|DATE||Wednesday 26th April 2017|
|CRYSTAL PALACE SQUAD||1.
2. Joel WARD
3. Patrick van AANHOLT
4. Mathieu FLAMINI
5. James TOMKINS
6. Scott DANN
7. Yohan CABAYE
8. Loic REMY
9. Frazier CAMPBELL
10. Andros TOWNSEND
11. Wilfried ZAHA
12. Mamadou SAKHO
13. Wayne HENNESSEY
14. LEE Chung-Yong
15. Jonathan BENTEKE
16. Joe LEDLEY
17. Christian BENTEKE
18. James McARTHUR
19. Zeki FRYERS
21. Connor WICKHAM
23. Papa SOUARE
25. Sulay KAIKAI
26. Bakary SAKO
27. Damien DELANEY
28. Luka MILIVOJEVIC
30. Steve MANDANDA
31. Jeffrey SCHLUPP
34. Martin KELLY
42. Jason PUNCHEON
The second of four London derbies in our supposedly easy run-in to
the end of the season sees a trip down to Kent to play Crystal
Palace. Having taken the scalps of Chelsea, Arsenal and
Liverpool in recent weeks, the Eagles will be flying high and
looking to take Tottenham's unbeaten league run to add to their
Having thrived under Sam Allardyce, brought into salvage their season after Pardew's dismissal, the team have finally started to flourish after a stuttering start. Players such as Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke are enjoying the best spells of the season, while the boss has got the defence organised and the midfield working hard to stop the opposition and to get up and support the front men. There is a base of hard-workers, such as Puncheon, Ledley, McArthur and Cabaye, but some players have the ingredients to win a game themselves.
Being without Scott Dann and James Tomkins, the middle of the defence lacks options, but Mamadou Sakho couldn't play against his parent club on Sunday, so will be fully fit to face Spurs and Damien Delaney ahs been a regular there during this campaign. The addition of Patrick van Aanholt from Sunderland has added some attacking intent from left back to go with that of Schlupp (formerly of Leicester) at right back.
Another new addition - Luka Milivojevic has been impressive since arriving from Olympiakos - with Zaha and Benteke offering a threat up top.
There are a number of ex-Spurs connected players in the Palace squad, who will want to do well. Andros Townsend, Frazier Campbell and Zeki Fryers will all be facing their old club, so Spurs will have to match the effort they put in.
The big question is how much will Tottenham be affected by the FA Cup semi-final loss on Sunday ? Allardyce has already said he will have to rest players for this match, as he cannot play some of those that won at Anfield. Spurs will make changes, with a more familiar line-up, rather than the experimental one at Wembley. Expect Davies and Walker to return, with the three at the back restored to give the team a more potent attacking verve.
I expect Palace to be big on
confidence and with their manufactured noisy crowd behind them, they
will make it a difficult evening, but I think Tottenham can succeed
where others have failed.
|PREDICTION||Crystal Palace 1 Tottenham Hotspur 2|
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CRYSTAL PALACE TEAM NEWS :
Palace will be without Scott Dann (knee), James Tomkins (ankle), Connor Wickham (knee) and Papa Souare (broken leg) for the visit of Tottenham on Wednesday.
HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS :
Danny Rose, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Michel Vorm (all knee) miss out on the trip to Selhurst Park, while Harry Winks (ankle) and Erik Lamela (hip) are out long term.
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Wednesday 26th April 2017
Tottenham Hotspur 1 (0)
Kick off 20:00
|None||Eriksen 77m 10s|
Ward (foul on Son) 66
Milijocevic (foul on Dele) 79
Zaha (kicking ball away) 90+7
Wanyama (foul on Milijocevic) 27
Walker (foul on Zaha) 47
Kane (foul on Puncheon) 60
|Crowd : 25,596||Weather : Chilly, dry|
|Referee : Jon Moss (Leeds)||Assistant Referees : Mr. S. Bennett; Mr. A. Halliday|
|Fourth Official : Stuart Attwell|
|Spurs kicked off and played towards the Holmesdale Road end in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 8 minutes.|
|Crystal Palace :||kit||Tottenham Hotspur :||kit|
2 Joel WARD
Hugo LLORIS (c)
Moussa SISSOKO 46)
10 Harry KANE
|Manager : Sam Allardyce||Manager : Mauricio Pochettino|
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|Kit Supplier : Macron||Kit Supplier : Under Armour|
What looked like being a wretched night in South London (can you think of anything worse ?) turned in a moment of inspiration into a joyous occasion that sees Spurs keep up their chase until the end of the season.
Having come into the game off the back of the FA Cup semi-final defeat, questions were asked about how it would affect Tottenham's mentality as they returned to league action. While not as polished as previous performances, the grit in this unearthed a diamond in the shape of Christian Eriksen, whose clean strike left Palace feeling like they had been robbed of the Crown Jewels. In this case a three points that crowned a good response from Spurs and left the Eagles, still hawking around for the points to make them mathematically safe.
Pochettino put Son and Trippier back on the bench, while Walker and Ben Davies were reinstalled as wing-backs. Allardyce's much announced changes were kept to a minimum, but with a centre-half injury crisis, his options were a little limited. As he team showed, as they failed to take a fourth top six victim at Selhurst Park.
An early stamp on Dembele by
Puncheon made Palace's intent clear, as they swarmed all over him at
every opportunity. There was a nervy moment when Ward got free on
the right and put a low ball into the near post that Dier left and
the ball went invitingly across the face of goal without a Palace
player there to stick it away. Thirteen minutes in, Townsend laid a
shot on for Benteke, but his week effort failed to stretch Hugo, who
flopped down to get everything behind the ball.
Crystal Palace were named
after the local Chinese restaurant, which coincidentally, was the
very first to open in Norwood.
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|8||West Bromwich Albion||33||12||8||13||39||42||44||-3|
|14||West Ham United London||34||10||8||16||44||59||38||-15|
Position before match :
Position after match : 2nd
Position after the mid-week : 2nd
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