Action resumes in the Premier League today as Crystal Palace face a daunting task against rejuvenated Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham Hotspur side at Selhurst Park on Friday.
Spurs, who currently top the Premier League table with 23 points from nine matches are aiming to continue their unbeaten start to the season and life under Postecoglou and strengthen their position at the summit of the Premier League table.
Spurs have been impressive so far this season and marked their return from the international break with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Fulham on Monday to move two points clear on the top spot.
The Eagles head into their 10th outing of the Premier League season on the back of a poor start after a 4-0 defeat to Newcastle United in their previous game and will need to bounce back this weekend.
Spurs 23 points from nine matches represents their best start to a top-flight campaign since their title-winning 1960/61. Only eight teams have ever won more than 23 points from their first nine games of a Premier League season, with four going on to become champions, three finishing second and one coming third.
Friday’s match represents another milestone for Palace boss Roy Hodgson, who will reach 500 games in charge of English clubs across all competitions.
Crystal Palace have only won one of their last five Premier League games, drawing two and losing two, The Eagles have failed to score in three of their last four, the exception being last month’s 1-0 victory over Manchester United.
Ahead of today’s game, Spurs have a good record against Palace and have won 35 and lost 15 out of the 63 matches played between both sides.
Palace have won only one of their last 16 matches against Tottenham in the Premier League in September 2021.