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Preview: Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace

5 December 2014



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ABOUT
Palace head into their third game in the space of a week as they make the short trip to north London to take on a Tottenham side who have struggled for form so far this campaign.

Since Mauricio Pochettino took over at Spurs in the summer he has seen his side win six and lose six of his first 14 league games, and has been beaten at White Hart Lane four times already, prompting some players to suggest they actually prefer playing away from home at the moment.

It looked as though Tottenham had turned the corner after successive 2-1 victories against Hull City and Everton but they were brought crashing down to earth as Chelsea beat them 3-0 on Wednesday night, a result that leaves them 10th in the table but just three points behind bitter rivals Arsenal who occupy sixth.

Spurs have also conceded the most penalties in the league so far this season (five) but haven't recorded three wins a row against Palace since 1989.


TEAM NEWS

Tottenham Hotspur: Pocchetino is sweating over the fitness of Andros Townsend and Danny Rose who could return from injury to face Palace, as well as Etienne Capoue and Emmanuel Adebayor who have knocks.

Vlad Chiriches and Kyle Naughton returned to the Spurs line-up in the Chelsea game, and Robert Soldado could be back in contention after being dropped to the bench despite scoring his first Premier League goal since March on the weekend against Everton.

Kyle Walker has been missing all season so far with a pelvic injury and will also miss this game.

Crystal Palace: Joe Ledley sat out on the defeat to Aston Villa on Tuesday with a slight groin problem, and is rated as 50/50 for the clash at White Hart Lane. 

Dwight Gayle was struggling with illness in midweek after shaking off a knock sustained in the Swansea game last weekend but should be fine to feature, however Damien Delaney is unlikely to be risked after participating in training this week after his calf strain.

Adrian Mariappa is out with a knee injury, and Kevin Doyle is being assessed back at Wolves after picking up a groin problem on international duty last month. Andrew Johnson is also out with a knock.


MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee: Lee Mason
Assistants: S Beck and E Halliday
Fourth Official: P Dowd


HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
Tottenham winsDrawsPalace wins
League15105
FA Cup212
League Cup110
Total18127


LAST MEETING AT WHITE HART LANE

11th January 2014
Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Crystal Palace
Premier League

Second half strikes from Christian Eriksen and Jermain Defoe condemned Palace to defeat at White Hart Lane in the proverbial game of two halves.

Tony Pulis' side had bossed the opening 45 minutes and could easily have led going into the break with Jason Puncheon missing an early penalty, and the failure to score cost them as Spurs showed their class in the second half as they netted twice to seal the victory.

Having been subdued during the opening half, Tottenham started the second with much more attacking intent and Eriksen opened the scoring when a long ball forward was flicked on by Emmanuel Adebayor and after pulling the ball down the winger drilled it past Julian Speroni.

And with 18 minutes to go the Toronto-bound striker put the game beyond Palace's reach as he doubled the lead in trademark style. Aaron Lennon put the ball into his feet inside the area and the poacher supreme did he he does best, shielding the ball away from Jonny Parr and firing it into the net.

Watch highlights here on Palace Player.


TICKETS
Tickets for this game in the Palace end are sold out.


TRAVEL
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BETTING
Tottenham Hotspur to win: 8/15
Draw: 16/5
Crystal Palace to win: 5/1
Odds courtesy of SkyBet. 

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LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary of all 90 minutes from White Hart Lane will be available on Palace Player. CLICK HERE to log in or sign up. 

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