Crystal Palace will be hoping to avenge their opening day defeat against Tottenham Hotspur when the two teams meet today.
The Eagles will be high on confidence after their win against West Brom last week.
Their last away game in the Premier League was against Manchester City where Tony Pulis’ team lost 1-0 but could have grabbed at least a draw if it was not for Joe Hart’s goalkeeping heroics.
This Saturday Palace take on Tim Sherwood’s resurgent Spurs side.
Since Pulis took over at Selhurst Park, he has placed more emphasis on defensive organisation, and the performance of Joel Ward against Norwich encapsulated this change of philosophy.
The EA Sports Player Performance Index shows that he was successful in every challenge that he attempted during the game.
Jason Puncheon has been impressive since he made his loan switch to the Eagles, featuring in 17 of their 20 matches this term.
Always a threat on the wing, Puncheon’s ability to glide past defenders and swing in a cross has been evident this term, and his excellent offensive ability was evident against the Canaries as he made a total of 27 attacking contributions (based on passes in the opposition half, crosses, dribbles and shots on target). This was the most in the Palace squad.
Mile Jedinak has been an inspirational skipper for Palace this term, and has led from the front in their fight against relegation.
This is most evident in the fact that he is the only outfield player in the Eagles’ squad to have featured in every minute of the campaign so far.
The Australian has also made a staggering number of interceptions this campaign, with no other player in the league bettering Jedinak’s 70.
Barry Bannan has made a solid start to life at Selhurst Park, racking up a total of 13 appearances for the Eagles since his move in the Summer. His crossing has excelled in this time, as he has swung the ball in a total of 17 times – more than any other Palace player.
One of the first moves that Tim Sherwood made at the start of his tenure at Tottenham was to bring Emmanuel Adebayor back in from the wilderness, and his decision has certainly been vindicated with the Togolese striker putting in a number of top quality performances.
He was impressive again against Manchester United as the EA Sports Player Performance Index demonstrates that he made a total of 22 attacking contributions which was more than any other player in the squad.
When looking at the Tottenham striker’s shooting statistics, Sherwood’s decision to bring Adebayor back in to the fold shouldn’t be considered too much of a surprise.
Adebayor has managed to hit the target with 63% of his efforts, whereas Defoe’s accuracy is only 45% and Soldado’s 35%.
Christian Eriksen scored the goal that proved to be the winner against the Champions, and it was probably the most telling contribution of his Spurs career to date.
Critics have been quick to jump on the back of Eriksen since his move to North London, but many of these criticism may be unfounded. His passing, in particular, has been impressive, as he has completed a pass in the opposition half every 2.9 minutes, however he also has very impressive shooting statistics.
So far this season, he has hit the target with 80% of his shots.
The injury to Andros Townsend has certainly hit Spurs hard, with Tim Sherwood’s men missing his classic wing play. So far this campaign, Townsend has completed 56 dribbles, the most in the Spurs squad, and swung in 12 crosses, also the most in the Spurs ranks.