Tottenham Hotspur visit an increasingly confident Crystal Palace side in their first London derby of the season on Sunday.
Although they were defeated 1-0 by Manchester City last time out, the Eagles have started the season well, with three wins from five games (including a victory over champions Chelsea).
In reality, the only bad performance we’ve had was at Norwich, which we won,” a happy Alan Pardew remarked of Palace’s efforts (via his club’s official website). “In the other games we’ve been very strong, we’ve played Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea and now we have Spurs away, so it’s been a really, really tough run, and we find ourselves on nine points.”
Tottenham are aware that winning all three points will be difficult after losing 2-1 to Palace in their previous meeting in January at Selhurst Park.
“They showed signs of what they are capable of when Alan Pardew took over last season, and this season they’ve really kicked on,” said midfielder Eric Dier to the club’s official website.
Spurs will want to try to maintain their momentum after securing their first Premier League win of the season last week at Sunderland (plus a midweek confidence boost over Qarabag), especially with huge games against Arsenal and Manchester City coming up in the next seven days.
Although Facing Palace does not have the same status, they have already demonstrated why they are not an opponent to be overlooked.