Premier League leaders Tottenham will be looking for their fourth straight win when they visit Crystal Palace in the first leg of Gameweek 10 on Friday night.
It’s a quick turnaround for Ange Postecoglou’s Spurs after they beat Fulham 2-0 on Monday night. James Maddison and Son Heung-min combined once again with devastating effect to topple their London brother.
Tottenham will be beaming with confidence as they head into another London clash south of the river on Friday, with Palace falling to Newcastle last time out.
In the absence of their key attacking stars, the Eagles struggled to put a finger on the Magpies and go into this having scored one goal in their last four Premier League games.
Here’s a 90-minute preview of Tottenham’s upcoming trip to Crystal Palace.
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Matheus Franca made his Crystal Palace debut for Newcastle / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages
Michael Olise has yet to play for the Eagles this season but could return from the bench after recovering from injury. Eberechi Eze is still out for the hosts.
James Tomkins is expected to miss the game while there are doubts over the status of Nathan Ferguson, Jeffrey Schlupp and Dean Henderson.
Summer arrival Matheus Franca could make his first start for the club after making his Newcastle debut as a substitute.
Palace predicted lineup against Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Johnstone; Ward, Guehi, Andersen, Mitchell; Lerma, Doucoure; Ayew, Franca, Schlupp; Edward.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg could keep his place in the starting line-up despite the return of Yves Bissouma / James Gill – Danehouse/GettyImages
Yves Bissouma is selected again after serving a one-match ban against Fulham. However, he remains on a yellow card from his second suspension so Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg could remain in the XI as Bissouma returns against Chelsea the following week.
Rodrigo Bentancur is back in training but is not expected to return until next month, while Ryan Sessegnon is also nearing a return. Destiny Udogie and Pape Matar Sarr were both sent off in the second half against Fulham, but neither is expected to miss Friday’s game.
Manor Solomon and Ivan Perisic are both long-term absentees.
Tottenham predicted team against Palace (4-2-3-1): Vicario; Porro, Romero, Van de Ven, Udogie; Hojbjerg, Sarr; Kulusevski, Maddison, Richarlison; Son.
Palace will be determined to bounce back from their win on Tyneside by impressing in front of the Selhurst Park faithful against a side they haven’t had too much success against recently.
In the absence of Eberechi Eze, however, Palace look a tame attacking force, although Roy Hodgson will be hoping that either Matheus Franca or the potential return of Olise can provide a spark.
However, this Spurs team is currently performing at a very high level with confidence flowing through Ange’s very exciting outfit. The Palace faithful could make life difficult under the lights, but it’s hard to see the hosts causing the league leaders too many problems in possession.
The hosts could frustrate the visitors for a period on Friday night, but Tottenham will once again find a way.
Prediction: Crystal Palace 0-2 Tottenham READ THE LATEST Premier League News, Rumors and Gossip