Premier League Preview: Tottenham v Crystal Palace

Jose Mourinho’s side look to be hitting a purple patch at the perfect time this season and the Portuguese boss will be confident of a late run.

And with no fresh injuries from their midweek win at Fulham, he could go unchanged against Palace, meaning Gareth Bale and Dele Alli both stay in the team.

As for Palace, boss Roy Hodgson knows they are edging ever closer to Premier League survival and he’ll be looking to keep a steady ship in this one.

James McCarthy has joined a growing injury list at the club however, with star man Wilf Zaha and Mamadou Sakho still sidelined.

Jairo Riedewald will come in for the McCarthy in the engine room as Hodgson keeps his changes to a minimum.

And it’s all set up for a 7.15pm start tomorrow night at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

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Premier League: Fulham vs Tottenham Hotspur

Fulham have the chance to move out of the relegation zone on Thursday night, as they welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Craven Cottage.

Scott Parker’s side have closed what was a ten-point gap to Newcastle very quickly over the last month, and will go above them on goal difference if they can stop Spurs, who have lost three of their last five league games, but are coming off the back of a 4-0 demolition of Burnley.

Jose Mourinho’s side were impressive in their performance against the Clarets, with Gareth Bale finally showing the kind of form hoped of him when he returned to London on loan from Real Madrid in the summer. Whether he’ll get another chance to start or not remains to be seen, but two goals and an assist suggest he’ll continue.

Spurs only have one definite absentee for the trip across London, with Giovani Lo Celso out with a thigh injury that has kept him sidelined for the last 11 games. The Argentinian is back in training, but needs another fortnight of training before returning to the squad.

Fulham also have an almost entire squad to choose from, with only second-choice goalkeeper Marek Rodak and midfielder Tom Cairney missing. Rodak has a finger injury sustained in training, while Cairney hasn’t played since December due to a knee problem.

If Parker can mastermind a win over Spurs, it would mark an almost unbelievable turnaround to their season, having looked dead and buried in December. With Newcastle’s injury worries and Fulham’s form, their task is starting to look entirely plausible if they can win this one.

On the other hand, if Spurs take maximum points, they can close the five-point gap to fifth, with fifth-placed Chelsea playing sixth-placed Liverpool later on Thursday.

Fulham take on Tottenham Hotspur at Craven Cottage on Thursday, March 4th. Kick-off is at 6pm.

Gareth Bale inspires Tottenham to 4-0 Burnley win

Jose Mourinho’s side have struggled for Premier League consistency in recent weeks but a brace from Gareth Bale has put them right back on track.

The Welshman has cut an isolated figure following his return to English football, but he showed a poacher’s instinct to poke Spurs ahead after just eighty seconds.

That goal set the tone for a ruthless Tottenham performance before the break as Bale’s sweeping pass freed Harry Kane to smash home before Lucas Moura buried Sergio Reguilon’s cross.

And whilst those wrapped the game up, Bale was in no mood for slowly down after the restart as he bent home another superb strike.

But with Burnley offering zero in the opposite direction, Spurs almost made it five late on, but Nick Pope did brilliantly to claw out Kane’s drive.

Full Time from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium it’s Tottenham 4 Burnley 0

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Mourinho pinpoints a change of luck to improve Tottenham’s top 4 bid

Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at West Ham was their fifth in the last six Premier League games and severely dented hopes of a top-four finish, with the fourth-placed Hammers now nine points ahead of Spurs.

Tottenham appear a shadow of the side that topped the table in mid-December and Mourinho is in one of the worst spells of his long managerial career.

Things might have been different at the London Stadium had Gareth Bale’s fierce strike gone in instead of hitting the crossbar or Son Heung-min’s deflected effort not looped on to the post and Mourinho says momentum could turn on a piece of luck going their way.

Asked whether they could still finish in the top four: “It is mathematically possible. When is mathematically possible, it is realistic.

“Very hard, yes, very hard, but mathematically possible. Of course our team has problems, and the problems they have reflect on results and on points, but I also believe that a little bit of that light, a little bit of that luck that you also need in football to win matches, has to be back.

“And if that light comes back, (it) is different. You hit the post and the ball goes inside or goes outside. The VAR decisions, many times, I am not speaking about today because today I didn’t watch, but many times are controversial, or are decisions by one inch.

“You sometimes need also a little bit of luck to go in your favour. I believe that if this team wins a couple of matches in a row, that the situation can change, and that we can still fight for top four. Of course if you say nine points now, it is difficult, (but it) is very possible.”

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West Ham’s Champions League push continues with crucial Tottenham win

David Moyes’ unlikely push for Europe has received a real boost from this, as vital goals from Michail Antonio and Jesse Lingard made it three wins from four for the Hammers.

Spurs were the architects of their own downfall early on, as they were simply to too slow off the mark in East London, with Antonio’s instinctive finish putting the hosts in front on six minutes.

Jarrod Bowen’s cross floated right across the Tottenham box and Antonio got their first to force past Hugo Lloris.

And Spurs’ reaction continued at a snail’s pace before the break as Lukasz Fabianski produced a routine stop from Harry Kane.

But with the new found confidence flowing through Moyes’ players after the break, they started the second half as they did the first.

Pablo Fornals’ clipped pass was latched onto by Lingard and the Manchester United loanee tucked home another Hammers goal.

However, despite being two goals down, Jose Mourinho’s side did muster a reaction with half an hour to go, as Lucas Moura powered home Gareth Bale’s corner.

And it was the under pressure Welshman who almost snatched a cheeky equaliser late on as his driven volley smacked against the crossbar.

Full Time from the London Stadium it’s West Ham 2 Tottenham 1

Manchester City’s title machine rolls on with impressive 3-0 Tottenham win

City now look well placed to wrestle the title away from Liverpool, as a brace from the red hot Ilkay Gundogan sealed a record 11th successive league win.

Guardiola’s men looked the brighter of the two teams early on, but it was Spurs that carved the best chance, as England skipper Harry Kane twanged a free kick off the post.

And that little wake up got City back into their groove just after as Pierre Hojbjerg scythed down Gundogan inside the box.

But despite a brief flutter of excitement that Ederson might be the one to step, it was the steadier Rodri who powered past Hugo Lloris.

That goal proved to be exactly what City needed as they left Spurs simply chasing shadows after break.

German star Gundogan continued his brilliant form as he broke into the box to fire home Raheem Sterling’s pass.

And the former Dortmund man wrapped up a complete performance with to 20 go as he wriggled past Davinson Sanchez to thump home Ederson’s long pass.

With Jose Mourinho’s visitors offering zero resistance in the closing minutes, Sterling did almost grab a fourth, but Lloris reacted sharply to keep it at three.

Full Time at the Etihad Stadium it’s Manchester City 3 Tottenham 0

Premier League: Manchester City v Tottenham

Manchester City will aim to make it 16 consecutive wins in all competitions on Saturday tea time, as Jose Mourinho brings his Tottenham Hotspur side to the Etihad.

Pep Guardiola’s side have been incredible since dropping points in a 1-1 draw with West Brom back in December, going on a run that has seen them storm to the top of the table as we approach the end of February. Heading into the game, City are five points clear of closest challengers Manchester United with a game in hand, and 10 clear of defending champions Liverpool.

Things aren’t as rosy down in North London, as Jose Mourinho struggles to find some consistency with his side, who have lost four of their last six games in all competitions. From leading the Premier League in December, Spurs are now eighth in the table, and could go below Aston Villa if they don’t beat City on Saturday.

In order to do that, they’ll need to reproduce the attacking play on show in their FA Cup game against Everton earlier this week. Mourinho’s side have become known for their safety-first approach in recent months, but scored four in the space of 90 minutes at Goodison Park.

However, any positive result will only come if they’re able to improve defensively from that showing, as Everton ran in five to edge a nine-goal thriller and advance to the quarter finals. With City scoring 18 goals in their last six games, it could be a tough task.

One boost for Spurs in that department though could be that Ruben Dias is a doubt for the game. Pep Guardiola confirmed on Wednesday night that the Portuguese defender is struggling with a fever and still has some stomach issues that prevented him travelling to Swansea.

There are also doubts over defensive midfield pair Fernandinho and Rodri, who both have minor issues. Rodri came off against Swansea with what looked like an injury, and Fernandinho didn’t travel to Wales because of a thigh strain, but could be back in time for Spurs.

Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and Nathan Ake are all definite absentees.

Spurs are without Giovani Lo Celso and Sergio Reguilon for the trip to Manchester, but could welcome back Serge Aurier after he missed the Everton game with an injury suffered in the win over West Brom last weekend.

Gareth Bale’s involvement is unclear, after Mourinho revealed that the Welshman asked for a scan on a muscle injury during the week, despite no injury being obvious to the medical staff. The on-loan winger requested to work with the sports science staff at the club during the week, leading to him missing the FA Cup exit at Everton.

A win for Spurs could take them above Everton, West Ham and Chelsea before they all play later in the weekend, and back into the top five in the process. Meanwhile, if City make it 16 wins in a row they will stay at least five points clear going into a run of fixtures that sees them take on five of the Premier League’s top seven.

Manchester City take on Spurs at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, February 13th. Kick-off is at 12.30pm.

Harry Kane and Son Heung-min star as Tottenham beat West Brom 2-0

Spurs have struggled without the talismanic Kane in recent weeks but the England star burst back on the scene as the Baggies were swept aside.

Mourinho’s side were on top from the start in North London as Erik Lamela swung a shot over the bar and Kane clattered wide.

Spurs continued to press the visitors before the break as Serge Aurier tested Sam Johnstone before Mbaye Diagne brought the best from Hugo Lloris.

But Tottenham’s frustration only lasted eight minutes into the second half as Kane latched on Pierre Hojbjerg’s pass to sweep past Johnstone.

And that strike opened the flood gates for Spurs as the ever-reliable Son made it 2-0 on the hour.

Kane’s flick released Lucas Moura in midfield and the Brazilian superbly raced on and on to slip in the
South Korean to smash home.

Baggies midfielder Okay Yokuslu almost set up a tense finale, as his close range header flew wide, but in the end it was all about Kane and Son getting the band back together.

Full Time from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium it’s Tottenham 2 West Brom 0

Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea

A tasty looking London derby is the only Premier League game on Thursday night, as Spurs welcome Chelsea to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in a clash between two teams who have seen their improbable title challenge falter recently.

Just six weeks ago, Spurs were a genuine contender for a maiden Premier League title, but a collapse has seen them slip down the table through January, while things haven’t been much better at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea’s lack of form cost Frank Lampard his job, and as a result Thomas Tuchel will get his first taste of an English derby against Jose Mourinho, a man who knows what it’s like to bring the Blues the success their board demands.

The German manager has recorded a win and a draw from his first two games in charge at Stamford Bridge, completing a ridiculous amount of passes along the way, as well as experimenting with different formations.

Marcos Alonso returned from the cold in a wing-back role against Burnley, with Callum Hudson-Odoi also enjoying some game time on the opposite flank. Whether or not Tuchel will trust the pair against Spurs remains to be seen, but both are available for selection should the former PSG coach choose to keep them in the side.

Two players Tuchel will be without are Kurt Zouma and Kai Havertz, who both picked up injuries in training on Wednesday, and are unlikely to be part of the travelling squad. During his press conference, Tuchel also praised the attitude and commitment of Mason Mount, who is expected to be involved.

Across London, Mourinho has injury worries to some key players, with Sergio Reguilon and Giovanni Lo Celso both out, while Dele Alli did not make a move in the January transfer window, but remains out with a slight injury.

The Spurs boss also gave an update on Harry Kane, revealing that the England striker is aiming for one of next week’s games against Everton or Manchester City as a potential comeback date from an ankle injury.

Both sides need a win to keep up their hunt for a Champions League place, with both tied on 33 points as things stand.

Spurs take on Chelsea at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday, February 4th. Kick-off is at 8pm.

Brighton seal shock 1-0 win over Tottenham

The Seagulls have looked a different side in 2021 and Leandro Trossard early strike makes it back-to-back defeats for Spurs.

Brighton looked hungry for this from the word go as Pascal Gross deftly clipped against the post.

And the early pressure from the hosts was quickly rewarded after that as Trossard emphatically swept home Gross’ pass.

Potter’s side continued to carry the greater threat before the break as Gareth Bale was forced to clear Lewis Dunk’s smart header.

And with Jose Mourinho’s visitors unable to make any inroads after restart, Ben White forced a vital stop from Hugo Lloris.

Tottenham did almost snatch an underserved equaliser with ten minutes but Robert Sanchez made a sprawling save from Carlos Vinicius before Toby Alderweireld produced a fantastic block to deny Aaron Connolly.

Full Time from the AMEX Stadium it’s Brighton 1 Tottenham 0

Premier League: Tottenham v Liverpool

Both sides have topped the pile at one point or another this season, but find themselves struggling for consistency right now, with the rest of the challenging pack overtaking them in the hunt for the Premier League title.

Spurs go into the game eight points behind leaders Manchester City, having topped the table as recently as December. A month is a long time in football, and this season especially, and a poor run over Christmas has saw them lose ground on their fellow challengers.

Going into the game, Mourinho has spoken of injuries causing him headaches, with full-backs Matt Doherty and Ben Davies both missing with problems, while Giovanni Lo Celso and Dele Alli are also both out. The rest of the squad should be available though, with key men Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min both fine after being called into action when Spurs were pushed by Wycombe in the FA Cup earlier this week.

Liverpool’s injury issues are slightly more serious, although not as bad as they have been in recent months. The loss of almost all their senior centre-backs has seen them slip away from the top of the table, but Jurgen Klopp should have Joel Matip back for the trip to the Capital.

Jordan Henderson missed the FA Cup defeat to Manchester United last weekend, but is also expected to return to midfield alongside Thiago and Gini Wijnaldum.

Naby Keita, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Diogo Jota are all long-term absentees, with the Portugal striker probably the closest to a return around March-time.

With the sides separated in the table by a single point, the game carries huge significance in the race for the top four, which seems to swing one way then the other as each gameweek completes. Liverpool’s first home loss in almost four years to Burnley last time out summed up their recent problems, as they failed to score in their fourth league game in a row.

If they are to break that duck, they’ll have to find a way past a Spurs side that boast the second fewest goals conceded in the league this season. Only Manchester City have shipped fewer than Jose Mourinho’s side, whose counter-attacking style could make for an entertaining battle of tactics when the teams do collide.

Spurs take on Liverpool at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday, January 28th. Kick-off is at 8pm

Dele Alli expected to stay at Spurs claims Mourinho

Paris St Germain, now managed by former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, are pushing to sign the 24-year-old on loan for the rest of the season.

Alli has fallen out of favour under Mourinho, who has barely used him this season, but chairman Daniel Levy is understood to be hesitant to let him leave.

And Mourinho is not expecting any movement ahead of Monday’s deadline.

“I expect (him to be here) and I am saying that since the beginning of the window,” Mourinho said ahead of his side’s Premier League clash with Liverpool on Thursday.

“I was not expecting anyone to leave or expecting anyone to come. We are almost at the end of the window. I don’t believe that anything will happen, but it is open still.

“Football is football and the transfer window is open and sometimes unexpected things can happen, but I don’t expect it.”

If any deal is to happen it would be late in the window, something Tottenham traditionally specialise in, and that goes for any potential arrivals too.

Mourinho has said all month that he does not believe the club will make any signings and he is sticking to the message.

“Don’t think so. Honestly, I don’t think so,” he said. “As I was saying before, the transfer window is open and anything can happen until the last second.

“I’m convinced nothing is going to happen. If something happened it would be a huge surprise for me.”

Alli will be missing from Thursday’s game with Liverpool as he is injured and Mourinho hinted that several of his other players will also miss the game, though chose not to reveal who.

Full-backs Matt Doherty and Ben Davies are doubts, while Giovani Lo Celso is a long-term injury problem.

“We have more problems than that what I’m not going to share,” Mourinho said. “You have to wait for tomorrow, but we have a little bit of more problems than that.”

Liverpool won the reverse fixture in December with an stoppage-time goal to go three points clear at the top of the Premier League but their form has fallen off a cliff since.

They are winless in their last five and are now seven points shy of leaders Manchester City.

Mourinho says that every top club will have a dip this season and thinks they will bounce back.

“Every club, especially the traditional top six, has this situation,” he said.

“Not one team started with winning and is still winning after 19 matches and a few months of competition. Everyone has a difficult period. Some early, some later, some in the middle.

“Great evolution in what is historically considered below top-level team and ambitions, great performances from many of them. Very good teams, very good squads.

“I feel completely natural that some results happen. And then Liverpool had a period where the results are not going in their direction. But the coach is the same, the players are the same and the team is the same.”