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The Palace Preview: Tottenham Hotspur

27 January 2019

Crystal Palace host Tottenham Hotspur today in the FA Cup fourth round and will be looking to progress past the Lilywhites to make amends for an earlier, narrow loss at Selhurst Park when the Eagles fell to a solitary Juan Foyth goal in November.

The defeat was the sixth consecutive 1-0 result between the two clubs, with a different scoreline last recorded over three years ago as Spurs ran-out 3-1 victors in south London.

Palace's most recent win over Mauricio Pochettino's men came in the FA Cup less than a month after the 3-1 home loss as the Eagles ended up winning all the way to Wembley where they would ultimately lose to Manchester United in the FA Cup Final.

The match with Spurs came at White Hart Lane when Martin Kelly netted on the stroke of half-time to lead the red and blues through to the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Starting life as a football club in 1882, in 1901 Spurs became the first and only non-league club in history to win the FA Cup since the formation of the Football League in 1888. Since then, they have won the tournament seven further times, with the last trophy coming in 1991.

More recently, though, Spurs have proved to be a relatively powerful force in the FA Cup, reaching the tournament's semi-finals in both of the last two campaigns. In the previous round, Spurs bagged seven times against League Two side Tranmere Rovers with Fernando Llorente claiming a hat-trick.

Scoring on Thursday against Chelsea, he may be one to keep an eye on this weekend, especially as Spurs talisman Harry Kane has an ankle injury ruling him out of the game. However, with Kane absent, the man in white who will likely stand out is Christian Eriksen, who has bagged four goals and two assists from his last nine matches.

Another stand-out player in this fixture is former Lilywhite Andros Townsend, who will rival Eriksen for attacking prowess in midfield. Townsend has scored a hatful of remarkable goals over recent weeks, one of which earned him the Premier League Goal of the Month award.

Notable scores from the Cup so far have been Manchester United's 3-1 away win against Arsenal, Millwall knocking Everton out with a last-minute winner, AFC Wimbledon progressing at the expense of West Ham United, who lost 4-2, and both Newport County and Shrewsbury Town holding Middlesbrough and Wolverhampton Wanderers respectively to impressive draws.

Tactical overview

Pochettino is a diverse tactician, and Spurs' formation changes pragmatically on a weekly basis. However, he tends to field talented full-backs under the instruction to roam forward up the pitch.

Against Tranmere, the north London powerhouse lined-up with full-backs Serge Aurier and Kyle Walker-Peters in midfield, with three centre-backs behind them. Against Palace, however, they are less likely to play such an offensive formation.

Your matchday stat and ref

In the Premier League, 26 of the last 27 goals scored during Spurs v Palace matches have been netted in the second half. In the FA Cup, three of the last four have been scored in the first.

Kevin Friend will referee this tie. Friend has awarded four red cards to teams facing Palace but, from 23 games, never one to an Eagles player. His assistants will be Adam Nunn and Matthew Wilkes with Roger East as fourth official.

As against Grimsby in the last round of the cup, VAR will be in effect for Sunday's clash. Overseeing it will be Lee Mason and Adrian Holmes.

Team news

Return here for team news from Hodgson and Pochettino as he delivers it in his pre-match press conference, which you can watch for free on the Palace app and Palace TV. Palace seem to have few injury concerns bar Pape Souare and shot-stoppers Wayne Hennessey and Vicente Guaita.

Spurs, however, have several players in doubt. They have confirmed that Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Ben Davies are all unavailable while Moussa Sissoko, who played on Thursday, will be assessed by medical staff. Heung Min-Son meanwhile is on international duty with the AFC Asian Cup.

Live coverage

This game will be shown live on BT Sport 2 and for those without a BT Sport subscription, full commentary can be listened to for just £1.49 via Palace Audio.

For fans in the States, ESPN + will be showing the match. For fans living abroad elsewhere, check out where you can watch the clash live here.

Alternatively, if you live abroad, why not see if there is an Official Supporters' Club meeting near you?

If you are looking to watch the match live at Selhurst Park, make sure to purchase your ticket to join what promises to be a lively atmosphere. 

And for any matchday information, please read over our guide.

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Match Reports

Report: Crystal Palace 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur

27 January 2019

An impressive display by Palace saw them move into the FA Cup fifth round by beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at Selhurst Park thanks to goals from Connor Wickham and Andros Townsend.

Wickham’s eighth-minute opener set the tone for a memorable afternoon for the Eagles as the striker netted his first goal in over two years, and that was followed by Andros Townsend converted from the penalty spot against the team he began his career at.

Spurs then missed a great chance to get back in contention when Kieran Trippier missed a spot-kick of his own just before half-time, and that allowed Roy Hodgson’s team to confidently see out the rest of the game against a toothless Tottenham and move a step closer to Wembley.

Wickham was handed his first start for 26 months but it took him just eight minutes to end over two years of frustration by returning to the scoresheet. Jeffrey Schlupp burst into the box and got around Davinson Sanchez to shoot goalwards, and after Paulo Gazzaniga parried the effort away, Wickham nudged the ball over the line from a few yards out and allow the pent-up emotion to pour out of him.

That saw a pulsating first 45 begin to bubble and Lucas Moura whizzed a shot just over the Holmesdale goal before Patrick van Aanholt saw a clean hit from 30 yards head straight to Gazzaniga, but on 34 minutes the Eagles were literally handed a golden chance to take a huge step into round five.

Wilfried Zaha whipped in a dangerous cross and under pressure from Wickham Kyle Walker-Peters knocked the ball away from the striker with his arm; an incident so blatant that VAR wasn’t required to back up Kevin Friend’s penalty decision, and with no Luka Milivojevic on the field Townsend took up the spot-kick duties and whacked the ball past Gazzagina.

Having netted against his former club, two minutes later Townsend had a huge opportunity to do so again when Van Aanholt pushed on down the left and unselfishly cut the ball back to the winger but this time the Spurs keeper was equal to the attempt to keep his team in the game, and indeed the cup.

But to progress Spurs now had to score twice and they spent the rest of the half squandering opportunities. Four minutes before the break Palace lost concentration at a set-piece and a cute free-kick routine seemed certain to allow an undetected George-Kevin Nkoudou to slide the ball home, but Julian Speroni made a superb double save, stopping the initial effort at point-blank range before scrambling back to his feet and blocking the Frenchman’s follow-up.

An incredible first half then had a final twist on 43 minutes when Spurs earned themselves a penalty when Van Aanholt clumsily challenged Juan Foyth to allow Trippier his own opportunity to convert from 12 yards, however he screwed the spot-kick well wide of the target as the hosts escaped down the tunnel with their two-goal intact.

Another excellent Speroni stop was required once play continued as he showed good reactions to tip a deflected Fernando Llorente shot away from the bottom corner, but as the second half rolled on Palace were more than content to soak up the visitors’ pressure and put plenty of men behind the ball which Spurs couldn’t find a way through Hodgson’s well-organised side.

In fact it was Palace who came the closest to scoring the game’s third goal when six minutes before the end a counter-attack ended with Gazzaniga saving a low Zaha shot, and as the Palace defence held firm Speroni broke the club’s all-time clean sheet record with his 112th shoutout, overtaking Nigel Martyn in the process to complete a perfect day for the Eagles.

Palace: Speroni, Ward, Dann, Kelly, Van Aanholt, Meyer (Milivojevic 79), Kouyaté, Schlupp, Townsend (Ayew 88), Zaha, Wickham (Benteke 70). Subs not used: Tupper, Wan-Bissaka, Sakho, Riedewald.

Tottenham: Gazzaniga, Foyth, Vertonghen (Lamela 45), Sanchez, Trippier, Dier (Wanyama 62), Skipp, Walker-Peters, Moura (Sterling 81), Nkoudou, Llorente. Subs not used: Lloris, Rose, Aurier, Winks.

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Ticket News

LAST CHANCE: Buy Your Tickets for Palace v Spurs Here Now or on the Gate!

27 January 2019

Remaining tickets for Crystal Palace's FA Cup 4th round tie against Tottenham Hotspur today at 16.00 are on general sale to season ticket holders and paid members, as well as supporters who have previously purchased either a ticket, season ticket or membership within the last two seasons.

Supporters who qualify to purchase are able to buy multiple tickets.

As with the previous tie against Grimsby Town, Selhurst Park will host a large away crowd as Spurs will be bringing 4,500 fans south from north London for the cup derby.

Palace supporters can buy tickets in a dedicated 'singing section' in Block E of the Lower Holmesdale stand from rows 18 and above, enhancing the famous SE25 atmosphere among what is expected to be a sell-out crowd.

Book your place amongst under the lights for this top-tier cup clash in all the usual ways, on our online site here, over the phone on 08712 000 071 or in person at the club's box office at Selhurst Park.

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