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Premier League preview: Spurs travel to Selhurst Park for their next test

Tottenham Hotspur have made a stunning start to life under Ange Postecoglou and can strengthen their grip on top spot in the Premier League when they make the short trip to Crystal Palace in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Spurs lie two points clear of Manchester City and Arsenal in the standings, having won seven and drawn two to remain undefeated in the league since Postecoglou arrived from Celtic in the summer.

They can stretch that advantage to five points before the rest of the weekend Premier League programme gets underway by taking the spoils at Selhurst Park.

WhatCrystal Palace v Tottenham
WhereSelhurst Park, London
When05:00 (AEST), Saturday 28th October 2023
How to watchOptus Sport
OddsCrystal Palace 4.33, Draw 3.75, Tottenham 1.80

Maddison and Son a formidable pairing

While the arrival of Postecoglou was undoubtedly a massive factor in the way Spurs have started the new season, the signing of England midfielder James Maddison from relegated Leicester City has also proved to be a huge positive.

Maddison has already provided five assists and scored three goals himself, forming a dynamic partnership with South Korean ace Son Heung-Min, who has found the net seven times - including four in his last four games.

The rapport struck up between Maddison and Son has more than made up for the departure of Harry Kane, with the overall team structure now seeming more balanced.

Son can be backed at 2.37 to score at Anytime at Selhurst Park, while he is 2.25 to have over 1.5 shots on target during the game.

However, expecting a goal-fest in South London may be a little optimistic, with the Eagles having only scored one goal across their last four games, although they have picked up five points from those four matches despite their struggles in front of goal.

Palace keeper Sam Johnstone has kept four clean sheets in the league this season, a mark which is matched by Guglielmo Vicario in the Spurs goal - as well as Newcastle United’s Nick Pope.

With that in mind, you might consider both teams not to score at 2.10 in what could be a tight contest under the floodlights.

Gunners to keep up the pressure

Spurs’ North London rivals Arsenal are in action in one of four matches taking place on Saturday night into the early hours of Sunday morning and they will expect to see off lowly Sheffield United at the Emirates Stadium.

The Blades have picked up just one point from nine games since returning to the top-flight and have not won at Arsenal since 1971, so it makes sense that the Gunners are as short as 1.11 to take all three points.

Elsewhere, Chelsea play host to Brentford and Wolves welcome Newcastle to Molineux, while there is a battle of two more strugglers at the Vitality Stadium when Bournemouth take on visitors Burnley.

The Cherries are, like Sheff Utd, winless so far this season, while the Clarets have just one victory to their name, so this could reasonably be called a six-pointer - even at this early point of the campaign.

A draw at the Vitality is priced at 3.50, although the visitors will be boosted by knowing that they have won the last four league meetings between these two sides.

Manchester derby takes centre stage

As Saturday turns into Sunday there are no fewer than five matches on the schedule, following a busy midweek of European action.

West Ham host Everton in the 'David Moyes derby' at the London Stadium, Brighton are at home to Fulham and Liverpool welcome Nottingham Forest to Anfield.

Also on the agenda is Luton Town making the trip to Villa Park, where hosts Aston Villa have won 11 consecutive Premier League matches, so it is no surprise to see them at 1.25 to collect another three points.

However, the standout fixture is without doubt the Manchester derby, with City facing a massive tester at Old Trafford against United.

The Red Devils may not be clicking fully, but they have picked up three wins in a row in all competitions and the Citizens have only won once on their last four league visits to their city rivals.

A draw at Old Trafford is available at 3.80, while a 1-1 final scoreline is priced at 8.00.

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