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The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

Guardian - søn, 11/11/2018 - 22:56

Your weekend round-up of the best photography from England’s top flight

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Spurs agree Wembley season option

Sky Sports - søn, 11/11/2018 - 13:13
Tottenham have agreed a "contingency" plan to play the rest of this season's home games at Wembley if their new stadium continues to face delays.

PL goals: Rondon double, Austin anger

Sky Sports - søn, 11/11/2018 - 01:00
Watch goals from Saturday's Premier League games as Newcastle, Tottenham and Cardiff all won while Leicester paid tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Poch delight for 'quality' Foyth

Sky Sports - lør, 10/11/2018 - 22:00
Mauricio Pochettino was full of praise for Juan Foyth after his goal gave Tottenham victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Trippier doubt for England duty

Sky Sports - lør, 10/11/2018 - 21:15
Kieran Trippier is a doubt for England duty after being forced off in Tottenham's win at Crystal Palace with a groin problem.

PL review: Cardiff, Newcastle win

Sky Sports - lør, 10/11/2018 - 21:00
Cardiff and Newcastle claimed valuable victories at the bottom of the Premier League on Saturday, while Charlie Austin launched an astonishing attack on the match officials after Southampton's 1-1 draw with Watford...

Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – as it happened

Guardian - lør, 10/11/2018 - 20:40

The impressive Juan Foyth’s header secured Spurs’ seventh away win of the Premier League season on a filthy night at Selhurst Park

7.40pm GMT

Paul MacInnes’ match report has landed, so it’s time for me to do one. Thanks for your company, bye!

Related: Juan Foyth scores first career goal to give Tottenham win at Crystal Palace

7.36pm GMT

Post-match interviews

Juan Foyth “The most important thing is that we played well. The first half was difficult for us but we won. I had to learn from the two penalties [at Wolves] and I think that experience has been good for me.”

7.23pm GMT

Peep peep! Spurs win away from home for the seventh time in the league this season. They had to work very hard on a filthy evening in south London, but the excellent Juan Foyth’s header gave them a deserved victory. They have sure learned how to win ugly this season.

7.20pm GMT

90+3 min There will be five minutes of added time. Spurs are wasting much of it down by the corner flag.

7.19pm GMT

90+2 min Spurs break superbly from the Palace corner, and Son looks set to score when Kelly appears from nowhere to make a fantastic tackle just inside the area.

7.19pm GMT

90+1 min: What a chance for Sorloth! Milivojevic’s long-range shot hit a Spurs defender and fell perfectlly for him in the area. He took a touch and smashed a left-footed shot from eight yards that was brilliantly blocked by Lloris. It was a great save but Sorloth should really have scored.

7.17pm GMT

89 min Palace are running out of time. They’re a solid, hard-working side but they have inevitably struggled without Wilfried Zaha.

7.14pm GMT

86 min Milivojevic’s whipped free-kick skims off the head of a Spurs defender and flashes across the face of goal. This is Palace’s most dominant spell of the match.

7.13pm GMT

85 min Ayew is fouled down the right, almost on the byline. Winks is booked for dissent.

7.13pm GMT

84 min Palace are starting to bombard Spurs with crosses. Van Aanholt plays a fine one-two with Ayew and hits a low cross-shot that deflects to Townsend near the penalty spot. He controls the ball with his chest and swivels to hit a volley that is comfortably saved by Lloris.

7.10pm GMT

83 min After hitting that shot Schlupp landed on Lamela, who has a gash on his forehead and a line of blood down his face and is receiving treatment. The Palace fans boo Lamela, who eventually walks groggily off the pitch to be replaced by Harry Winks.

7.08pm GMT

80 min Good save from Lloris! Schlupp hit one sweetly from 25 yards with his right foot, and Lloris plunged to his left to palm it away.

7.05pm GMT

77 min Palace have been unlucky in a few games this season but they can’t really complain about this score. Though they haven’t created many chances, Spurs have controlled the game almost throughout.

7.03pm GMT

75 min Schlupp’s crisp low cross from the left is bravely claimed at the near post by Lloris.

7.01pm GMT

74 min Palace are starting to look resigned to defeat.

6.59pm GMT

72 min A Spurs substitution: Son replaces the lively if sometimes wasteful Lucas Moura.

6.59pm GMT

71 min “Rob, are you staying on to guide us through Boca vs River, Libertadores final, at La Bombonera... on a waterlogged pitch?!?!” says Simon Cook. “Come on, you must be tempted!!”

I was very tempted to sit on the sofa with a nice booze and count the red cards, but it’s been postponed hasn’t it?

6.58pm GMT

70 min Palace make their final change, Alexander Sorloth for James McArthur.

6.56pm GMT

68 min Hennessey springs from his line to make two vital interceptions in the space of a minute, first from Moura and then Lamela.

6.55pm GMT

66 min Jeffrey Schlupp replaces the disappointing Max Meyer for Palace.

6.55pm GMT

What a lovely moment for the kid who gave away two penalties last weekend. Lamela’s corner from the left was met by Kane, whose stooping header hit McArthur in the six-yard box. The ball looped up in the air, and Foyth reacted quickest to head past Hennessey.

6.54pm GMT

The young defender Juan Foyth gives Spurs the lead!

6.52pm GMT

65 min Lots of Spurs possession again. They’ve had around 70 per cent in the match, but Hennessey hasn’t had any really difficult saves to make.

6.51pm GMT

63 min Despite the admirable endeavour of both sides, this hasn’t been the most entertaining of games.

6.47pm GMT

59 min Palace make their first change, with Martin Kelly replacing the injured James Tomkins.

6.45pm GMT

57 min Now it’s Spurs’ turn to win a couple of corners in quick succession. Nothing comes of either, but it’s the thought that counts.

6.42pm GMT

54 min Another chance from a set piece for Palace. Milivojevic drilled a right-wing corner beyond the far post, where Tomkins got away from Alli and headed wide from six yards. That was an excellent chance. As Chris Sutton says on BT Sport, he needed to go back across goal rather than aim for the near side.

6.40pm GMT

52 min This is a decent spell for Palace, who look especially dangerous from set pieces.

6.38pm GMT

50 min A chance for Palace. When a corner goes through Lloris’s hands, Tomkins loops a header towards goal. Lloris scrambles back towards his line and manages to flap the ball clear under pressure.

6.36pm GMT

49 min A quiet start to the second half. In fact I cannot think of a single thing worth mentioning, except that there’s nothing to mention.

6.36pm GMT

48 min Spurs appear to have moved Lamela behind Kane, with Alli moving deeper and Sissoko to the right.

6.35pm GMT

47 min “Hi Rob,” says Wayne Ziants. “This has probably been mentioned elsewhere, but the commentators on our Canadian feed have shared the fascinating fact that out of the last 26 goals scored in this fixture, 25 were scored in the second half. So, I’m staying tuned.”

6.33pm GMT

46 min Peep peep! Spurs get the second half under way.

6.25pm GMT

Half-time reading

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6.17pm GMT

Peep peep! A half of few chances, though both sides have worked hard in dismal conditions. See you in 10 minutes for the second half.

6.17pm GMT

45+1 min Moura is flattened by Kouyate, giving Spurs a free-kick on the right wing. Lamela’s inswinger is flapped away by Hennessey, and that should be that.

6.13pm GMT

42 min A chance for Moura. He arrived late at the far post to meet Aurier’s dangerous cross, but he has to stretch and could only head over the bar from four yards. Spurs are looking more threatening, particularly through crosses from the full-backs.

6.11pm GMT

40 min Tomkins is booked for a foul on Lucas Moura.

6.09pm GMT

38 min It’s still pouring down, as it has throughout the match.

6.08pm GMT

37 min After a lovely move from Spurs, Aurier’s chipped cross just clears the stretching Lucas Moura in front of goal.

6.08pm GMT

36 min “This is very predictable so far,” says Jeremy Dresner. “Low block and solid well organised defensive lines from CP. Spurs can’t break through or make hay with crosses. Lamela and Moura’s style suffers on a very heavy pitch. Dele is not fully back to match sharpness. The answer to unlocking this is on the bench. His name is Eriksen.”

Yes. Spurs have a terrific squad, full of technical players, but when Eriksen doesn’t play they have a slightly sexless beauty.

6.06pm GMT

34 min Apart from that one dodgy backpass, Foyth has been steady for Spurs. It’s been quite a nice game to be a defender, though, as Spurs have had around 70 per cent of the possession.

6.01pm GMT

30 min Milivojevic lets the ball run across his body and loses it to Kane, who moves forward and hits a wobbling shot from 25 yards that is palmed behind by the diving Hennessey. It was a fairly comfortable save.

5.59pm GMT

28 min Another terrific cross from Davies is headed tamely wide of the far post by Alli. That was the best chance so far. It looked like he tried to steer it back across towards Kane, but he is such a good finisher with his head that he should probably have gone for goal.

5.57pm GMT

26 min Trippier’s departure has ruined a good acronym - before he went off the defence was Davies, Alderweireld, Foyth and Trippier.

5.56pm GMT

25 min A beautiful cross from Davies just clears Kane at the far post. Aurier whacks it speculatively back into the area and Tomkins clears.

5.54pm GMT

23 min Another injury for Tottenham. Kieran Trippier is limping off with a leg injury and has been replaced by Serge Aurier.

5.53pm GMT

21 min This is a good game. That shot from Sissoko might have been swerving just wide of the far post but it was still a terrific block from Sakho.

5.52pm GMT

19 min Spurs restore calm by keeping the ball for a couple of minutes. Then Sissoko explodes into life with a thrilling run infield from the left. He runs straight through three players, neatly evades a fourth and smacks a close-range shot that is brilliantly blocked by Sakho.

5.48pm GMT

17 min An abysmal backpass from Foyth goes out for a Palace corner, but it comes to nothing.

5.47pm GMT

16 min A long ball forward from Sakho finds Townsend, who rattles a shot into the side netting from a tight angle.

5.47pm GMT

16 min “I know it’s been remarked on before (probably by you, Rob), but what a nostalgic pleasure to hear Roy Hodgson refer to Arsenal as The Arsenal,” says Charles Antaki. “At some point being true to yourself risks being seen as old and unadaptable, which, when it comes, will be a sorry fate for a decent man with decent footballing values.”

I wouldn’t say I have decent footballing values.

5.47pm GMT

15 min Wan-Bissaka wins a corner for Palace, who are having an excellent spell. It’s driven beyond the far post to Tomkins, who heads gently wide under pressure from Alli.

5.45pm GMT

13 min Lucas Moura saves Spurs with a superb defensive header. Ayew played a good pass down the left side of the box to Townsend, who stood up a deep cross to McArthur. He headed back across goal towards Kouyate, who was shaping for an overhead kick from six yards when Lucas Moura - Lucas Moura! - appeared from nowhere to head clear.

5.43pm GMT

12 min Townsend seems okay now, so.

5.42pm GMT

11 min Andros Townsend is limping. I was going to say that’s a worry for Palace, but I don’t want to insult your intelligence.

5.42pm GMT

9 min Spurs are enjoying their usual hypnotic possession. After another patient move, Trippier’s dipping cross is bundled behind for the corner by the diving Sakho. Nothing comes of the corner.

5.38pm GMT

7 min Ayew wins the first corner of the match for Palace. Milivojevic floats it towards the far post, where Lloris comes and misses his attempted punch. Thankfully for him the ball clears everyone and he gets away with it.

5.37pm GMT

6 min Spurs have started with lots of possession, as you’d expect. Palace’s two banks of four look well organised as ever.

5.34pm GMT

4 min Milivojevic heads the ball over the top for Ayew, who is dispossessed smartly by Foyth.

5.32pm GMT

2 min For the tactics fetishists, Spurs are playing in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Sissoko in central midfield and Alli behind Kane.

5.31pm GMT

1 min Peep peep! Crystal Palace, in red and blue, get the match under way. Spurs are in white. It really is lashing down.

5.26pm GMT

5.23pm GMT

It’s pelting down at Selhurst Park. Football in the rain, as nature intended.

5.15pm GMT

Mauricio Pochettino speaks “We are doing very well away from home. It’s important to win and keep our good position in the table. Davinson Sanchez felt his hamstring at the end of the PSV game which is why he is not in the squad.”

5.08pm GMT

This is a good stat on BT Sport Palace have lost their last 12 league games without Wilfried Zaha.

5.05pm GMT

Roy Hodgson speaks “Wilf Zaha felt a slight pull in his hamstring towards the end of the Chelsea game so he’s unavailable. Tottenham are a very good team with so many players who can construct a goal. All we can do is try to do what we did against the Arsenal and against Chelsea: work very hard, be compact and hope that we can keep them at bay. Who knows, we might find some space at the edge of their box as well.”

4.56pm GMT

Pre-match reading

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4.36pm GMT

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4.34pm GMT

Crystal Palace (4-4-2) Hennessey; Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, van Aanholt; McArthur, Kouyate, Milivojevic, Meyer; Townsend, Ayew.
Substitutes: Guaita, Ward, Schlupp, Kelly, Riedewald, Puncheon, Sorloth.

Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1) Lloris; Trippier, Foyth, Alderweireld, Davies; Sissoko, Wanyama; Lamela, Alli, Moura; Kane.
Substitutes: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Winks, Dier, Eriksen, Son, Llorente.

3.47pm GMT

Hello. Crystal Palace aren’t quite glum all over but it’s been a frustrating season. They have been unfortunate on a few occasions - you should see their expected goals, mate - and have picked up only eight points in 11 games. They’ve won just two matches, one for each bank of four - and both of those were away, which is a surprise for a team with arguably the best home support in the league.

It’s been a bit of a strange season for Spurs, too. They have lost almost all their big games and have been nowhere near their seductive best, yet they are still in the Champions League, just about, and a win today would take them to within two points of the leaders Manchester City. It’s a droll old game.

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Juan Foyth scores first career goal to give Tottenham win at Crystal Palace

Guardian - lør, 10/11/2018 - 20:39

Last week Juan Foyth had a league debut to forget, coming away responsible for not one but two penalties at Wolves. This week the 20-year-old was the man of the match, and scored his first career goal against Crystal Palace to take Spurs to within two points of the Premier League summit. That’s what you call a learning curve.

Foyth was a fitting figurehead for this victory, which was Spurs’ season to date in microcosm. Mauricio Pochettino’s side grafted away against opposition set up to stop them playing and eventually found a way to win. There may not have been much in the way of sparkling football, but their determination throughout was vivid.

Related: Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – live reaction!

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Foyth heads Spurs past Palace

Sky Sports - lør, 10/11/2018 - 20:38
Juan Foyth bounced back from a difficult Premier League debut to score the winner as Tottenham battled to a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Merson's predictions

Sky Sports - lør, 10/11/2018 - 08:00
Paul Merson is back with his final round of Premier League predictions ahead of the international break...

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham preview

Sky Sports - lør, 10/11/2018 - 08:00
Mauricio Pochettino says he may rest Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen for Tottenham's trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday (kick-off 5.30pm).

Transfer Centre LIVE!

Sky Sports - lør, 10/11/2018 - 08:00
The latest news and gossip as from around the world, including latest interest in Manchester United pair Ashley Young and Chris Smalling.

Poch: Kane should worry less about goals

Sky Sports - lør, 10/11/2018 - 00:18
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes Harry Kane could be an even better player if he was less obsessed with scoring.

Tottenham’s Harry Kane judged in an extreme way, says Mauricio Pochettino

Guardian - fre, 09/11/2018 - 23:29

• Striker’s form questioned despite 10 goals this season
• Manager compares Kane to Argentina great Gabriel Batistuta

Mauricio Pochettino has described Harry Kane as an “assassin” in front of goal, as he reflected on the striker’s enduring finishing excellence and the tendency of English football fans to lurch from one extreme to the other in their analysis of England players.

Related: Crystal Palace v Tottenham: match preview

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Crystal Palace v Tottenham: match preview

Guardian - fre, 09/11/2018 - 14:43

Crystal Palace start the weekend just three points off the foot of the table and without a league win since mid-September, with the visit of Tottenham their latest daunting game as they seek a first home win. They will need to channel the spirit and aggression that so unsettled Arsenal last month if they are to gain anything from this occasion. Tottenham unlikely to be too perturbed by their lengthy injury list. They tend to prevail narrowly in this fixture and are seeking a fourth successive win in all competitions. Dominic Fifield

Saturday 5.30pm BT Sport 1

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Guardian - fre, 09/11/2018 - 01:06

José Mourinho to antagonise Manchester City, Mark Hughes on the brink and an Everton reunion for Ross Barkley

The moments Jose Mourinho has cherished most in his career are those when he could thumb his nose at expectation and the established order. Wednesday night’s post-match gurning and chuckling in Turin showed he has lost none of his appetite for personal vindication and vindictiveness. Such occasions were in short supply at cash-rich Chelsea, an Inter Milan dominating Serie A or when managing Real Madrid. And his attempts to paint Manchester United as bedraggled underdogs have usually defied credibility. Sunday at the Etihad, though, is an occasion he can paint himself as a freedom fighter. The Premier League title is all but surrendered barring miracles, City’s superiority in Manchester is confirmed but for once Mourinho might have the wider public on side. Those Der Spiegel allegations raining down this week on City’s business practices and sources of wealth suggest City have not been fighting a fair fight. They are bound to be brought up by United fans in the Etihad and United’s manager would just love to deepen City’s discomfort with one of those unlikely victories, cup his ear and show off that lopsided wink of his. JB

Related: Tottenham’s Mousa Dembélé sidelined until January with ankle injury

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International duty frustrates Poch

Sky Sports - fre, 09/11/2018 - 00:25
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino would prefer not to send his players on international duty if he had the choice.

Tottenham’s Mousa Dembélé sidelined until January with ankle injury

Guardian - tor, 08/11/2018 - 17:40

• Midfielder damaged ankle ligaments against Wolves last week
• Spurs expected to rotate for Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace

Mauricio Pochettino has said that Mousa Dembélé is out until early January with an ankle ligament problem while Danny Rose is recovering more slowly than expected from groin trouble and is not expected to return this month.

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Premier League highlights

Sky Sports - tor, 08/11/2018 - 16:18

'Patience with Wembley will be worth it'

Sky Sports - tor, 08/11/2018 - 15:04
Mauricio Pochettino says the prolonged wait for Tottenham's new stadium will be worth it and players and fans should be grateful to have Wembley for the time being.
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