Match Preview: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Crystal Palace

By - Friday 10th January, 2014

Crystal Palace travel to White Hart Lane on Saturday, seeking vengeance for their slightly harsh 0-1 defeat on the opening day of the season

Image by Gai Jorayev, used under Creative Commons.

With Palace slipping back into the relegation zone following a frustrating 1-1 draw with Norwich City on New Year’s Day, the onus is on the Eagles to start picking up points against their lower and mid-table rivals in order to survive. Unfortunately, a resurgent Tottenham Hostpur look unlikely to fit that category, Spurs having  won three and drawn one of their last four games, including an impressive 2-1 victory away at Manchester United. Palace meanwhile are in inconsistent form, having endured a tough Christmas, despite pushing Manchester City close to a draw and securing victory away at Aston Villa.

The Palace lineup is expected to revert to something similar to those who played Norwich, despite the perhaps surprising FA Cup victory away at West Brom highlighting the talents of underused players, in particular youth prodigy Hiram Boateng. The team will likely have a familiar feel to it, with Cameron Jerome and Marouane Chamakh starting up front. The places up for grabs include the left back position – where Joel Ward, Dean Moxey and Jonathan Parr have all featured in recent games – and in midfield, where Barry Bannan and Yannick Bolasie will be vying for a left wing position. Stephen Dobbie may return to the match day squad too, having returned from a loan at Championship Blackpool.

The Eagles have a decent record at White Hart Lane

Tottenham Hostpur meanwhile are expected to maintain a similar lineup to that which defeated Manchester United in their last league game. In particular, Spurs’ new management a return to form has come at the same time as the return to the squad of Emmanuel Adebayor, and the Togoan target man has scored three goals in five Premier League appearances this season. Defenders Damien Delaney and Danny Gabbidon will have to be at their very best to stop his goal threat.

Given Spurs’ good form and Palace’s position in the table, it may be considered that any points from this game will be considered a bonus. However, the Eagles have a decent record at White Hart Lane, and in their last two Premier League matches there they have secured points: a 1-0 victory in November 1997 and a 1-1 draw in December 2004 which preceded a 3-0 home victory just under a month later. Whilst Palace will do well to gain anything, you never know – and if they do, a move out of the relegation places is likely.

Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 2 – 0 Crystal Palace.

Tom Lickley

Tom Lickley

Contributing a variety of roles to the Citizen since early 2013, Tom now focuses upon regeneration, urbanism and real estate writing. He is a strategic communications consultant specialising in the real estate sector, and counts a number of the world's largest investment and fund management companies amongst his clients.

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