3 things to look out for in the Tottenham v Crystal Palace match

Quick as a flash, the Premier League is back, with a London derby one of the 3pm kick-offs on Saturday. 

Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur side welcome Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace outfit, who travel north of the capital to contest at White Hart Lane.

They’ll have to do so without the services of Yannick Bolasie, who of course joined Everton earlier this week.

The Congolese frontman was everything that epitomised the Eagles’ good play last season and he’ll be a real loss for the side.

Meanwhile, the home side went up against the Toffees last weekend and fared slightly better than Palace, getting a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.

It could have gone either way, but Pochettino will probably be the more confident manager going into this clash.

The Argentine will be hoping to get Harry Kane and Dele Alli firing tomorrow, who struggled to make much of an impact last weekend.

Whether or not the pair are suffering a hangover from Euro 2016 remains to be seen, though Alli’s goal against this weekend’s opposition last season was one of the strikes of the season.

However, that was then and this is now, with the visitor’s boasting the type of players able to spring a surprise.

So, what should we be looking out for at White Hart Lane?

Andros back in town

After a short stint with relegated Newcastle United, former Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend has moved back to the Big Smoke, joining the Eagles over the summer.

Having left his boyhood charges under a cloud, the England international will certainly have a point to prove on his first return to White Hart Lane.

He impressed with the Toon Army and his direct running is likely to cause the opposition problems.

Harry Kane under pressure

Clearly, judging Harry Kane on his performances at Euro 2016 is perhaps too harsh on a man who has proved thoroughly lethal at club level for two years.

However, after such a disappointing summer, the 23-year old will be under intense scrutiny to get off the mark quickly in the first home game of the season.

Hugo a huge loss

While Michel Vorm is an extremely competent ‘keeper indeed, Spurs will no doubt miss captain Hugo Lloris for the crunch tie.

The French international has been ruled out with a hamstring injury sustained in the game at Goodison Park and he is a huge loss for the club.

There are few goalkeepers in the Premier League who offer such a sturdy pair of hands between the sticks, representing quite the blow for the home side.