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Tottenham Hotspur vs Crystal Palace – Match Preview, Team News, Predicted Line-up, Stats And Much More

Tottenham will be quite confident as they face Crystal Palace on Sunday after securing an emphatic 3-1 win against Real Madrid. Mauricio Pochettino will be eager to ensure we maintain the winning momentum to catch Manchester City in the points table. Last time in the Premier League, we lost to Manchester United which makes it all the more necessary for us to win against Palace.

However, Palace will not be easy opponents despite their struggles this campaign so far. In their last match against West Ham, they came back at the death to snatch a point and underestimating them will be a huge mistake.

Team News

Spurs will have to do without the services of Victor Wanyama and Erik Lamela while Toby Alderweireld is set to be ruled out after picking up a hamstring injury midweek. The biggest blow for us will be the fact that Hugo Lloris is set to miss out after picking up an injury against Real.

Probable Tottenham Starting XI

Manager: Mauricio Pochettino

Formation: 3-4-3

Michael Vorm (GK)

Vorm should guard the goal in the skipper’s absence. This will be a great opportunity for our deputy to get some valuable game time.

Jan Vertonghen (CB)

Vertonghen did a brilliant job against Real Madrid. Restricting the reigning European champions is no easy task and yet he stood up to the challenge. A certain starter at the back.

Jan Vertonghen

Eric Dier (CB)

In Alderweireld’s absence, Dier is likely to fill in for him at the back. We all know the true extent of Dier’s capabailities and he is defensively strong. So the player should be able to hold the fort at the back.

Davinson Sanchez (CB)

Spurs are yet to lose a game where Sanchez played and his contribution at the back has been vital, thus making it likely for Pochettino to deploy him in his usual role.

Serge Aurier (RWB)

Aurier is likely to start ahead of Trippier, and his physicality will certainly help in establishing control to keep any threats from Palace at bay.

Danny Rose (LWB)

Rose has managed to claw his way back into the team despite being sidelined with an injury, and Pochettino is likely to deploy him ahead of Ben Davies.

Mousa Dembele (CM)

Dembele made a cameo appearance against Real Madrid but he could start on Sunday while Pochettino allows Harry Winks to take some rest.

Mousa Dembele

Christian Eriksen (CM)

With Dier being moved to the backline, Eriksen is likely to take up a deeper role. He has been very effective so far this season and that should continue on Sunday as well.

 

Heung-Min Son (LW)

The player is likely to return to the line-up and this will be a good chance for him to put up a stronger and more influential performance against a seemingly weak Palace defence.

Dele Alli

Dele Alli (RW)

Our man of the hour, Dele Alli will be looking to repeat his fantastic display against Real Madrid where he notched up two brilliant goals.

Harry Kane (CF)

Kane is back from injury and he was strong against Real Madrid. To continue with his goal-scoring magic, the player will be keen to see his name on the score sheet on Sunday.

Here’s how we may line up:

Match Facts

  • Tottenham have won four consecutive Premier League games against Palace.
  • The Eagles have failed to score in any of their last four league visits to Spurs since a 1-1 draw in December 2004.
  • Crystal Palace’s only Premier League away win over Tottenham was at White Hart Lane in November 1997, courtesy of a goal by Neil Shipperley.

Courtesy: BBC

Prediction

Given the kind of form our team is in, it is only a matter of how many goals we’d win by! I’d back us to win the game by a comfortable margin.

Final Score: Tottenham 4-0 Crystal Palace

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The video begins with a view of the exterior where cranes are working on one section of the structure. The next part features an aerial view of the entire stadium. The video shows construction being done throughout the night to get the venue ready as quickly as possible.

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