CRYSTAL PALACE v TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 13:30, Selhurst Park (Sunday)
Crystal Palace return to the Premier League for the first time in eight years and have a tough task against Champions League hopefuls Spurs in the first London derby of the season. Palace’s star player from last term, Wilfred Zaha has since moved onto Manchester United but Ian Holloway has added firepower to his side with the signings of Dwight Gayle, Scott Dobie and Marouane Chamakh. The Eagles have lost only one of their last six Premier League games against Spurs albeit the last coming over eight years ago.
Tottenham will be without in-demand star Gareth Bale who is ruled out with a foot injury but there should be debuts for new arrivals Soldado, Chadli and Paulinho. Tottenham have only won two of their last 12 opening Barclays Premier League games but cannot afford to slip-up against a promoted side they are expected to beat. The problem Spurs had last season was seeing off the small teams, if they can change that then they should be in pole position for a top four finish, especially as closest rivals Arsenal have yet to make a major signing.
What to watch out for: The Eagles won 16 penalties in the Championship last season, a league-high and it will be interesting to see whether their luck continues in the top-flight.
Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Gabbidon, Delaney, Moxey, Dobbie, Garvan, Jedinak, Grandin, Gayle, Williams
Tottenham – Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Rose; Lennon, Sandro, Paulinho, Chadli; Dembele, Soldado