Tottenham v Crystal Palace
High flying Crystal Palace head to North London in the Sunday lunchtime kick-off as they look to put a last gasp defeat at home to Manchester City behind them.
Tottenham, on the other hand, come into the match after successive victories over Sunderland and Qarabag respectively.
Ryan Mason scored at the Stadium of Light to give Spurs the three points, and in the Europa League new signing Heung-Min Son scored a brace to endear him to the White Hart Lane faithful.
Palace have started this season where they left off last; with refreshing attacking football they have already sprung a few surprises, the most notable one being the 2-1 victory at Chelsea a couple of weeks ago.
Under Alan Pardew the side has evolved; and with Yohan Cabaye orchestrating the play in midfield at the moment they are a match for any side in the league.
But when coming up against London rivals, Palace hasn’t fared so well. In their last 19 top-flight London derbies they have only won three of them, and two of them have come under Pardew in the last year.
Going forward they are as good as anyone; Yannick Bolasie, Wilfried Zaha, and Jason Puncheon have enough craft and trickery to cause havoc to any defence in the league – but what is concerning is the lack of clean sheets.
Palace is not usually a side that is known for plenty of clean sheets. The gung-ho approach in which they adopt tends to favour goals flying in at both ends which are certainly entertaining for the fans.
And in his press conference Pardew said: “I can cope with winning 3-2, 4-3, and 5-4. The bottom line is I want this team to think about scoring goals.”
In terms of team news Palace could welcome back Joe Ledley and Connor Wickham from their respective injuries. But Joel Ward will be out again as he recovers from his injury. Julian Speroni is fit and available but Alex McCarthy should keep his place.
Spurs have failed to hit the heights of bygone years with Mauricio Pochettino now at the helm. The former Southampton manager is trying to implementing his style of play on the club, but as yet it is taking a little time to perfect.
One player who hasn’t started well is Harry Kane; the England striker had a superb breakthrough year last year, scoring 31 goals in all competitions.
It seemed everything he touched last season seemed to go in. But this year he has been a little off the pace, which can be said for the rest of Tottenham’s squad.
But they have only lost one of their last seven Premier League matches; so they are proving to be resilient and doing their best to claw out results when they are not at their best.
The Sunday lunchtime game should be an entertaining one to watch – one side is riding on the crest of a wave at the moment, whilst the other is trying to rediscover its best form.
So it could be a goal bonanza or a bore draw – either way Premier League football never fails to excite.