Wednesday's game will be the 16th time these two will meet in the Premier League, Spurs lead the head to head seven wins to Palace’s three wins. Spurs are aiming for their fourth win in a row against Palace, and Palace are aiming to win three successive Premier League London derbies for the first time. Sam Allardyce is unbeaten in his last four home games, having lost his first three home games in a row. They also have three wins in their last five games, coming against high flyers Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool. Spurs have won seven in a row in the Premier League, having not tasted defeat since mid-February. However, this season Spurs have had their difficulties away from home only managing twenty-four points from a possible forty-five available. The two teams met back in August with Spurs wining 1-0 the goal coming in the 83rd minute from Victor Wanyama, his 1st goal for the club. Crystal Palace find themselves in 12th position in the league with thirty-eight points. Spurs are in 2nd position on seventy-one points.
Crystal Palace line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, they like to use pacey wingers who can provide crosses and service to their lone front man. Christian Benteke has hit fourteen goals this season and Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend have fourteen assists between them. Using the pace in their side they can play counter attacking style, which they may use against Spurs who like to dominate possession. Zaha attempts 4.1 dribbles a game which is the 3rd highest in the league, but he is the player who is most dispossessed in the league with an average of 3.5 times a game. Spurs have been lining up in a 4-2-3-1 formation in the last few games. They have the third highest average possession in the league with 57.1%. They average the most shots 17.5 and the most shots on target per game 6.4 in the league. Christian Eriksen averages 3 key passes a game, which is the 2nd best in the league, and has 12 assists which is also 2nd best in the league one behind Kevin De Bruyne.
Crystal Palace won their last game 2-1 away at Liverpool, they recovered from a goal behind to take all 3 points after a Benteke brace. This was their 3rd win in a row at Anfield and eased their relegation fears moving them seven points clear of the bottom three. Spurs beat Bournmouth in a comprehensive 4-0 win. The goals came from Dembele, Son, Janssen and Kane completed the dominate performance. This was Kane’s 20th league of the season, this was the third season in a row he has hit this milestone. He joins an illustrious list of players to do this in the Premier League, Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry and Ruud van Nistelrooy. He is also 1st Spurs player to do this since Jimmy Greaves back in the late 1960’s. That was Kane’s 69th goal in the Premier League in 110 appearances, his 18 goals in 24 Premier League London derbies is the best goals-per-match ratio in such fixtures of players to play five or more.
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