(Sporting Alert) – – Following an active summer in the transfer market, Tottenham is ready to test those new signings in their opening English Premier League game of the season against the newly promoted Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
Starting today for Tottenham are Roberto Soldado, Nacer Chadli and Paulinho, but there is not Gareth Bale, who is injured.
This team, however, is still expected to be too good for the hosts, with Mousa Dembele, Aaron Lennon, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose all starting as well.
Crystal Palace handed a competitive debut to record signing Dwight Gayle, who will start in the attack with the veteran Kevin Phillips and new signing Marouane Chamakh both starting on the bench.
“We’ve got a great bunch of lads. I thought I’d have a different team but we’ve had one or two illnesses and injuries,” Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway told BBC Sports.
“I’ve gone with almost what we had at Wembley, without Wilf (Wilfried Zaha, who joined Manchester United).”
Crystal Palace v Tottenham
Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Gabbidon, Delaney, Moxey, Jedinak, Dikgacoi, Dobbie, Garvan, Wilbraham, Gayle
Subs: Marange, Alexander, Campana, Phillips, O’Keefe, Williams, Chamakh
Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Rose, Sigurdsson, Paulinho, Dembele, Lennon, Soldado, Chadli
Subs: Kaboul, Capoue, Naughton, Townsend, Defoe, Friedel, Carroll
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)