Premier League: Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur match preview
A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at Selhurst Park
Friday 16 August 2013
Crystal Palace return to the top flight after eight seasons in the Championship and will be hoping to survive a season in the Premier League for the first time. Talented youngster, Wilfried Zaha, has left the club to join Manchester United but Kevin Philips has signed a one year, permanent deal and the club have also acquired young striker Dwight Gayle from Peterborough. Both these players will be looking to fill the void left by injured striker Glen Murray who scored 30 goals last season. Murray is not expected back until early 2014.
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has spent the summer dealing with constant speculation about the future of star player Gareth Bale. Bale currently remains at the club and Spurs fans will be hoping to see him join up regularly with new striker Roberto Soldado. So far Tottenham have spent around £60m in the transfer window and Spurs fans will be hoping these new signings give the team the impetus to finish in the top four and gain a Champions League place.
KICK-OFF: Sunday, 1.30pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS:
Crystal Palace 3 (Leigertwood, Granville, Johnson) Tottenham 0, Premier League, January 2005
Tottenham 1 (Defoe) Crystal Palace 1 (Johnson), Premier League, December 2004
Tottenham 3 (Kanoute 3) Crystal Palace 0, FA Cup, January 2004
Crystal Palace were the Championship’s highest scoring home team last season with 52 goals.
Last season’s top scorer for Palace, Glen Murray, scored 30 Championship goals in 42 appearances whilst Tottenham’s top scorer, Gareth Bale, scored 21 Premiership goals in 33 appearances.
Crystal Palace to win: 3.5
Tottenham to win: 0.75
TV: Live on Sky Sports 1 at 1.30pm, highlights on BBC1 at 10.25pm.
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