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Spurs aim to add to new ground winners

3 Apr 2019
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North Londoners can become third side to mark first PL match at new stadium with a victory

Tottenham Hotspur will be aiming to become only the third club to mark their first Premier League match at their own new stadium with a victory.

When Spurs host Crystal Palace at the spectacular Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Wednesday night they will be hoping to improve upon a mixed record for teams playing in their first matches at grounds they have built or taken over.

West Ham United were the last team to inaugurate their new stadium in the Premier League. They did so with a victory, Michail Antonio's header earning a 1-0 win over AFC Bournemouth in their first match at London Stadium in August 2016.

The only other team to start life in the Premier League at a new ground on a winning note were Derby County. The Rams beat Barnsley 1-0 in August 1997 at Pride Park.

But for three other teams, a successful start has been elusive.

Arsenal could only draw 1-1 against Aston Villa in their Premier League opener at Emirates Stadium, in 2006/07.

Manchester City began life at the Etihad Stadium with the same frustrating result against Portsmouth in 2003 while Southampton lost their PL bow at St Mary's Stadium 2-0 to Chelsea in 2001.

Spurs’ next history-maker?

Coincidentally, Spurs' first Premier League goal at White Hart Lane, their previous permanent home, also came against Palace.

Mauricio Pochettino's players will hope to follow in the footsteps of Gordon Durie, whose historic strike also earned Spurs their first PL points at their old ground as they drew 2-2 on 22 August, 1992.

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