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Full Record of Spurs -v- Crystal Palace

Prem         Pl  W   D   L  For-Ag  Pts
Home         6   1   4   1   5 - 4    7
Away         5   3   1   1   8 - 6   10
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Total(Prem) 11   4   5   2  13 -10   17
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Football Lge
Home(Div 1)  9   5   2   2   14 -6   12
Away(Div 1)  9   5   3   1   16 -9   14
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Total(Div 1)18  10   5   3   30 -15  26
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Football Lge  
Home(Div 2)  1   0   1   0    2 -2    1
Away(Div 2)  1   1   0   0    2 -1    2
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Total(Div 2) 2   1   1   0    4 -3    3
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Total(Prem) 11   4   5   2  13 -10   17
Total(Div 1)18  10   5   3   30 -15  26
Total(Div 2) 2   1   1   0    4 -3    3
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Grand Total 31  15  11   5   47 -28  46
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Last Six Premier League results:-

C. Palace -    DDLLDD

Spurs      0-0   C. Palace
C. Palace  1-1   Stoke   
Man City   3-0   C. Palace
C. Palace  1-3   S'hampton
QPR        0-0   C. Palace
A. Villa   0-0   C. Palace

Spurs     -    DWWWDW

Spurs      0-0   C. Palace
Swansea    1-2   Spurs
Spurs      2-1   Burnley
Leicester  1-2   Spurs
Spurs      0-0   Man Utd
Spurs      5-3   Chelsea

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 5. Spurs     20 10  4  6  29-27   2   34
18. C. Palace 20  3  8  9  20-30 -10   17

Can Pardew turn Palace on?

Spurs are now unbeaten in their last six Premier League games. Palace haven't won any of their last six league games, and in fact their last such win was 9 games ago, in November, at home to Liverpool. Palace have managed just two goals, both at home, in those last six games, whilst Spurs have scored 11, 5 of them in our last humdinger at home to Chelsea.

So, what can go wrong for Spurs here? They will be favourites to win, probably odds on, and Palace are in the bottom three.

As always, anything can go wrong. Firstly, we will have to deal with "new manager syndrome", with Alan Pardew scheduled to make his first home appearance at Palace's leader. That will mean we have faced a different manager in each of our last four games against this opposition.

Our last visit to Selhurst Park was on the opening day of the 2013-14 season, on 18th August. We won 1-0, with a Soldado penalty. Ian Holloway was in charge of the home team. However, when Palace came to White Hart Lane last January, Tony Pulis was in charge. We won 2-0. Finally, 6 league games ago, a Neil Warnock side got a deserved draw. (Spurs 0 Palace 0 - 06/12/14) The match finished 0-0, with Hugo Lloris having to perform heroics to preserve our clean sheet. Lloris made an excellent save to prevent Yannick Bolasie from scoring. Bolasie is off to the African Cup of Nations tournament, and will surely be missed.

Spurs have had to make an adjustment with Nabil Bentaleb also absent in Africa. We'll wait to see if Ryan Mason can return at the back of midfield for this game, but no doubt Pochettino will make several changes from the team which drew at Burnley on Monday night.

Another issue Spurs have to deal with is the fact that we actually don't have a very good record in the Premier League years, although our away record is better than that at home. We've won three of our five away games played so far. In January, 1993, Spurs went 3-0 up before half-time. Teddy Sheringham scored two, and Andy Gray (no, not that one!) scored between Sheringhahm's two. Neil Ruddock gave Palace a goal back with a second half own goal. Future Spurs Chris Armstrong was in the Palace side.

Armstrong was in the Spurs side which also won 3-1 at Selhurst park in March 1998. Armstrong scored one of our goals, with Nicola Berti and Jurgen Klinsmann scoring either side of the former Palace man. That was a precious win for Spurs, who were battling relegation. That battle was won when we went back to Selhurst Park in May 1998, and beat Wimbledon 6-2. Palace did finish bottom that season.

Another factor that could tell against us tomorrow is the atmosphere. Palace home fans never stop making a tremendous noise, no matter what the score is. They are a true twelfth man in football terms.

It' time this month for Spurs to get some payback for three disappointing results earlier in the season. This is the first of those games, where we must do better than the point we managed at White Hart Lane. Then we have Sunderland, against whom we threw away two points last September. Lastly, we will face West Brom, also with a new manager (Tony Pulis), against whom we lost at White Hart Lane.

First things first though, and I think we will win tomorrow. I'm going for the 2-1!

The referee for tomorrow's game is Anthony Taylor. He has taken charge of our 4-0 home win against QPR, and the home defeat by Newcastle so far. I have grown to like Mr Taylor, who does always look for an opportunity to allow "play-on". This can, of course, work to a team's advantage or disadvantage.

Spurs record in recent London Derby matches.

10 years ago on 8th January, Spurs beat Brighton 2-1 at home in the FA Cup 3rd round.

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