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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Crystal Palace, 20.08.16

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Full Record of Spurs -v- Crystal Palace

Prem         Pl  W   D   L  For-Ag  Pts
Home         7   2   4   1   6 - 4   10
Away         7   4   1   2  12 - 9   13
Total(Prem) 14   6   5   3  18 -13   23
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) 14   6   5   3  18 -13   23
Total(Div 1)18  10   5   3   30 -15  26
Total(Div 2) 2   1   1   0    4 -3    3
Grand Total 34  17  11   6   52 -31  52

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    WDDLLD

Stoke      0-4   Spurs
Spurs      1-1   West Brom
Chelsea    2-2   Spurs
Spurs      1-2   S'hampton
Newcastle  5-1   Spurs
Everton    1-1   Spurs

C. Palace  -    DLLWLL

Arsenal    1-1   C. Palace
Man Utd    2-0   C. Palace
Newcastle  1-0   C. Palace
C. Palace  2-1   Stoke
S'hampton  4-1   C. Palace
C. Palace  0-1   West Brom

Pos           P   W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
12. Spurs      1  0  1  0   1-1    0    1
19. C. Palace  1  0  0  1   0-1   -1    0

Don't rain on our parade, Palace!

It's going to be a while yet before we can eradicate that last game of the season 5-1 defeat at Newcastle from our 6 match form guide, and here to remind us this week is Andros Townsend, returning to The Lane for the first time since his January transfer to "The Toon". Despite Rafa Bentitez's decision to stay with relegated Newcastle, Townsend is one of the players who chose not to stay and fight for a return to the Premier League. Townsend signed for Pardew's Palace for a reported 13 million, whilst Wijnaldum, who scored two of Newcastle's 5 goals, has been signed by Liverpool.

It's Palace we are talking about, as they are the visitors for our first home game of the season, and our first London Derby. Since Palace returned to The Premier League three years ago, we have now faced them in August twice. On August 18th 2013, we opened our season with a game at Selhurst Park. Andre Villas-Boas was at the helm for his second season, and Spurs featured three of the seven players who were signed with some of the "Bale money". Roberto Soldado started and scored with a penalty. Paulinho also started along with Chadli, whilst Capoue impressed playing down the left side when he replaced Mousa Dembele. Spurs hadn't been awarded a Premier league penalty at all in the previous season, but Soldado would score again from the spot in our first home game against Swansea. It took him a long time to score a league goal from open play. Spurs fans still remember Roberto fondly for his effort at Tottenham, and his attitude towards the club since he left for Villarreal. Unfortunately, Soldado has suffered a nasty pre-season injury this year, and it will be a while before he is in action again.

Crystal Palace started last season so brightly and were as high as eighth as late as January this year. They went without a league win between December and April though, and became candidates for relegation. Utimately, they had the consolation of an FA Cup run all the way to the Final, losing 2-1 to Man Utd. On the way, Pardew's men had beaten Spurs in the Fifth Round at White Hart Lane in one of our under-whelming performances of the season.

Last year's home game was won by Son Heung-min's 68th minute goal. Son had scored two goals in his home debut against Qarabag three days before and had looked a bright prospect for Spurs. Over the course of the season he showed flashes of skill, but appeared somewhat lightweight. He will be hoping for chances to show more this season. Son is back from his Olympic commitment with South Korea, and "will be assessed", but I don't expect him to figure in this game. Of course, we cannot let reference to last season pass without mentioning Dele Alli's magnificent goal of the season scored in our 3-1 away win in January!

This week, Palace have lost star wing-man Yannick Bolasie to Everton for a fee of 25 million. Bolasie was a big miss for two months last season, and was always a danger man when playing. Alan Pardew has also sold midfielder Mile Jedinak to Aston Villa, keen to fight their way back into the top flight.

Apart from Townsend, Pardew's other big-money signing (still being finalised at the time of writing) is 27 million striker Christian Benteke. Benteke was signed for big money last year by Liverpool from Villa, and didn't make too much impression, losing favour once Klopp took over from Brendan Rodgers. In the Euro 2016 tournament, Benteke was a late substitute in two of Belgium's games. He'll be hoping to refresh his goal-scoring prowess with Townsend and Zaha in the supply line. Initially, Benteke's proposed transfer was stumbling because Palace wanted to make add-ons such as a top four finish part of the deal! That says a lot about the "Eagles"' ambitions, but perhaps more about their grasp upon reality!

Palace lost 1-0 at home last week to West Brom, and will want to get going tomorrow, with hordes of their highly vocal support in attendance. The demolition of the north-east corner of the current White Hart Lane has meant that my season ticket has been moved to the South Upper, only two blocks away from that away support. I'll let you know how that experience goes in my match report!

Another of Palace's summer signings was West Ham cenral defender James Tomkins, who may not be available due to a hamstring injury. That is what will keep Spurs keeper and Captain out for another three weeks, so Michel Vorm will step up for only his fifth Premier League start at Tottenham. An ominous fact is that have Spurs have yet to win a Premier League game in which Vorm has started. However, we did beat Leicester 4-3 in March 2015 when Michel had to replace Lloris after only 4 minutes.

Dembele is still suspended, of course. Pardew likes to adopt an attacking policy, and it will be interesting to see if Pochettino tries Kane and Janssen in tandem from the start. I personally doubt that will happen, and expect the same starting line-up as last week, with the obvious exception of Vorm for Lloris.

The weather forecast is also ominous with heavy rain a prospect. We don't want Palace to rain on our parade! However, I do feel confident in our team, and will go for a 2-0 home win.

Tomorrow's match referee is one of my favourite officials, 31 year old Michael Oliver. Appointed to the Premier League list in 2010, Mr. Oliver proves himself totally un-flustered and competent time and time again. We last saw him in our North London Derby game in March, when Mr Oliver sent off Coquelin for a second yellow card. It didn't stop The Gooners getting a 2-2 draw though!

Spurs' record in recent London Derby matches

Reviewing Spurs' last Champions League Season - 2010-11. This week 6 years ago Gareth Bale scored both our goals in a win at Stoke. One of the goals was a real cracker!

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