Crystal Palace vs Tottenham H2H: Son to send Spurs 5 points clear at the top?

There’s a London derby in the Premier League this Friday. It’s a 20:00 kick-off at Selhurst Park for the latest installment of the Crystal Palace vs Tottenham H2H.

Spurs have a golden opportunity to go five points clear at the top of the table as they bid to continue their flying start under new boss Ange Postecoglou.

Son vs Palace
Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min sees his shot saved by Crystal Palace goalkeeper Sam Johnstone during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday May 6, 2023. – Photo by Icon sport

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham H2H Record

There have been 57 meetings overall.

  • Crystal Palace Wins: 11
  • Draws: 15
  • Tottenham Wins: 31

The clubs didn’t meet in the league until the 1969/70 season meaning this derby doesn’t have quite as much history as some in the capital. Tottenham have had much the better of it overall, winning more than half of the meetings.

Spurs have won the last three meetings to nil, although this will be the first time the clubs have met since the sale of Harry Kane who scored 11 times in 18 Premier League appearances against the Eagles.

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham H2H
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane attempts a shot on goal during the Premier League match at Selhurst Park on Wednesday January 4, 2023 – Photo by Icon sport

Last time out…

Kane was the only goalscorer the last time these sides met. That was at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in May with the England captain netting in First Half Stoppage Time to seal victory in a relatively uneventful game.

Ryan Mason was in charge of Spurs on that occasion but he failed to guide the North London club to a place in Europe. Palace bounced back with a home win over Bournemouth the following weekend as they went on to claim a solid 11th place finish under Roy Hodgson.

Spurs take on Palace
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Crystal Palace vs Tottenham H2H: Potential MVP

One man who tends to enjoy life in this fixture is Heung-min Son. He has never lost in the Premier League against Crystal Palace, winning 12 of his 14 league matches against the Eagles.

The Korean international has registered 7 goals and 2 assists in those matches and will be hungry to improve on that record on Friday night.

Operating in a central role, the Korean is showing why Spurs were right not to go big on an outright Kane replacement in the summer.

With new boy James Maddison providing plenty of ammunition, Son is thriving in his new role and has netted 7 goals in 9 Premier League matches so far this term. A match against one of his favourite opponents offers the 31 year old a good chance to add to that tally.

Crystal Palace: Players in focus

Can Guehi help keep Son quiet?

Marc Guehi is one of Crystal Palace’s most important players and the defender will need to be at his best to thwart free-scoring Spurs.

Doucoure with big role to play

Holding midfielder Cheick Doucoure will also be key and may be the man most responsible for keeping tabs on James Maddison.

Can Edouard strike against Spurs again?

Odsonne Edouard was the star with two goals when Palace enjoyed one of their best ever days against Spurs in the 3-0 Premier League win at Selhurst Park in September 2021.

Edouard vs Spurs
Odsonne Edouard of Crystal Palace celebrates scoring his side's third goal against Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match at Selhurst Park on 11/09/2021. Photo by Icon Sport.

Tottenham: Players in focus

Maddison working his magic

James Maddison already looks like one of the signings of the summer with 3 goals and 5 assists so far in the 2023/24 Premier League.

Pedro Porro shining at right back

The Spaniard has made the right back position his own with some assured displays so far this season.

Van de Ven adapting to Premier League life

Micky van de Ven is another new Spurs signing who has been an integral part of Spurs' early season success with an average of 1.7 tackles per game while he has completed 94.3% of his passes.

Tottenham Hotspur's James Maddison scores against Fulham on Monday October 23, 2023. Photo by Icon sport

Final Prediction

Spurs can do no wrong at the moment and even the pre-season expectation that they’d concede a lot of goals has not come to pass. 

Only Manchester City have a better defensive record than Ange Postecoglou’s team who are clearly riding on the crest of a wave right now and that momentum may just fire them to another win here.

We’re saying 2-0 to Spurs with Son to score the first goal.

Mark is a freelance football writer based in Madrid. He regularly attends and covers La Liga matches around Spain, whilst also following football across Europe.