Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur – Match Preview – 26th April 2017
FA Premier League, Selhurst Park, London, 8pm
Following a disappointing weekend, Tottenham Hotspur will travel to Selhurst Park to take on a recently-very dangerous Crystal Palace team on Wednesday evening. No team in the Premier League is in better form than Tottenham, winners of their last seven league games, who will be looking to keep their diminishing title hopes alive against a Crystal Palace side that has beaten Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool in the month of April to pull 7 points above Swansea in the final relegation position. Without doubt, Palace will be looking to add to their impressive month and to avenge Spurs’ 1-0 win at White Hart lane in August.
Both teams come into the match without much news on the injury-front. Tottenham left back Danny Rose has resumed first-team training but is unlikely to feature, while Harry Winks, Erik Lamela are unavailable for the rest of the season. Sporadically-used substitutes Cameron Carter-Vickers and Michel Vorm are also unavailable for Spurs. Palace will be without centre back James Tompkins who was injured during Sunday’s game against Liverpool and he may miss the rest of the season, but will welcome back defender Mamadou Sakho who missed the Liverpool game against his parent club.
Sam Allardyce will also be in the unpleasant position of trying to balance his squad for the midweek game as on Saturday, The Eagles take on Burnley and having lost four of their six games playing on four or less days’ rest, changes could be prominent as Allardyce has hinted that there could well be big changes from the squad that beat Liverpool on Sunday. This would be welcoming news to Pochettino and Tottenham.
Players to Watch
Crystal Palace have not scored a league goal against Tottenham since 2015, but Christian Benteke has 3 in his last 2 games and will certainly be looking to add to that form on Wednesday against a very stingy Tottenham back-3 that have given up the fewest goals in the Premier league this season. Benteke may also be looking to justify his manager’s comments this week regarding Allardyce’s unwillingness to swap Benteke for Spur’s striker Harry Kane. Additionally, former Spur’s winger Andros Townsend could also look to strike a blow against his former club’s title chances after netting earlier this month against Arsenal.
After being curiously dropped for the FA Cup Semifinal, Kyle Walker is expected to return to the starting eleven against Crystal Palace. Walker has performed outstandingly this season, fully deserving being named in the PFA Team of the Year this week. look for him to test the patchy Crystal Palace defence with his lightning-fast runs and accurate crosses.
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