The Premier League returns this Saturday with two teams needing wins for different reasons; can Patrick Vieira get his first win as the Crystal Palace manager? The visitors to Selhurst Park are Tottenham Hotspur, a team with the only perfect record in the league. It’s the first time Spurs have started a season with three wins and three clean sheets in their history.
Saturday’s game will be the 25th Premier League meeting between the two London sides; Palace have won three games, and Spurs have won 14. Harry Kane and Gareth Bale scored a brace when Spurs hammered Roy Hodgson’s Palace 4-1 back in March with the last two meetings at Selhurst Park ending in 1-1 draws.
This is the fourth London game in a row for Palace. A 3-0 defeat away to Chelsea wasn’t the start the new manager wanted. The Eagles shared the spoils with Brentford on Matchday 2, before drawing 2-2 away to West Ham United.
Winning games means scoring goals, and that’s a concern for Palace. Under Hodgson, they scored 41 goals in 38 league games. Vieira has a lot of work to do if he wants the Eagles to become the attacking side he promised the fans. The Eagles had two shots on target in the 0-0 draw at home to Brentford. At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea limited Palace to one shot on target.