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Will in-form Spurs beat The Eagles?

Last updated: February 17, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 3pm
Venue: White Hart Lane
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WWWWW
Away form: LDLWL
Last meeting: 3-1
Competition: The FA Cup

Spurs are putting on show a really great performance. They have won 7 consecutive games in all tournaments. Mauricio Pochettino’s players have a real chance of winning The Premier League. They haven’t done this since 1961, but now they are just 2 points behind the leaders Leicester City. In addition, Spurs had no problem in reaching the 5th round of The FA Cup and the knock-out stage of The Europa League. They are a really solid team with good players, so they are favourites for winning this game.

Moreover, Crystal Palace continue clocking up awful results. The Eagles lost 2-1 to Watford at Selhurst park last weekend. They are now lying in 13th position and if they keep losing games will most likely be involved in the relegation battle. But, Crystal Palace are a completely different team when playing in The FA Cup. Pardew’s lads eliminated Southampton and Stoke City and now will hope to surprise Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

The Eagles have won only 6 of 32 games against Spurs, so they struggle when playing against Tottenham Hotspur. In addition, they haven’t done it away from Selhurst Park since 1997, when Palace won 1-0.


Team News

Mauricio Pochettino can give some of his key players some more resting time, because Tottenham are to play against Fiorentina on Thursday.

Tottenham’s manager can be happy that none of his players are suffering from injury. Only Clinton N’Jie and Jan Vertonghen, who have recently resumed full training, are doubtful.

Jason Puncheon, Joe Ledley, Kwesi Appiah and James McArthur are injured for Crystal Palace. They will surely miss the visit to White Hart Lane.

Former Tottenham striker, Emmanuel Adebayor, has recently scored his first goal in Palace’s colours. He is expected to start again for The Eagles.


Expected line-ups:

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Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Vorm, Wimmer, Davies, Dier, Trippier, Carroll, Bentaleb, Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli, Kane
Subs Dembele, Son, Mason, Lloris, Alli, Walker, Alderweireld.
Injured:
Doubtful: N’Jie, Vertonghen.
Not available:
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Crystal Palace (4-2-3-1): Hennessey, Ward, Mariappa, Dann, Delaney, Jedinak, Cabaye, Mutch, Lee, Zaha, Adebayor.
Subs Kelly, Campbell, Kaikai, Chamakh, Wickham, Hangeland, McCarthy
Injured: Ledley, Puncheon, McArthur, Appiah.
Doubtful:
Not available: Souare.

Comparison

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Tottenham Hotspur this season Crystal Palace this season
Mauricio Pochettino Head coach Alan Pardew
The Premier League Division The Premier League
2 League Position 13
4-1 vs. Colchester (away) 4th round result 1-0 vs. Stoke (home)
Winners (8) Biggest success in The FA Cup Runners-up (1)
4th round Last campaign in The FA Cup 5th round
Chadli (3) Top scorers in The FA Cup Zaha (2)
Bentaleb, Chadli, Carroll, Lamela, Son (1) Assist leader in The FA Cup Cabaye, Puncheon (1)
  • Surprisingly, Crystal Palace have been winning at both half and full time in 5 of their last 7 FA Cup matches. The Eagles have won 4 away games.
  • Tottenham Hotspur have scored at least 2 goals in 4 of their last 5 FA Cup matches. Spurs have failed to score in only 2 of their last 20 competitive games.
  • Spurs won twice against Crystal Palace this season. The Premier League game between these two teams at White Hart Lane ended with a 1-0 victory for Tottenham.
  • Crystal Palace have won more points from their away games this season – 18 p. (5 victories and 3 draws in The Premier League).

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
23/01/16 The Premier League Crystal Palace 1-3 Tottenham J. Vertonghen (OG) 30′
20/09/15 The Premier League Tottenham 1-0 Crystal Palace Heung-Min Son 68′
10/01/15 The Premier League Crystal Palace 2-1 Tottenham H. Kane 49′
06/12/14 The Premier League Tottenham 0-0 Crystal Palace
11/01/14 The Premier League Tottenham 2-0 Crystal Palace C. Eriksen 50′