Crystal Palace continued their God-awful 2016 with an opening day defeat to West Brom last weekend. Alan Pardew’s side travel to Spurs having failed to win 20 of their last 22 games on the road. Tottenham, however, are on an unwanted run themselves. Their draw at Goodison Park means that they haven’t won any of their last five Premier League games.
One of the reasons that Mauricio Pochettino’s lads failed to beat Everton was his decision to deploy two defensive midfielders in Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama. This cautious move probably won’t be repeated at home. Expect the Argentinian to drop one of those players and maybe hand a first start to Vincent Janssen, who impressed after coming off the bench against the Toffees.
With more attacking firepower in his line-up, Pochettino should see Spurs dominate Palace from the off. The Eagles sold two key players this week in Yannick Bolasie and Mile Jedinak, the latter starting in the defeat to The Baggies. Pardew is on a slippery slope and a heavy defeat here will pile more pressure on the former Newcastle boss.