Tottenham travel to Selhurst Park in Saturday’s early kick-off to face Crystal Palace in the first Premier League game back after the international break.
Despite a challenging summer, Spurs head into this one top of the Premier League after a perfect start under new manager Nuno Espirito Santo – they are already the only club with a 100% record still intact even just three games into the season.
Palace, on the other hand, are still searching for a first win under their new boss. Patrick Vieira has seen draws against Brentford and West Ham since an opening day defeat to Chelsea last month.
When is kick off? Saturday 11 September, 12:30 (BST)
Where is it played? Selhurst Park
TV channel/live stream? BT Sport (UK), fuboTV (US)
Referee? Jonathan Moss
VAR? Jarred Gillett
Vieira stated prior to the international break that Luka Milivojevic would be ready for the ‘next home game’, which is this one. Summer signing Michael Olise also has a chance of making his debut at some point after struggling with a back injury in August and only training sparingly.
Eberechi Eze and Nathan Ferguson remain longer-term absentees.
Cristian Romero, Giovanni Lo Celso and Davinson Sanchez are all to miss the game because of quarantine restrictions after travelling to South America during the international break.
That could put deadline day signing Emerson Royal in line for an immediate debut and push Japhet Tanganga into the centre of defence.
Tanguy Ndombele is out in the cold, while Son Heung-min is a doubt with a calf problem. Steven Bergwijn is also carrying an ankle injury and is another doubt.
Crystal Palace: (4-3-3) – Guaita; Ward, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchel; Gallagher, Kouyate, Milivojevic; Zaha, Benteke, Ayew
Tottenham: (4-3-3) – Lloris; Emerson, Tanganga, Dier, Reguilon; Dele, Skipp, Hojbjerg; Lucas, Kane; Gil
Crystal Palace haven’t beaten Tottenham in the Premier League since January 2015 when Dwight Gayle and Jason Puncheon scored the goals in a second half comeback win. That also remains the only Palace win in 16 meetings since the Eagles were last promoted in 2013.
Spurs won 4-1 the last time these clubs met, with Harry Kane and Gareth Bale scoring twice each at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in March. The last two games at Selhurst Park, however, have both ended 1-1.
The loss of Romero isn’t a big deal for Spurs at his stage as the Argentine centre-back has only played one minute of the three games so far. But what could be disruptive is a reshuffle from Sanchez being ruled out, pushing Tanganga inside and throwing Emerson in at the deep end.
That could very plausibly weaken Spurs enough for them to concede their first goal of the season, while they are yet to their stride at the other end after only three in three.
Son missing will be a blow but Kane will be fitter and sharper than before the international break.
Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-1 Tottenham