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Tottenham vs Crystal Palace LIVE commentary: Spurs seek to make one last top-four push

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May 4, 2023
Tottenham vs Crystal Palace LIVE commentary: Spurs seek to make one last top-four push


Tottenham will look to make one last desperate push to make it into the Premier League top four with a win over Crystal Palace this weekend.

Spurs are now nine points off Manchester United in fourth, but the Red Devils have two games in hand, and hopes of elite European football are fading.

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Tottenham were dealt some late heartbreak at Anfield after a spirited comeback

However, Ryan Mason and co will take encouragement from Tottenham’s fightback against Liverpool at Anfield last weekend.

Spurs came from 3-0 down to make it 3-3 before Diogo Jota, who arguably should have been sent off, scored a late winner.

But Palace are flying under Roy Hodgson and have won four of their last six to all but seal Premier League safety.

The Eagles can still finish in the top ten and will head to north London full of confidence.

Tottenham vs Crystal Palace: talkSPORT coverage

This Premier League clash will take place on Saturday, May 6.

Kick-off at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is scheduled for 3pm.

talkSPORT will have live coverage from north London, with Adrian Durham serving as your host.

Commentary will then come from Joe Shennan and former Arsenal man Perry Groves.

To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream.

You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

Palace are flying and could finish inside the top ten

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Palace are flying and could finish inside the top ten

Where would Tottenham be without Harry Kane’s 25 Premier League goals this year?

Where would Tottenham be without Harry Kane’s 25 Premier League goals this year?


Tottenham vs Crystal Palace: Team news

The hosts will be without Rodrigo Bentancur, Emerson Royal, Ryan Sessegnon and Yves Bissouma, with all four struggling with long-term injuries.

Hugo Lloris is a doubt due to a hip problem picked up against Newcastle last month, while Oliver Skipp is also doubtful after being kicked in the face by Jota.

Richarlison will hope to start after bagging his first Premier League goal for Spurs against Liverpool.

For Palace, Wilfried Zaha was withdrawn against West Ham last weekend with a knock to the knee but should be fine to play.

Nathaniel Clyne is also back in training, but James Tomkins and Nathan Ferguson will miss out.

Tottenham vs Crystal Palace: What has been said?

talkSPORT host Simon Jordan and former Arsenal defender Martin Keown have been unimpressed by Cristian Romero’s form for Spurs.

Jordan said: “Cristian Romero, to me, is scandalous at this moment in time.

“He’s a good player, there’s no doubt about it, but I was talking to someone the other day about the feeling that he’s better than the job he’s currently doing with Tottenham Hotspur.”

Keown added: “He’s lost his head, hasn’t he? Someone has to get in his ear and tell him.

“He was a Rolls Royce defender there at one stage, and now, he wants to win every single ball.

“It’s like he’s trying to misbehave so badly that he’s just going to cut him loose and take him out of there.”

Romero is one of several Spurs players struggling at the moment

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Romero is one of several Spurs players struggling at the moment

Tottenham vs Crystal Palace: Match facts

  • Tottenham have lost just one of their last 15 Premier League meetings with Crystal Palace (W12 D2), with that defeat coming at Selhurst Park last season (0-3).
  • Crystal Palace have lost each of their last seven Premier League away games against Spurs, netting just one goal in these meetings. Overall, they’re winless in 10 on the road against Tottenham in the league (D2 L8) since a 1-0 victory in November 1997.
  • Tottenham have kept a clean sheet in 52% of their Premier League games against Crystal Palace (14/27), their highest rate against any opponent they’ve faced more than 20 times.
  • Crystal Palace have won four of their six Premier League games since Roy Hodgson returned to the dugout (D1 L1), as many as they had in their previous 20 (D6 L10). They’ve also scored more goals in these six games (13) than they had in the previous 20 (12).
  • Tottenham have conceded 57 Premier League goals this season (including 15 in their last four), their most in a single campaign since 2007-08 (61). The highest finishes for a team conceding 60+ goals in a single Premier League season came in 1992-93 – Norwich (3rd, 65 goals conceded) and Tottenham (8th, 66).
  • Tottenham have conceded a league-high 13 goals in the opening 15 minutes of Premier League this season – more than half of these (7) have come in their most recent three games (3 vs Newcastle, 1 vs Man Utd, 3 vs Liverpool).
  • Tottenham’s Harry Kane has been involved in 10 goals in his last seven Premier League appearances against Crystal Palace (7 goals, 3 assists), while teammates Son Heung-min has been involved in seven in his last seven against the Eagles (5 goals, 2 assists).
  • Richarlison scored his first Premier League goal for Tottenham in their 4-3 loss at Liverpool last time out. He last scored in consecutive league appearances in his final two for Everton in May last season, the second game of which was against Crystal Palace.
  • Eberechi Eze has scored four Premier League goals since Roy Hodgson’s return, more than any other Crystal Palace player. These four goals have come in his last five games, as many as he’d netted in his previous 33 appearances.
  • Michael Olise has provided nine assists in the Premier League this season and could become the first Crystal Palace player to reach double figures in a single campaign.

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