Charlie Nicholas predicts how Spurs will get on against Palace – ‘Another long day’

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur take on Crystal Palace at the new stadium tomorrow, a repeat of the fixture that opened the ground earlier this year.

Spurs won on that historic day thanks to Heung Min Son and they will be looking to do the same this weekend.

Pochettino’s team come into the tie off the back of some mixed results in the Premier League so far this season.

They have earned tough away points against Man City and Arsenal, beaten big-spenders Aston Villa, and lost to Newcastle United.

They currently sit ninth in the table with just five points from a possible twelve, but with some difficult fixtures already in their rear-view mirror.

Tottenham have yet to register a clean sheet this season, conceding once against Villa and Newcastle and twice against Man City and Arsenal.

Three points this weekend would go a long way to boosting Spurs back up the table and kick-starting their form ahead of a busy schedule.

Charlie Nicholas has predicted a 2-1 win for Spurs against Palace, but thinks it will be far from easy for the Lilywhites.

He said (Sky Sports): ‘Tottenham are finding it difficult to be as solid defensively – they lost 13 league games last year. Crystal Palace won at Old Trafford and played well for it. Gary Cahill has improved them defensively, and because these things start to develop, you can see them in action. Tottenham came from behind at home to Aston Villa, they blew it against Arsenal, they got lucky against Man City and they got beat by Newcastle, so it is not looking great at the moment. It will be another long day for their supporters. It will be a stifled counter-attack performance from Palace – it will be an awkward day but they will get there in the end.’

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