Date: 20th September 2015 at 9:33am
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Tottenham and Crystal Palace face-off in a London derby at White Hart Lane.

Spurs gained their first league win of the season last Sunday with a narrow 1-0 win at Sunderland.

Now, after failing to record a victory in their opening two home matches, Mauricio Pochettino will be keen for his side to get off the mark in front of their supporters.

However, they welcome a Crystal Palace side who, even at this point of the season, look like they can challenge for a top-seven finish this term.

The Eagles have brought in a number of quality additions and have won three of their opening five matches; their only defeats coming against Arsenal and Manchester City, who scored in the final minute last weekend.

Tottenham also have the added problem of having played in the Europa League on Thursday as they recorded a 3-1 win over Qarabag at the Lane.

But despite their last two results, the hosts have made a slow start and if Jermain Defoe had not been so wasteful for Sunderland last week they might well have found themselves still winless.

Son Heung-min scored his first two goals for Spurs against the Azerbaijani champions and should retain his place in the starting eleven this Sunday alongside Harry Kane, who is still searching for his first Spurs goal of the season.

Dele Alli continued his wonderful form with an assured performance in midfield and it will be interesting to see if the 19-year-old will be given his third start in a row or be rested against Palace.

Christian Eriksen was expected back last weekend but the Dane was given an extra seven days to recover from his knee injury. The 23-year-old remains very doubtful to return to action despite returning to training on Wednesday.

Mousa Dembele and Eric Dier are also doubts, while Nabil Bentaleb is definitely out with an ankle injury.

Palace’s victory at Chelsea was only their third win in 19 London derbies away from home in the league so Alan Pardew and supporters will be hoping these victories are like buses.

Damien Delaney is doubtful for this one with a groin injury, while Connor Wickham and Joe Ledley are also doubtful with Dwight Gayle on hand to deputise up front if the former isn’t passed fit.

Meanwhile, Marouane Chamakh and Joel Ward are both out until October.

Despite Tottenham being the traditionally stronger side the last 10 meetings between these two have been even with three wins each and four draws.

League Position: Tottenham – 16th, 6 pts; Crystal Palace – 7th, 9 pts
Last Meeting: Crystal Palace 2-1 Tottenham, January 2015
Key Men: Tottenham – Harry Kane; Crystal Palace – Yohan Cabaye
Form: Tottenham – LDDDW; Crystal Palace – WLWWL
Prediction: Tottenham 1-2 Crystal Palace

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