Sunday saw Tottenham Hotspur beating 10-man Crystal Palace in a comfortable 3-0 victory at home, that is, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. So, among last night’s Premier League football news, Tottenham easily took the spoils on the Boxing Day spoils over Palace.
Spurs scored twice in the first half, while Palace where without manager Patrick Vieira after he tested positive for COVID-19. Already without their head coach, they also went down to 10 men when Wilfried Zaha received two bookable offences.
Palace, who failed to register even a single shot on target, are on 12th position in the Premier League standings.
Meanwhile, Tottenham have 29 points, six less than fourth-placed Arsenal. But they have played three games fewer than the Gunners after having two matches postponed this month because of COVID-19.
Clearly, head coach Antonio Conte has changed the vibe at Tottenham since taking over from Nuno Espirito Santo. That’s especially true now that his Spur side avenged a 3-0 defeat at Palace in September.
Premier League Football News – Tottenham Easily Took the Spoils
Tottenham started the game better, and it was Son Heung-Min who first tested Jack Butland in the opening moments. Son’s effort from distance forced Butland to get down low to his right to scoop the ball behind.
Spurs had to wait until the 32nd minute to find the breakthrough, which came out of nothing. Lucas Moura broke away from midfield to (square) pass to the unmarked Harry Kane, who swept his shot past Butland.
And only two minutes later, Spurs had scored another goal. This time it was Moura whose name went on the scoresheet. He rose to head home from Emerson Royal’s perfect cross to score Tottenham’s second goal.
As if Palace’s task wasn’t already hard, it became even more difficult in the 37th minute. Zaha received a second yellow card after he shoved Davinson Sanchez to the ground.
The second half was largely a non-event. Spurs dominated possession over the 10-man Palace and the home side accordingly found a third goal in the 73rd minute. Son guided home Moura’s cross from close range.