By Dominic Toner
Alan Pardew believes his side face a tough challenge when they play against a Tottenham side led by “proven” manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Crystal Palace visit White Hart Lane for the second round of Premier League fixtures, with both sides still searching for their first win of the season.
Palace manager Pardew has revealed that the clash with Spurs will be a difficult one and praised the work of his opposite number Mauricio Pochettino.
“Tottenham isn’t an ideal away game for our first so we’ll have to be at our best tomorrow,” Pardew said at his pre-match press conference, as quoted by Tottenham’s website. “They have a manager proven at this level and an energy in the squad.
“They’ll be better for the experience of last year and they have brought (Vincent) Janssen in to give Harry Kane a little rest here and there. We’ll have to be very, very good to get something there.”
Spurs picked up a point away at Everton last Saturday as midfielder Erik Lamela scored a second-half equaliser.
The club’s captain Hugo Lloris suffered a hamstring injury at Goodison Park and is expected to be sidelined for four weeks.
Spurs’ medical staff have assessed the injury and confirmed that Lloris will miss the club’s matches against Palace, Liverpool and Stoke, and faces a race against time to be fit for their 18 September home clash against Sunderland.
Goalkeeper Michel Vorm replaced Lloris in the draw with Everton and is line to start against Crystal Palace.
Manager Pardew identified the threat of forwards Kane and Janssen for Spurs and both will be desperate to chalk up their first goals of the season.
The 22-year-old Janseen made his Premier League debut last week off the substitutes bench and nearly celebrated it with a goal, but his compatriot Maarten Stekelenburg denied him from close range.
Talisman Kane revealed that he was not at full fitness in Spurs’ match against Everton but last season’s golden boot winner will be much sharper against Everton after another week of training under his belt.
Kane, 23, has already made 127 appearances for Spurs in all competitions and scored 64 goals in return.
Palace suffered a disappointing 1-0 home loss to West Brom on the opening day of the season and Pardew will be keen for a reaction against Spurs.
In other Tottenham team news, Paul Merson has given his verdict on the Spurs v Palace match.