, Connor Wickham and Scott Dann are out for Crystal Palcace. Tottenham must do without Mousa Dembélé, Danny Rose, Vincent Janssen and Jan Vertonghen.

With the two goals they scored here against Arsenal both coming from the penalty spot, Crystal Palace are still yet to score from open play at home in the league this season.

One possible edge Crystal Palace may have here is the fact that they didn't have a game in midweek, whilst Tottenham arrive on the back of a hard fought come from behind win in the Champions League.

This will already be the eighth away match for Spurs season, and they have been excellent so far in winning six of their previous seven, with the only defeat coming when coughing up a lead at Watford. Those vulnerabilities were in evidence a little last time out too as they were made to withstand a late surge by Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Fatigue shouldn't really be a factor so early in the season and Tottenham look a side who ought to be well suited to playing Palace, as they are unlikely to afford too much room to the pacey Eagles forwards to attack on the counter. We fancy Harry Kane and co to grind out the win.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 1 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots:  8 - 10
Shots on target: 5 - 6
Corner Kicks: 10 - 6
Possession: 42% - 58%

Two bookings in this one, one for either side, with referee Jonathan Moss taking the names of James Tomkins of Crystal Palace and Harry Winks of Tottenham Hotspur.

Crystal Palace's hopes were dealt a major blow ahead of this fixture, with Wilfried Zaha being ruled out. The Eagles simply don't win without him in the side and so it proved again here against a Tottenham side who made six changes from their midweek Champions League fixture.

Both sides had chances in the opening period. Palace seemingly just about to break the deadlock only for the late intervention of Lucas Moura to prevent a cross making it through to an unmarked Palace forward at the far post, for what would have been a header into an empty goal.

Moussa Sissoko and Harry Kane had the best of the opportunities for Spurs, but both were only really half chances.

What turned out to be the only goal of the game came in the 66th minute. Very nearly the villain last week when conceding two penalties to Wolves on his Premier League debut, youngster Juan Foyth will have far happier memories of this game as it was he who grabbed the winner. A corner from the right being met with a powerful downward header from Harry Kane. His effort was blocked back up into the air but their was Foyth to nod home from close range.

Another solid result on the road of Tottenham Hotspur. Being able to consistently pick up these types of gritty wins will serve them well as the season progresses. They remain fourth at the end of Match Day 12.

Things aren't looking so rosy for Crystal Palace. The excuse that they are a better side than their points total would suggest is beginning to wear a little thin now and it is getting to the stage where it is points rather than performances that they are desperately in need of. Now down to 16th, they are only being kept out of the relegation zone on goal difference.

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