On Friday evening, Ange Postecoglou and Tottenham Hotspur have a golden opportunity to increase their lead at the top of the Premier League table to five points. After defeating Fulham 2-0 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Monday to reclaim first place, the Lilywhites don’t have long to wait for their next league match.
Tottenham will stay in London one more, this time travelling to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace. The hope is that Postecoglou’s side will be able to capture another three points and maintain their fantastic start to the league campaign after earning a brilliant 4-0 win at the Eagles’ stadium earlier this year.
Ahead of the game in south London, Postecoglou has a couple of big decisions to make in relation to his starting XI. Potentially making a few alterations as he looks to make use of his squad due to the short turnaround, Brennan Johnson could come into consideration for his second Tottenham start and that may impact Dejan Kulusevski.
Tottenham will also have Yves Bissouma available for selection once again after he served his one-match ban against Luton Town. That may not now be the most straightforward of decisions for the Spurs head coach as Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who replaced him in the starting XI on Monday evening, was in top form and played a key part in the win.
As Bissouma is only one booking away from another one-match ban, there is also the option that Spurs name the player on the bench to ensure he is available to face Chelsea and not absent through suspension once again.
Tottenham reporter Rob Guest is joined by football.london’s head of football Lee Wilmot in Alasdair Gold’s absence for the latest episode of Gold & Guest Talk Tottenham. In this week’s episode of the podcast, the pair discuss Tottenham’s win over Fulham and what exactly it means heading into the trip to Selhurst Park.
Postecoglou’s post-match comments about Tottenham’s disappointing use of the ball in the second half is also a talking point, especially as his words could maybe spark a big improvement and result in the team putting Palace to the sword in their showdown.