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Full Record of Spurs -v- Crystal Palace

Prem         Pl  W   D   L  For-Ag  Pts
Home         8   3   4   1   7 - 4   13
Away         8   5   1   2  13 - 9   16
Total(Prem) 16   8   5   3  20 -13   29
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) 16   8   5   3  20 -13   29
Total(Div 1)18  10   5   3   30 -15  26
Total(Div 2) 2   1   1   0    4 -3    3
Grand Total 36  19  11   6   54 -31  58

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    DWWWWL

Spurs      0-0    Swansea
West Ham   2-3    Spurs
Hds'field  0-4    Spurs
Spurs      1-0    B'mouth
Spurs      4-1    Liverpool
Man Utd    1-0    Spurs

C. Palace  -    LLLWLD

C. Palace  0-1    S'hampton
Man City   5-0    C. Palace
Man Utd    4-0    C. Palace
C. Palace  2-1    Chelsea
Newcastle  1-0    C. Palace
C. Palace  2-2    West Ham

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 3. Spurs     10  6  2  2  19-7   12   20
20. C. Palace 10  1  1  8   4-21 -17    4

Let's have another sparkler!

Spurs face Crystal Palace in a lunchtime kick-off on Sunday to kick off the televised Fireworks Day extravaganza. Spurs, and their fans are still on the greatest of highs after their magical midweek Champions League win over European Champions Real Madrid. Crystal Palace, now led by former England manager Roy Hodgson, might be at the bottom of the table, but they will come to Wembley full of hope, partly because they are a team that beat Premier League Champions Chelsea only three weeks ago. They added to those three points with a last ditch draw last week at home to West Ham, after coming back from a two goal deficit. They beat the Premier League Champions. Why shouldn't they beat a team in form which aspires to Premier League, and now Champions League glory?

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino was already focussing upon this game in his post-match interview after the victory over Real Madrid. The impression given was of a man whose team will be grounded and properly prepared for domestic business. With four of the top five meeting later in the day after the Spurs game (Chelsea v Man Utd and Man City v Arsenal) a Spurs win will ensure they gain points on at least two of those teams - hopefully all of them if those matches are drawn.

We already know that we will have to face Palace without our captain and number one goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who managed to limp through the last stages of Wednesday night's game despite a groin injury. Toby Alderweireld will also be absent, and perhaps for a longer period, as we wait for his injury to be fully assessed. In this regard, the final International break of the year will bring welcome respite and recovery time, but there is another London Derby at The Emirates to contemplate in two weeks' time. To win tomorrow is as crucial as any game.

This will be only the ninth home Premier League meeting between the two sides. Palace have only won once of these games. That came on 24th November, 1997, during the season that is currently under review here on Spurs Odyssey on a match by match basis. The game followed an International break, and a certain centre-half who shall not be named was part of the England squad which had already quaified for the 1998 World Cup with Glenn Hoddle in the manager's chair. England had done that with a 0-0 draw in Italy in the October, so, like this year, the November break did not involve a play-off tie for England.

Spurs had a new manager, following the departure of Gerry Francis after a 4-0 drubbing at Anfield on November 8th. Christian Gross was the new man, but he watched our game against Palace from the stands as Chris Hughton took care of the team for a Monday night game. Spurs lost 1-0 with Neil Shipperley scoring a 57th minute goal. One member of the Palace team was Icelander Hermann Hreidarsson, who had the dubious pleasure of experiencing relegation from the Premier league with Palace, Wimbledon, Ipswich, Charlton and Portsmouth! The full match report for that November 1997 defeat will be uploaded to the site later this month.

Last season, we beat Palace 1-0 at home and away. Victor Wanyama scored his first Spurs goal in the August home game, and in April Christian Eriksen scored a stunning 30 yarder to ensure that we took home all the points, and stayed in the title race against Chelsea. We have in fact won our last four Premier League games against Palace, including the 3-1 game in January 2016, which inckuded Dele Alli's goal of the season! Victor Wanyama is another confirmed absentee for Spurs, as we await more information regarding his knee injury and prognosis for a return to action.

Palace have had a number of injuries and recently lost Christian Benteke to a knee injury - not that he's hit the net so far this season anyway! Mamadou Sakho and James McArthur returned to training today (Friday) and may be available but van Arnholt will not train before tomorrow, so may still be a doubt. One of the reasons for Palace's recent improved form has been the return from injury of former Spurs target Wilfried Zaha. Andros Townsend will be playing against his former club for the third time, but for the first time in front of Spurs' home fans. He'll be keen to impress - not only his manager and his former fans, but maybe Gareth Southgate, who has once again overlooked for the former England International.

Despite the enforced and perhaps other adjustments that Pochettino will make to his team, Spurs are odds on favourites (naturally) to win this game, and I expect something like a 3-0.

We haven't seen match referee Kevin Friend in the middle since last December, when we beat Burnley 2-1. Of all the referees we see in domestic football, Mr Friend has the highest average mark in our post-match surveys. he doesn't get as many Premier league games as other officials, but when he officiates in a lower league game, it does tend to be a high profile match such as the recent Cardiff v Leeds Championship game.

Spurs' record in recent London Derby matches

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