Crystal Palace travel to White Hart Lane this weekend for the first time in more than nine years, to take on a Tottenham Hotspur side rejuvenated under new boss Tim Sherwood.
Spurs are unbeaten in the league since Sherwood’s appointment in mid-December, winning three and drawing one of their Premier League matches – including an impressive 2-1 victory at Old Trafford on New Year’s Day.
Sherwood’s only two defeats as manager have come in cup competition and, intriguingly, came in the only two London derbies they have played under his tenure – against West Ham United and Arsenal. Tony Pulis will be looking to inflict a third straight derby day defeat on the Lilywhites this Saturday.
And Palace will go into the game fairly confident of doing just that, after winning three of their last six games on the road, including a 2-0 FA Cup victory over West Brom last time out.
The Eagles’ only two defeats in that run came, somewhat unfortunately, against title-chasing duo Chelsea and Manchester City.
Palace also have a good record to defend at White Hart Lane - they have never lost at the ground in Premier League action, drawing three and winning one of their four top flight visits there since 1992.
Tottenham Hotspur: The hosts have plenty of injury concerns going into the weekend, with 10 first team players either ruled out or doubtful for Saturday’s game.
Roberto Soldado, who scored the winner when the two sides met at Selhurst Park on the opening day of the season, is pushing for a return to the side after a calf injury, while England winger Andros Townsend could also feature after a hamstring problem.
Defensive duo Jan Vertonghen and Younes Kaboul are both recovering well from their knocks, but aren’t expected to return until next weekend’s trip to Swansea.
Another defender, Kyle Naughton, remains sidelined with a hamstring injury, while midfielders Erik Lamela, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lewis Holtby and Paulinho are all out.
Crystal Palace: Midfielder Stuart O’Keefe could return to Premier League action this weekend after getting 20 minutes under his belt in the FA Cup win over West Brom last weekend.
Jerome Thomas remains out of action with a calf problem, while Glenn Murray (cruciate ligament) and Jack Hunt (broken ankle) are also nearing returns after their long injury lay-offs.
Adlene Guedioura is also ruled out after breaking two ribs in the 2-0 defeat to West Brom back in November, but is expected to return later this month.
Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistants: L Betts, S Long.
Fourth Official: J Adcock.
LAST MEETING AT WHITE HART LANE
Crystal Palace came away from north London with a creditable 1-1 draw the last time they travelled to Tottenham, back in December 2004.
After a cagey and goalless first half, Jermain Defoe gave the hosts the lead 10 minutes after the break – and that strike looked like it would prove the winner.
But with 10 minutes to go, leading scorer Andrew Johnson popped up with another valuable goal to earn the Eagles a point going into the New Year – although it prolonged a run of eight Premier League games without a win.
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