Tottenham vs C Palace
3:00pm Saturday 14th September
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Tottenham’s season got running and up courtesy of a four-goal first-half blitz to run out winners.
After taking only five points from their opening four matches, Mauricio Pochettino’s men burst to existence with a thumping first-half screen where targets out of Heung-Min Son (10 & 23), Erik Lamela (42) along with a Patrick van Aanholt own target (21) floored Roy Hodgson’s side.
Crystal Palace may have a record that is fine general against the’big six’ however, Spurs have won the last nine Premier League meetings between the groups with no Palace participant scoring in the previous eight.
Since the beginning of February, Palace had taken 50 per cent Premier League points than Tottenham so should have arrived with tons of optimism and faith in their strategy. Instead, they seemed vulnerable and the scoring on eight minutes started.
Harry Winks and Harry Kane had fired strikes when the Southern Korean was gained by a regular ball on the top behind and he stayed cool to cut inside before shooting.
Palace would be promoted at the rear, with Mamadou Sakho back in six months out injured it was assumed but they seemed disorganised.
If Van Aanholt on 21 minutes deflected past his own goalkeeper Serge Aurier’s cross this was on display. On his first start of the season, Aurier provided a quality outlet throughout.
2 seconds later it was 3-0 although the Palace defending had been more non-existent, as Son completed a flowing move that was launched by Hugo Lloris. Some rapid departure in midfield from Christian and Winks Eriksen opened the area for Aurier to deliver yet another ball and Son took good great advantage of Joel Ward trick.
More profits have been to return the Palace abandoned on 42 minutes when Spurs scored on target using their fourth shot. Kane provided the service this time after accepting Sakho. Space was left by him for a clever cross that required Gary Cahill out of this game and Lamela was this time on hand to slide home – his first home goal for more than a year.
Palace was able to keep their sheets clean at the second half but it was more a case of Spurs firmly taking their foot from the accelerator.
The South Korean sensation loves playing Palace. He wrote himself into the history books back in April the first goal in the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium at a 2-0 win against the south Londoners – amazingly that was his Premier League goal earlier this encounter. His 13-game drought awakened with a finish inside the box before skilfully restraining a volley for his one. His connection play with Kane was sublime during – they now have scored 92 goals in 70 Premier League starts.
Tottenham journey to Greece to play Olympiakos on Tuesday (5.55pm kick-off) in their opening Champions League encounter whilst Palace sponsor Wolves next Sunday (2pm kick-off).
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