Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur
|Date & Time||Sunday September 20, 2015, 8:30 AM (EDT)|
The Line: Tottenham Hotspur 1/1 draw 5/2 Crystal Palace 3/1
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With Tottenham Hotspur hosting Crystal Palace in the early game on Sunday morning the Premier League will kick off with one of the best match ups of the weekend. Tottenham come into this game off the back of an impressive come from behind victory in the Europa League where new signing from Bayer leverkusen Son scored twice and was impressive throughout. Tottenham are now unbeaten in five since losing on opening day to Manchester United. Harry Kane the young English striker who took the league by storm last season has struggled to repeat his exploits this year and is yet to score in five appearances this year for his club. Manuel Pochettino has his side playing attractive football though and with half of his regular midfielders on the injured roster it has been impressive, Eric Lamela seems again to be showing the type of potential that led to his big money signing from serie A and he added a goal on Thursday night to a good performance. If Lamela, Son and Kane can get their form going at the same time Tottenham are going to be a tough team to stop offensively.
Crystal Palace have been one of the stories of the season so far with Alan Pardew's men excelling from day one, two home losses two Manchester City and Arsenal though are the only blots on an otherwise perfect start to the Premier League season. Yohan Cabaye's signing from PSG remains one of the moves of the year and Pardew also snapped up Sako from Wolves and that seems to be an inspired bit of business as the midfielder has two goals in three appearances for his new club. Alongside Bolasie and Zaha, Sako, provides a direct running powerful finishing that will provide problems for many teams this season. White Hart Lane is a tough ground to go to and get a result but I dont think it will hold any fears for a very confident Crystal Palace who were desperately unlucky to lose to a last minute Manchester City goal last weekend.
Huge game for both clubs on Sunday morning, Tottenham do look to be turning a corner but this is a tough game and Crystal Palace have proved time and again over the last nine months under Alan Pardew that they are very hard team to break down. Crystal Palace are also one of the paciest counter attacking sides and they will fancy their chances against a somewhat porous Tottenham defence. I am going to take both teams to score here in what should be a good open game of football.