Spurs’ New Stadium Finally Ready for League Showdown

2018/19 English Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur vs Crystal Palace

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London
Wednesday, April 3rd 2019
Kick-off at 19:45

It has been months of waiting, eagerly anticipating the opening of Tottenham Hotspur’s eye-catching new 62-000 seater stadium amidst numerous delays and setbacks, yet the date has finally arrived and fans up in North London could not be more pleased.

Spurs first visitors to their new home will be cross-capital counterparts Crystal Palace who will most certainly be out to cause an opening day upset.

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Spurs’ New Stadium Finally Ready for League Showdown

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris’ blunder on the verge of stoppage time which saw him spill Mohamed Salah’s shot right into the path of Toby Alderweireld, rebounding in off the defender for an own-goal, handed Liverpool all three points from their English Premier League encounter at Anfield on Sunday.
That was the Lilywhites fourth defeat from their last five matches in the division as they prepare for a crunch two-legged UEFA Champions League quarter-final clash with Manchester City starting next week Tuesday.

Tottenham Hotspur recent results: (all competitions)

31/03 – Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham
09/03 – Southampton 2-1 Tottenham
05/03 – Dortmund 0-1 Tottenham (UCL)
02/03 – Tottenham 1-1 Arsenal

Spurs’ New Stadium Finally Ready for League Showdown

Crystal Palace returned to winning ways, ending a run of back-to-back defeats, following their 2-0 win over bottom-club Huddersfield at the weekend – a result which condemned the Terriers to relegation after only two seasons in the top-flight.

Roy Hodgson will be pleased with his star-striker – Wilfried Zaha – after his performance on Saturday. The Ivorian had a hand in both of his side’s goals taking his tally to 8 goals and 7 assists for the current campaign.

Crystal Palace recent results: (all competitions)

30/03 – Palace 2-0 Huddersfield
16/03 – Watford 2-1 Palace (FAC)
09/03 – Palace 1-2 Brighton
02/03 – Burnley 1-3 Palace

Wednesday will see the pair clash for the third time this season following the Eagles 2-0 win in the FA Cup fourth-round back in January when Connor Wickham and former Spurs midfielder Andros Townsend scored to secure their first win in six attempts against their fellow Londoners.
The reverse league fixture, played at Selhurst Park in November, ended 1-0 to the visitors courtesy of Juan Foyth’s first-ever Tottenham goal.
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Crystal Palace have not beaten Tottenham in the league since January 2015 while their last away win over them came in November 1997.

Seven of the last nine matches between these two have all ended with the same 1-0 scoreline – eight times the way of Spurs and once in Palace’s direction, in their previous win over them in the FA Cup in 2016.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Crystal Palace recent head-to-head:

27/01/2019 – Palace 2-0 Tottenham (FAC)
10/11/2018 – Palace 0-1 Tottenham
25/02/2018 – Palace 0-1 Tottenham
05/11/2017 – Tottenham 1-0 Palace
26/04/2017 – Palace 0-1 Tottenham

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Published: 04/02/2019