Tottenham host Crystal Palace this weekend, as they kick off their final season at White Hart Line.
Tottenham weren’t at their best against Everton last weekend, especially in the first half. However, we still managed to get a point.
I believe many teams will struggle at Goodison Park over the coming years with Ronald Koeman at the helm, so it’s not a bad point.
Looking forward to our next game against Palace, I expect Tottenham to win comfortably.
This will be the season where Crystal Palace are exposed by Alan Pardew’s poor tactics.
Crystal Palace also lack a goal-scorer for the upcoming match (unless they manage to rush through the Benteke deal) as well as losing their talisman, Yannick Bolasie, to Everton.
This game could be the catalyst in Tottenham’s season as they have the capacity to give Palace a hiding if they are able to capitalise on the aforementioned weaknesses.
In turn, this could boost the confidence of the Tottenham players and they may be able to go on a good run over the next month or two. That would be useful with clash against Liverpool coming up next.
Michel Vorm is expected to start after Hugo Lloris suffered a hamstring injury against Everton, whilst Dembele will still be serving his lengthy ban.
Heung Min-Son is available for selection after recently competing in the Olympics with South Korea.
Tottenham expected line-up: Vorm, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Wanyama, Dier, Lamela, Eriksen, Dele, Kane.
All eyes will be on Andros Townsend as he returns against his boyhood club, trying to prove a point to Pochettino and co.
Yohan Cabaye, James Tomkins and Steve Mandanda all appeared for the development squad and are all expected to feature.
Crystal Palace expected line-up: Mandanda, Ward, Dann, Tomkins, Souare, Cabaye, Puncheon, Ledley, Zaha, Wickham, Townsend.
Mauricio Pochettino claims that Michel Vorm is “ready to compete” after Hugo Lloris’ injury last week.
Pochettino also said: “[Heung-min] Son is available, he arrived a little bit sad after the elimination in the quarter-final and we’ll see.
“We need to assess him tomorrow to see if he’s in the squad or not.”
Catch Pochettino’s full press conference here
Both teams will be adamant to bounce back with wins after failing to do so last weekend.
Don’t be surprised if Andros Townsend plays a blinder after being sold by Spurs in January. We all know he is a dangerous player and he showed good form Newcastle towards the end of last season.
Watch highlights of last season’s stunning 3-1 victory over Palace
It is vital that Tottenham get the three points here as a mouth-watering affair against Liverpool is on the horizon and Tottenham need to be full of confidence going into that game.
I expect Tottenham to claim three points in the first London derby of the season with a comfortable 2-0 win. I’m expecting Janssen and Kane to both get off the mark.
Written by Ben Mathias
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