Tottenham have to get a win as they travel to face in-form Crystal Palace after Chelsea extended their lead at the top yesterday. Spurs have only an outside chance of winning the title, but they must do everything they can to keep the pressure on the league leaders. They won’t have it easy at Selhurst Park as the Eagles have beaten Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool in recent weeks. The home side will be full of confidence and have nothing to lose as Mauricio Pochettino’s men come to town.
It has taken a while for Sam Allardyce to get his methods across to his players, but he is now enjoying a lot of success and has guided Palace to a safe position in mid-table. The former England manager has never been relegated and that is a record that he has maintained at Selhurst Park. It will be interesting to see what awaits the club during the summer as they will need to make significant investment to avoid flirting with relegation again next season.
After an excellent run of wins in the Premier League, Spurs fell to a defeat against title rivals Chelsea in the FA Cup. The wait for a trophy goes on for Pochettino and it will have been a bitter blow for him at the weekend, as his side dominated the game for large periods. However, they didn’t have the quality required to get the win on the day and they need to move on from it quickly, refocusing on their league campaign.
In their last eight league matches, Palace have recorded six wins and one draw, which has seen them shoot up the table to safety. Their performances have been excellent and they have fully deserved the results that they have earned. At the weekend, they managed to come from behind to beat Liverpool at Anfield, displaying a mental strength that they didn’t have under Alan Pardew.
Tottenham have currently got the longest winning run in the Premier League with seven successive victories. Across that run, they have scored 22 goals and have become the most feared attack in the league. There is an opportunity for Palace to get a positive result as Spurs lost momentum with their FA Cup loss to Chelsea.
Mamadou Sakho is likely to return to the starting eleven to play alongside Martin Kelly after an injury to James Tomkins. Christian Benteke will be full of confidence after his two goals against Liverpool and will start again on Wednesday.
Pochettino could move back to a 4-2-3-1 formation after the defensive issues that they had at the weekend, especially on the left-hand side. Ben Davies is likely to return to the team after missing out at Wembley.
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James Tomkins will be missing after picking up an ankle injury against Liverpool. Scott Dann remains on the sidelines and won’t be available to step in at centre-back.
Danny Rose, Harry Winks, Erik Lamela and Michel Vorm remain on the treatment table for the visitors. The rest of the squad will be available to Mauricio Pochettino.
Match Prediction: Crystal Palace 2-2 Tottenham
This is going to be a fascinating match as both sides have been in great form in the Premier League. Crystal Palace will be full of belief after beating three of the top seven in recent weeks, but Tottenham have won their last seven league matches and still have a chance of winning the league title. It should be an entertaining match for the neutral. Three should be goals scored, as each side have found the back of the net in their last seven matches. A draw looks to be the most likely result and that could put an end to the title race.