Crystal Palace: WLWLDL
Kick Off: 15.00, 20/08/2016
Having failed to win on the Premier League’s opening day for the fifth time in the last seven attempts, coming back from 1-0 down to draw at Everton, lessons from recent history suggest Spurs will struggle to land their first victory of the season at home to Crystal Palace.
The north Londoners have been held to score draws in two of their past four seasonal debuts at headquarters, ceding a 2-0 lead against Stoke in front of the White Hart Lane faithful 12 months ago.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men clearly haven’t got a handle on their form since falling a few furlongs out during last term’s top-flight title stakes, with a 4-0 victory away to the Potters in mid-April, six games ago, their last competitive triumph.
Harry Kane couldn’t find the back of the net at Goodison Park, after failing to score in any of his opening eight Lilywhites appearances in 2015/16 before going on to top the Premier League scoring charts, while contract speculation seems to have affected attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen.
They face a Palace side desperately struggling for form too, with boss Alan Pardew under pressure after leading the club to just two wins in the division since last December.
Selling popular captain Mile Jedinak to Championship side Aston Villa won’t have improved the mood around Selhurst Park either, but Pardew’s charges seemed to enjoy their travels around the British capital last term.
The Eagles’ only loss on the road to a fellow London club came at Spurs 11 months ago, and that was rectified by an FA Cup victory at White Hart Lane in February, with Chelsea and Watford put to the sword on their own patches in the Premier League, and draws claimed away to Arsenal and West Ham.
Pardew has a bit of early-season previous against Spurs too, having led Newcastle to a 2-1 triumph when hosting Palace’s next opponents on the opening day four years ago.
Add in that the two north London clashes between this pair finished 1-0 apiece last term and the draw at 31/10 looks a tad overpriced.