The end of a season (finally – or nearly, finally): Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur
Well, just over two months late we are finally coming to the end of the season….
In those last-day games, there are European place up for grabs and relegation places to decide (apart from Norwich, who are already down).
But we are not concerned with the other teams, we are concerned with ourselves and we will make a last-ditch attempt to secure Europa League football.
As we all know, unless you come from another planet, we are on a three-game winning streak in the league. We beat Leicester City to move on to 58 points in seventh place, which could be a Europa League place if Arsenal fail to win the FA Cup.
As for Palace, there season has stagnated, losing their last seven in the league, but they are safe from relegation as they sit on 42 points, 11 above the drop zone.
Crystal Palace captain Luka Milivojevic might be fit to return from a knee injury that ruled him out at Wolves. Mamadou Sakho is out, along with James Tomkins, Patrick van Aanholt, Gary Cahill and the suspended Christian Benteke.
Dele Alli is available, having returned to training this week following a four-game absence with a hamstring issue. Tanguy Ndombele is again ruled out because of injury.
My predictions; 3/4 to us and nil to them.
We will end on a high
It has been a strange old season for our club; starting off with Mauricio Pochettino getting the sack in November and then the club brought in former Manchester United boss José Mourinho as his replacement. All within a matter of days.
Of course, the transitional season has had its ups and downs since Mourinho took charge. But that isn’t really surprising as I didn’t expect a quick turnaround. However, a sixth-placed finish, which would earn us a spot in the Europa League qualifying rounds, is still up for grabs even though we will need Wolves, who are a point ahead, to slip up at Chelsea on Sunday. But our priority is not to worry about Wolves, but to get the job done at Selhurst Park. Even though Palace haven’t won for a while, it doesn’t mean we couldn’t slip up at Palace.
Saying all that though, we should be far too much for a Palace side that have been in free-fall over the past few weeks, with Monday’s 2-0 defeat to Wolves their seventh loss in a row.
Last five results
20 Jul PL Wolves 2 Crystal Palace 0 L
16 Jul PL Crystal Palace 0 Manchester United 2 L
12 Jul PL Aston Villa 2 Crystal Palace 0 L
7 Jul PL Crystal Palace 2 Chelsea 3 L
4 Jul PL Leicester 3 Crystal Palace 0 L
19 Jul PL Tottenham 3 Leicester 0 W
15 Jul PL Newcastle 1 Tottenham 3 W
12 Jul PL Tottenham 2 Arsenal 1 W
9 Jul PL Bournemouth 0 Tottenham 0 D
6 Jul PL Tottenham 1 Everton 0 W
Crystal Palace vs Tottenham: last five meetings
14 Sep 19 PL Tottenham 4 Crystal Palace 0
3 Apr 19 PL Tottenham 2 Crystal Palace 0
27 Jan 19 FAC Crystal Palace 2 Tottenham 0
10 Nov 18 PL Crystal Palace 0 Tottenham 1
25 Feb 18 PL Crystal Palace 0 Tottenham 1
PL Premier League FAC FA Cup
So there you have it; it should be an exciting day sat in front of your TV, watching all the events unfold in a quiet and eerie stadium.
COME ON YOU SPURS!!!!