Match Preview: Tottenham vs. Crystal Palace

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Opposition: Crystal Palace

Venue: Selhurst Park

Kick-off: 15:00

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Spurs will look to end what has already been an exceptional week with a victory in Saturday’s London derby against Crystal Palace. With many key players rested for the midweek bout against Leicester City, there can be no excuses for a flat performance as the boys continue in their pursuit of securing Champions League football.

Pochettino will be looking to carry the momentum from Tottenham’s convincing midweek FA Cup victory over Leicester through to the match, meaning the star performer Heung-Min Son is likely to start the clash, possibly tucked in behind centre-forward Harry Kane. Nacer Chadli may also have staked a claim for a start, though displacing any other member of the midfield could be a tall order in and amongst the excellent performances of the likes of Eriksen, Lamela and Dembele.

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Ryan Mason is the only Spurs player likely to miss the clash through injury, whilst Bolasie and Delaney are joined by Dwight Gayle on the sidelines.

Alan Pardew has built impressively on the foundations laid out by predecessor Tony Pulis at Palace, implementing a flamboyant counter-attacking style with the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Bolasie leading the charge. Despite The Eagles flying high in eighth place in the table (above the likes of Liverpool and Everton), Alan Pardew has seen his side’s form go somewhat off the boil in recent weeks with heavy defeats against Manchester City and Chelsea.

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Speaking at his pre-match news conference, Pardew seemed eager to deflect the attention from his side onto the impressive form of England international Harry Kane, stating: “Spurs have the best goalscorer in the Premier League, in my opinion, in Harry Kane.

“In terms of the run they are on, they have confidence, their squad is strong and that gives them a massive advantage.

“If Kane was in our team we’d be in the top four.”

Alluding, somewhat, to his team’s inability to net a goal in 452 minutes.

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Pochettino, in turn, has looked to spur his men on (pun very much intended.) with is pre-match press conference, saying: “”It’s a very good challenge for us to try to win at Crystal Palace, it would be a very good position for us if we win the game.

“The players and the squad are very focused, to be ready, to prepare and to compete.

“We’re expecting a very tough game because it’s not an easy place. We must arrive in a very focused condition, to ensure we can fight for the three points.”

The match-up could prove to be one of the blockbuster games of the weekend and the Tottenham side will have to be at their fighting best to achieve victory at Selhurst Park.

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By Joe Thomas

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