Spurs will be bidding to continue their perfect start to the season at Selhurst Park this afternoon.
It has been a case of so far, so good for Nuno Espirito Santo since taking over in the summer, with the club top of the Premier League and safe in the knowledge that the top-flight’s reigning Golden Boot winner Harry Kane is remaining in north London.
It was not a good international break for Tottenham, however. Injury appears to have befallen a number of key players, while Davinson Sanchez, Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero defied the club’s wishes to travel to South America, and are not available.
Spurs head south of the Thames for an encounter with Crystal Palace, who may only have two points but have impressed at times in each of their last two games.
New manager Patrick Vieira could do with a win, though – and weakened as Spurs are likely to be, the former Arsenal midfielder will be keen to take points off his old foes.
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But that is hopelessly wasteful from Harry Winks, failing to beat the first player and then compounding his ineptitude by clutching at the ball from a fallen position with wandering hands as he bids to keep it in play. Free kick to Palace on the left inside their own half.
A first sighting of Emerson Royal down the right as the full-back gets to the byline and earns a corner.
And one in the win column early for Eric Dier, too, the senior partner in a new-look Tottenham defensive duo with Japhet Tanganga. Dier bests Christian Benteke in their first aerial duel.
A Tottenham attack is sparked brilliantly by a Lucas Moura weave from within his own half, but Sergio Reguilon’s driven ball is errant and Crystal Palace clear.
A long ball vaguely directed for Harry Kane is won well by Joachim Andersen, who was of course linked with a move to Tottenham in the summer after an enterprising loan spell at Fulham last season. The centre-half looks a really shrewd capture for Patrick Vieira.
It looks like Oliver Skipp has started centrally for Tottenham, perhaps slightly behind Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to his right and Harry Winks to his left. Similarly, it appears Cheikhou Kouyate will be flanked by the more advanced James McArthur and Conor Gallagher.
KICK OFF! Crystal Palace vs Tottenham is underway
No clear reaction to the taking of the knee with the home fans in fine voice already and Dele Alli kicks things off at Selhurst Park.
A pause in remembrance of 9/11
Before kick-off, a silence is held to mark 20 years since that fateful September day in 2001. Impeccably observed.
Spurs booed as they stride out
Around the tunnel to boos are the Tottenham players, Dele Alli with a look of steely focus towards the turf as he wanders out. Jonathan Moss is our referee, by the way, currently blocking the tunnel’s entrance like a bouncer on the door. A warm smile from Moss to the Tottenham players, led by Hugo Lloris.
The players emerge
Out past the ball come the Crystal Palace players to healthy, polite applause. A few flags waving on a reasonably muggy, overcast day in South London.
Five minutes until kick-off…
Right – our international fun is over and done and we are back into Premier League action with a rather intriguing London derby. North London vs South London, a depleted Tottenham vs an improving Crystal Palace, Patrick Vieira against old foes…let’s get to it!
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