Tottenham Hotspur welcome Crystal Palace to White Hart Lane for their first game at home of the 2016/17 Premier League season on 20 August (Saturday).
Where to Watch
Kick-off is set for 3pm BST. Live radio commentary of the game is available on BBC Radio, BBC Radio 5 Live. Catch the highlights on Match of the Day on BBC One and BBC One HD at 10.30pm BST.
Spurs, who had a number of players coming back into the squad from their Euro excursions in the summer, looked hesitant on the ball in the first half, misplacing too many passes and not looking like they were comfortable. However, it was a different story in the second half, with the team playing as a unit, as shown by Erik Lamela's equaliser.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino has lamented the fact that with the Premier League starting early, the players have not been afforded enough rest which will hamper their results in the short run.
Goalkeeper and skipper Hugo Lloris will miss almost a month due to a hamstring injury suffered during the clash with Everton while midfielder Mousa Dembele misses out once again with him serving the fourth of his six-game suspension.
Their opponents Crystal Palace come into this clash on the back of a 1-0 loss to West Bromwich Albion in their opening game and look like a club in disarray at the moment. The side looked bereft of ideas especially in attack and with winger Yannick Bolasie and midfielder Mile Jedinak no longer in their ranks after being sold, they're attacking options desperately needs an overhaul.
However it's not all doom and gloom for Palace, with the club managing to secure the services of Belgium striker Christian Benteke from Liverpool for a club record 32 million. The 25-year-old is a prolific striker scoring 51 goals in 118 games in the Premier League so far and will add the goal scoring threat that Palace desperately require. Manager Alan Pardew will be hoping to welcome Jordon Mutch, James McArthur, Yohan Cabaye and James Tomkins to the squad after they all missed the opening game of the season.
What Managers Say
Mauricio Pochettino: "You cannot play the Euros and start the Premier League on 13 August. How can you give rest to the players after the whole season?
"If you give rest in training and say, 'I don't want to use this player that was involved in the Euro's and you have no positive results- the media, the supporters, the board and the president kill me. You are in competition for 11 and a half months and the players, because you pay them good salaries, don't deserve the holidays? Come on. And the families? The sons? The kids? They are not machines.
Alan Pardew: "It's important when you lose iconic players to try and replace them with iconic players. We've lost two this week, Mile Jedinak and Yannick Bolasie. Both were massive figures at this club and we will need to replace them with big figures."
Betting Odds (betfair)
- Tottenham win: 4/9
- Draw: 10/3
- Crystal Palace win: 7
- Injured: Lloris
- Doubtful: N/A
- Suspended: Dembele
Possible XI: Vorm, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Walker, Rose; Wanyama, Dier; Eriksen, Lamela, Alli; Kane.
- Injured: Campbell, Kaikai, Sako
- Doubtful: McArthur, Mandanda, Tomkins, Ledley
- Suspended: N/A
Possible XI: Hennessey, Delaney, Dann, Souare, Ward; Cabaye, Puncheon; Townsend, Lee, Zaha; Wickham.