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Preview Pack - Crystal Palace v Spurs - 22.01.05

This season's home game - 1-1 draw
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What happened in the Premiership in Match 24 2003-4

Full Record of Spurs -v- Crystal Palace

Prem         Pl  W   D   L  For-Ag  Pts
Home         4   0   3   1   3 - 4   3
Away         3   2   1   0   7 - 3   7
Total(Prem)  7   2   4   1  10 - 7  10
Football Lge
Home(Div 1)  9   5   2   2   14 -6   12
Away(Div 1)  9   5   3   1   16 -9   14
Total(Div 1)18  10   5   3   30 -15  26
Football Lge  
Home(Div 2)  1   0   1   0    2 -2    1
Away(Div 2)  1   1   0   0    2 -1    2
Total(Div 2) 2   1   1   0    4 -3    3
Total(Prem)  7   2   4   1  10 - 7  10
Total(Div 1)18  10   5   3   30 -15  26
Total(Div 2) 2   1   1   0    4 -3    3
Grand Total 27  13  10   4   44 -25  39
Last Six Premiership results:-

Crystal Palace
Great new Spurs Head to Head Records in this new publication! (Spurs Odyssey is grateful to Bredon Books Publishing for their permission to quote certain statistics from their book in the compilation of this preview)
Man Utd    5-2   C. Palace
C. Palace  0-1   P'tsmouth
Spurs      1-1   C. Palace
Fulham     3-1   C. Palace
C. Palace  2-0   A. Villa
Man City   3-1   C. Palace


Spurs      5-1   S'hampton
Norwich    0-2   Spurs
Spurs      1-1   C. Palace
Spurs      5-2   Everton
Man Utd    0-0   Spurs
Spurs      0-2   Chelsea
Pos           P   W  D  L  F - A  GD  Pts
8  Spurs      23  9  6  8  29- 23  6  33
17 C. Palace  23  4  6 13  24- 37 -13 18
Spurs last visited Selhurst Park for a Premiership fixture in September 1999. The opposition was not Crystal Palace but a Wimbledon side featuring Neil Sullivan, and Ben Thatcher, later to play at White Hart Lane. In the Spurs side that day was Stephen Carr, who scored his first ever Premiership goal in the 1-1 draw, and went on to score two more that season, which were the humdingers against Manchester United and Sunderland. As we all know, Wimbledon have faded away in the five years since, and many Spurs fans would argue that Carr has never reached the levels of performance and achievement of that season. Now we don't worry about him, of course, as he languishes at Newcastle!

Read the 1999 match report here

Our last visit to Selhurst to play Palace was at the end of the 97-98 season, in March. Spurs were under the management of Christian Gross and immersed in the relegation battle. Spurs went three up through Berti, Chris Armstrong and Jurgen Klinsmann (in his brief return to The Lane) before Neil Shipperley (on the Palace books again now) scored what was a consolation. Spurs clinched their Premiership survival in their penultimate game of the season, also played at Selhurst Park against Wimbledon, when Klinsmann scored 4 and Spurs won 6-2! Palace finished bottom that year with 33 points.

Spurs and Palace fans alike may be interested to read this archive article written a few years ago, and referring to a game played between the two sides in 1970. There are one or two interesting snippets there, I promise you!

Since their good run in October, Palace have managed only 1 Premiership win in 12 games, but they still teeter above the brink of the relegation zone, thanks to the dismal form of the teams below them! After a dim performance against Fulham, Iain Dowie inspired his men to a fighting performance against Villa, and of course we still remember their display at White Hart Lane during the busy Christmas period. Having been knocked out of the FA Cup at Sunderland two weeks ago, The Eagles can concentrate upon survival, and if they can hold on to their current position that will make it a successful season.

Palace star Wayne Routledge has allegedly been very much on the transfer agenda between the two clubs this week, and it will be interesting to see whether anything is resolved before this game. I wonder if we will see him play, whatever the outcome of any negotiations? Certainly, if Spurs were to sign him, I bet he would not be allowed to feature, and anyway, time is now very short!

Fredi Kanoute is apparently not yet fit to play, and the same goes for Thimothee Atouba, but Spurs are not far away from a fully fit squad, with Simon Davies back in action for the Reserves mid-week, and Sean Davis back in training very soon. Seven years ago then, Spurs had relegation on their minds, but despite the set-back against Chelsea last week, they do now have a sequence of winnable games that COULD take Spurs back on the road to Europe.

There is no reason why a team unchanged from the starting line-up of last Saturday cannot take all three points, and I'm going for a 3-1 to Spurs, with Defoe to score twice, supported by Robbie Keane. That man Johnson might get one for Palace!

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