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Match Preview: English Premier League - Tottenham Hotspur VS Crystal Palace

Match Preview: English Premier League - Tottenham Hotspur VS Crystal Palace
After an unusual fortnight with no Premier League football, Tottenham Hotspur prepares to reclaim the North London pitch on Saturday, confronting their capital rival Crystal Palace. The Spurs experienced a setback against Wolverhampton Wanderers two weeks ago with a 2-1 loss, while new leadership at Selhurst Park resulted in a triumphant 3-0 victory over Burnley.

The London derby that never was due to Chelsea's loss in the EFL Cup final has given Tottenham a two-week period for reflection. These weeks followed an unexpected defeat for Spurs, on February 17, against the counter-attacking strategy of Gary O'Neil. This defeat, marked by a powerful offensive from Joao Gomes, served as Spurs' first Premier League loss for 2024. Given the Spurs' recent performances where they only triumphed over Everton and Brighton & Hove Albion with last-minute winners, this defeat was somewhat expected.

Currently occupying the fourth position in the Premier League table, Spurs now need to fill a five-point gap to move ahead of Aston Villa. Amidst the struggle, they could also lose their grip on their position, given Manchester United only trails by three points. Compounding the difficulties, the Spurs have yet to win a home London derby this season, losing to Chelsea and West Ham United. However, their exceptional scoring streak in the Premier League, standing at 37 matches, offers a beacon of hope.

Coinciding with Coach Postecoglou's influential start in English football, Oliver Glasner's reign at Crystal Palace began on a high note. His resounding victory over Burnley was a demonstration of strategic superiority, with Chris Richards, Jordan Ayew, and Jean-Philippe Mateta scoring within an 11-minute flurry. Glasner's agenda next includes ending an unsavory eight-game winless run for Palace on the road.

Past sequences hint at a possible challenge. Crystal Palace last won against Tottenham on October 27 at Selhurst Park, and their last victory at Spurs dates back to the fifth round of the 2015-16 FA Cup with Martin Kelly's triumphant goal. Glasner dominates the team news with his key defender Joachim Andersen expected to start at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Further boosted by the return of Eberechi Eze, Crystal Palace's lineup looks solid. However, injuries to Michael Olise, Rob Holding, Marc Guehi, Jesurun Rak-Sakyi, and Cheick Doucoure may cast a shadow over the team's performance.

The possible lineup of teams conveys an exciting prospect for the forthcoming match.
Tottenham Hotspur could have Vicario; Royal, Romero, Van de Ven, Udogie; Bissouma, Sarr; Kulusevski, Maddison, Werner; Son.
Meanwhile, Crystal Palace could counter with Johnstone; Ward, Richards, Andersen; Munoz, Wharton, Lerma, Mitchell; Eze, Ayew; Mateta.

The analysis predicts a challenging face-off with an expected 2-1 victory for Tottenham Hotspur. Given the Spurs' past record of nine home matches without a clean sheet, Palace's performance is anticipated to test their mettle. However, following a two-week rest period, the Spurs might be energized enough to turn the tables, despite the less-than-favorable odds.
In a pre-match poll, 83.2% predicted a win for Tottenham Hotspur, while 6.1% leaned towards a draw, and 10.7% backed Crystal Palace for a win.

Match Precitions: 2-1 win for Tottenham Hotspur
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