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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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