Crystal Palace’s search to end their barren run as of late sees them take on a third top four candidate in three weeks. Mauricio Pochettino’s spurs side travel to Selhurst Park off the back of the dramatic conclusion to Tuesday nights champions league win over PSV eindhoven.
The south London side are currently 2 points off the relegation zone in 14th place whilst Tottenham are sitting in 4th position after leapfrogging Arsenal last week. Despite losing to league leaders Manchester City last week, the Lily-Whites are one of the most inform sides the premier league has to offer with five wins in their past six games. Palace have picked up just two points in this stretch but have seen performances improve promisingly against Arsenal and Chelsea.
Regardless of the result, the Eagles looked far more impressive in comparison to recent weeks, lined up in a 4-4-2 formation with Zaha and Townsend up front looking to hit teams on the counter. The continuous struggle for the team all season has been scoring goals more than preventing them at the other end. The formation seemed to allow Zaha and Townsend more involvement and freedom to create chances. Christian Benteke is now likely to be out until the new year so currently this formation looks to be Roy Hodgson’s best option.
Palace are still without the before named Christian Benteke as well as Scott Dann, Joel Ward and Connor Wickham who all have similarly, no current date set for their return. Tottenham on the other hand have six injuries. Moussa Dembele and Vincent Janssen are sidelined indefinitely with ankle and foot injuries whilst Victor Wanyama, Eric Dier and Danny Rose are all expected to return this month. Jan Vertonghen is the only other injury concern, the Belgian is expected to return in mid December from a hamstring strain.
The past four meetings between the two sides have all seen the North London side come away with a 1-0 win with all goals coming in the second half as well. Retrospectively palace last got the better of the London counterparts in 2016, with a 1-0 away win in the Fa Cup. The first meeting between the sides was in January 1924 where Palace again won, this time 2-0.
Hennessey, Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt, Kouyate, Milivoijevic, McArthur, Meyer, Townsend, Zaha
Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Winks, Alli, Eriksen, Son, Lucas, Kane
Crystal Palace 0-2 Tottenham