Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira will look to get his first win in charge and end Tottenham’s 100 per cent start in the process at Selhurst Park this afternoon.
Two draws and a defeat has made it a bumpy introduction to life in south east London and things do not get any easier against Nuno Espirito Santo’s in-form Spurs.
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23min – Zaha snuffed out
Halfway through the first half and the possession share is pretty much even.
Wilfried Zaha trying to muscle his way past Oliver Skipp wide on the left. He does well to get away from Emerson Royal and Skipp does well to guide the ball out for a goal kick without conceding a foul. Zaha less happy with the decision.
21min – Gallagher wastes free-kick chance
An opening here for Palace as they win a free-kick about 25 yards out and slightly right of centre.
Conor Gallagher, who scored twice at West Ham, fancies taking this one on. Goes for goal but always rising over the crossbar and Hugo Lloris isn’t troubled as the ball sails over him.
Crystal Palace's Conor Gallagher and Tottenham Hotspur's Oliver Skipp (right) battle for the ball
20min – Palace fans unhappy at the ref
A big groan from the home fans as Ayew is penalised for barging into Reguilon. Referee Jon Moss smiles at the sound.
Lucas Moura looking the most dangerous Spurs player in these early stages. There’s been little service for Harry Kane up front so far.
18min – Palace not giving an inch
Patrick Vieira’s combative streak from his playing days rubbing off on the Palace players, who aren’t afraid to snap into their tackles.
It’s proved an effective way to keep the squeeze on Tottenham early on here.
15min – Spurs in the ascendancy
Eric Dier still very gingerly making his way back to the dressing room propped up by a physio as Spurs play some neat football through the middle.
Dele Alli drops short and feeds Reguilon wide left. The visitors enjoying plenty of possession in these early stages but no clear-cut chances as yet.
12min – Dier forced off injured, Rodon on
Dier has gone down again and Spurs are going to have to make a defensive change with Joe Rodon warming up.
Dier was at full stretch as Ayew advanced on him deep inside his own half. He was able to get the pass through but slipped and looks to have twinged something in his leg.
He is helped off by a member of the medical team and Rodon comes on to partner Japhet Tanganga in central defence.
10min – Palace free-kick
Oliver Skipp fouls Conor Gallagher right in front of the away section and Palace have a good chance to deliver a telling free-kick.
Ward slips the pass to McArthur, who attempts to float in a cross but in the end it’s easily dealt with by Spurs.
8min – Dier injury concern
Here’s some concern for Spurs with Eric Dier staying down after being clipped by Jordan Ayew while playing a pass out of defence. A sore one and he’s hobbling as he goes off to receive some treatment.
The last thing Spurs need is another injury issue but Dier looks fit to continue for the time being.
5min – Tottenham with the game’s first corner
Emerson shows his attacking instincts for the first time and wins a corner off Marc Guehi.
Not the best delivery, however, and cleared at the front post by Joel Ward.
Cheikhou Kouyate (L) vies with Harry Kane
4min – Moura on the march
Lucas Moura makes a run through midfield that’s full of purpose and springs Tottenham onto the attack. He feeds it wide left to Sergio Reguilon but the left-back’s pass looking for the forwards is poor to say the least.
2min – Emerson Royal straight into the action
Emerson Royal quickly into the thick of things as he gets a shove from Palace’s James McArthur in the centre of the park. You’d expect the Scot to give no quarter.
The Spurs new boy then clips Wilfried Zaha in their first one-on-one encounter.
KICK-OFF: Tottenham get the match started
Pre-match formalities are done and dusted, including a silence to remember the victims of the September 11th terror attacks 20 years ago, meaning we are ready to get started here.
Emerson Royal, making his Spurs debut, gets a duel with Wilfried Zaha to begin life in English football with. One of many intriguing sub-plots in this one.
We’re off and running at Selhurst Park.
The teams are out
The anticipation growing around a packed Selhurst Park ahead of the first of eight Premier League fixtures this afternoon.
Can Tottenham maintain their 100 per cent start? Can Palace pick up their first win under Patrick Vieira?
They take to the field as Glad All Over plays. An overcast day in the Capital but ideal conditions for football and a clear sense of anticipation ahead of this London derby.
A reminder of the two teams with just over 10 minutes until the start
Crystal Palace: Guaita, Ward, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell, Gallagher, Kouyate, McArthur, Zaha, Benteke, Ayew
Substitutes: Butland, Milivojevic, Tomkins, Olise, Hughes, Clyne, Edouard, Kelly, Riedewald.
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Emerson, Tanganga, Dier, Reguilon, Hojbjerg, Skipp, Winks, Lucas Moura, Kane, Alli
Substitutes: Doherty, Gil Salvatierra, Rodon, Gollini, Ndombele, Davies, Scarlett, Markanday, Omole.
Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)
New boy Emerson Royal into the Spurs team today
Tottenham’s main man Kane out to warm-up
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Saul Niguez’s move from Atletico Madrid to Chelsea grabbed the headlines and Blues supporters will be eager to get their first glimpse of the Spain international on Saturday evening, while Arsenal and Tottenham also have acquisitions to show off.
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Half an hour until kick-off
Not too much longer to wait now until the Premier League weekend gets underway.
Selhurst Park is slowly filling up as fans of both sides make their way in.
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Hi Nuno! Spurs boss checks in
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Crystal Palace to win 16/5
Tottenham to win 21/20
Harry Kane to score 13/10
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Crystal Palace are winless in their last 12 Premier League meetings with Spurs (D2 L10) since a 2-1 win in January 2015. The Eagles have scored just four goals in this run, failing to find the net on eight occasions.
Tottenham have only failed to score in one of their 12 Premier League away games against Crystal Palace (W7 D3 L2), doing so in a 3-0 defeat in January 2005. Spurs have netted exactly once in each of their last five league games at Selhurst Park.
Crystal Palace are set to become the first side to start a top-flight campaign with four consecutive London derbies. However, the Eagles are winless in their last 11 such games in the Premier League (D6 L5).
Tottenham have started a league campaign with three wins and three clean sheets for the first time in their history. Only four teams have ever begun a top-flight campaign with four wins and no goals conceded – Aston Villa in 1900-01, Ipswich Town in 1974-75, Chelsea in 2005-06 and Manchester City in 2015-16.
Crystal Palace have managed fewer shots (20) and fewer shots on target (5) than any other team in the Premier League this season. However, the Eagles did score with both of their efforts on target last time out against West Ham.
Tottenham are looking to win five consecutive Premier League games for the first time since December 2018 under Mauricio Pochettino. However, Spurs have lost three of their last five Premier League London derbies (W2), as many as they had in their previous 16 such games in the competition (W6 D7).
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The Crystal Palace line up for the match this lunchtime
Palace are unchanged from the team that drew with West Ham but new boys Will Hughes, Odsonne Edouard and Michael Olise are named among the substitutes.
COME ON YOU PALACE#CPFC | #CRYTOT
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) September 11, 2021
Here’s the Tottenham line-up this afternoon
It’s a Tottenham debut this afternoon for Emerson Royal, the right-back signed from Barcelona, with Japhet Tanganga moving to centre-back.
Both Son Heung-min and Steven Bergwijn aren’t fit enough to make today’s game, so Harry Winks and Lucas Moura come into the side.
Cristian Romero, Davinson Sanchez and Giovani Lo Celso are absent, of course, having travelled to South America to play in World Cup qualifiers without Tottenham’s blessing.
🤩 Your team to face @CPFC! 👇 pic.twitter.com/X1SFacibyK
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 11, 2021
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The Palace players arrive at Selhurst Park
Wilfred Zaha arrives at the stadium
Palace manager Patrick Vieira bumps fists with a fan as he arrives at the ground
This weekend’s fixtures in the Premier League
Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur (12.30pm)
Arsenal vs Norwich City (3pm)
Brentford vs Brighton and Hove Albion (3pm)
Leicester City vs Manchester City (3pm)
Manchester United vs Newcastle United (3pm)
Southampton vs West Ham United (3pm)
Watford vs Wolverhampton Wanderers (3pm)
Chelsea vs Aston Villa (5.30pm)
Leeds United vs Liverpool (4.30pm)
Everton vs Burnley (8pm)
The Premier League is back in business!
Welcome back! After the two-week interruption of the internationals, the Premier League returns this weekend and it’s back with the bang of a London derby.
South London meets North London this lunchtime as Crystal Palace host early pace-setters Tottenham at Selhurst Park.
It’s been the perfect start for Nuno Espirito Santo at the Lane with three wins from their opening trio of matches seeing them top the fledgling Premier League table.
But it’s been a more reserved opening for Patrick Vieira, the new Palace manager, with two draws and a defeat from their opening three games.
They were soundly beaten 3-0 by Chelsea on the opening weekend but have since drawn with Brentford and, more notably, West Ham to sit mid-table.
What awaits us today? Stay tuned to find out. The game kick-off at 12.30 and we will have all the team news for you shortly.
Crystal Palace fans queue outside the ground