Crystal Palace were outstanding in their 5-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion last weekend, but how will the Eagles fare when they host table-topping Spurs this weekend?
Tottenham Hotspur have been solid, if at times unspectacular, in their climb to the summit of the Premier League under Jose Mourinho. This weekend, their resolve could be tested by an unpredictable Crystal Palace side.
Palace’s league position outlines their inconsistency in the top flight so far this season. They have been excellent in wins over newly-promoted West Brom and Leeds United (4-1) recently, but disappointed in a home defeat to Newcastle (0-2).
Meanwhile, fellow Londoners Tottenham Hotspur are unbeaten in the Premier League since their opening day defeat to Everton, and also confirmed themselves as group winners in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday.
Palace were good enough for a point when the sides met at Selhurst Park last season, a draw which ended a dominant run of nine straight wins for Spurs over the Eagles. Jeffrey Schlupp’s header in that game ended a 13 hour wait for a Palace goal against Spurs.
Spurs have gone four consecutive Premier League games without conceding, and will equal a club record five straight clean sheets if they can keep Palace at bay on Sunday. However, Roy Hodgson’s side looked rampant as they ran out 5-1 winners at The Hawthorns last week.
Palace do struggle against Spurs though, with just one win in the last 14 games between the two clubs.
Spurs will be missing Erik Lamela this weekend, with Serge Aurier rated as doubtful. Tyrick Mitchell misses out for the hosts.