Latest Tottenham news after the narrow Premier League victory over Crystal Palace with Ange Postecoglou’s side now set to face a tough run of fixtures
James Maddison of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates with teammates after scoring his side’s first goal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park on October 27, 2023 in London, England.
James Maddison played a huge role in both goals that saw Tottenham beat Crystal Palace 2-1 in the Premier League
Tottenham have gone five points clear at the top of the Premier League table following their away victory at Crystal Palace. Following a tense first half, the deadlock was broken in the 53rd minute when James Maddison smashed an effort across the box which was turned into his own net by Joel Ward before Son Heung-min finished off a flowing move to double the visitors lead 13 minutes later.
Ange Postecoglou’s side looked in complete control at Selhurst Park until an error from Pedro Porro allowed Jordan Ayew to volley home a goal back in the final knockings, with more tension added after a lengthy VAR check, to set up a nervy end. However, the Lilywhites were able to see out another victory that takes them up 26 points from a possible 30.
Despite conceding late on, Postecoglou was extremely pleased with the victory that sees his team remain unbeaten in the Premier League. “I just really liked the way we handled it tonight,” he said in his post-match press conference. “It’s a difficult venue, they are a very well drilled team defensively and going into it I knew it wasn’t going to be an open game and we weren’t going to get bags of chances.
“I really liked the way the boys handled it, they were patient and consistently tried to find the gaps in the ways we spoke about and real composure once we got ahead to control the game. Obviously there was a bit of drama at the end then but even then I thought the lads handled it really well today. It was a different challenge for us tonight and I really liked the way we went about it.”
While Spurs have faced some tough fixtures already, several more are on the horizon and to keep their four-game winning run going, they will have to be at their very best. With that said, football.london has detailed the club’s next five fixtures and compared them to their expected Premier League title rivals’ next few matches.
Chelsea (H) – Monday, November 6
Up next for Tottenham is a hugely important game against Chelsea for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is a London derby that both teams will certainly want to win, especially following the two feisty encounters last season. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly to some, it is the return of Mauricio Pochettino to north London.
The majority of supporters were thankful for what the Argentine did at Spurs during his four-and-a-half years as manager and were still fond of him as a person following his exit. However, that opinion has changed for most considering he has become the head coach of a rival and it is sure to be a hostile return for Pochettino.
Wolves (A) – Saturday, November 11
Tottenham will be hoping to head into the November international break still unbeaten after travelling to Wolves. Liverpool, despite winning, Aston Villa and Manchester City have already proven how difficult it is to take points back home from Molineux and the same test certainly awaits Spurs.
After a bad start, Gary O’Neill has successfully turned fortunes around with his side unbeaten in their last three which includes a win over the reigning Premier League champions.
Aston Villa (H) – Sunday, November 26
A real test of Tottenham’s Premier League title credentials arrives at the end of November with a clash against Aston Villa. Unai Emery guided the Villains to European football last season and they have continued at an upward trajectory into this season with Ollie Watkins in scintillating form.
On the final day last season, Villa prevented Spurs from finishing in a Europa Conference League spot having also done the double over the Lilywhites and they will therefore be out for revenge.
Manchester City (A) – Sunday, December 3
In recent seasons, Tottenham have been a bit of a bogey team for Pep Guardiola as he is still yet to taste a victory at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, however this clash comes at the Etihad. Despite Postecoglou’s front-foot style, Spurs seeing the bulk of the ball is extremely unlikely.
After having played against a low-block Spurs for the past few years, Guardiola will likely be overjoyed at seeing Spurs come out to try and match his winning machine. Although, it is certainly possible that Spurs can take something from the game, given their display and end result against Arsenal earlier this season.
West Ham (H) – Thursday, December 7
The first Premier League midweek fixture for Tottenham arrives in early December with a London derby against West Ham. Despite losing Declan Rice, the Hammers have taken the confidence from winning last season’s Europa Conference League into this campaign where they have made a strong start.
David Moyes’ side were comfortably beaten by Aston Villa last weekend but they will still pose a challenge for Postecoglou and his players.
Arsenal’s next five fixtures:
Sheffield United (H) – Saturday, October 28
Newcastle (A) – Saturday, November 4
Burnley (H) – Saturday, November 11
Brentford (A) – Saturday, November 25
Wolves (H) – Saturday, December 2
Manchester United (A) – Sunday, October 29
AFC Bournemouth (H) – Saturday, November 4
Chelsea (A) – Sunday, November 12
Liverpool (H) – Saturday, November 25
Tottenham (H) – Sunday, December 3
Nottingham Forest (H) – Sunday, October 29
Luton Town (A) – Sunday, November 5
Brentford (H) – Sunday, November 12
Manchester City (A) – Saturday, November 26
Fulham (H) – Sunday, December 3
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