Sports Mole previews Wednesday’s Premier League clash between Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
Having been on opposite ends of 2-0 scores in their last Premier League contests, Crystal Palace i Tottenham Hotspur meet again for a London derby at Selhurst Park on Wednesday night.
Patrick Vieiras side claimed victory at Bournemouth last time out, while the lackluster Lilywhites were undone by a two-goal defeat against Unai Emeryfrom Aston Villa.
Set-piece superiority was on the menu as Palace ended 2022 as they looked to continue in 2023 against Bournemouth, with two corner routines producing the goals in a comfortable success at the Vitality Stadium.
Miquel OliseFirst delivery found Jordan Ayew to head home his first goal of the season, and a cleverly worked routine saw the former pick May God bless you to double the Eagles’ lead on 36 minutes as Palace quickly consigned their nine-man, three-goal defeat to Fulham to history.
Heading into the New Year looking to boost their top-half credentials, Palace sit 11th in the table at the time of writing and are just two points behind Brighton & Hove Albion in tenth place.
Defeat at Fulham prevented Palace from extending a run of four Premier League victories at Selhurst Park, which has proved quite literally a sticky patch for away teams in recent months, unless they are sides from the capital.
Indeed, all three of Palace’s defeats at Selhurst Park this season have come against London rivals Arsenal, Chelsea and Fulham, while they were also held to a 1-1 draw by their capital counterparts Brentford in end of August, but few Lilywhites fans will. the short journey full of confidence.
Never one to bite his tongue over the Tottenham situation, Antonio Conte openly admitted that fifth place may be the peak for the Lilywhites after producing a toothless attacking performance against Villa that deservedly left north London with all three points in the bag.
Former Arsenal boss Unai Emery, who did not lose any of his three north London derbies as Gunners manager, was in attendance. Emiliano Buendía capitalize on Hugo Lloris howl to open the score earlier John McGinn i Douglas Louis combined expertly for the latter to add number two in the 73rd minute.
Tottenham had all the motivation to get the job done after losing control in fourth place to Manchester United, but the north London club remain outside the Champions League places after playing a game more than the Red Devils , which currently have two points. clear
Now with just two wins in their last seven Premier League contests, the goals conceded column isn’t looking good for the Lilywhites either, having conceded at least two goals in each of their last seven top-flight games, plus to fit the first goal of all these meetings.
Tottenham may have cruised to a convincing 3-0 win over Palace on Boxing Day 2021, but their record at Selhurst Park leaves much to be desired as the Eagles are unbeaten in four home games against Spurs in all the tournaments and have shown their own eye. -capturing success 3-0 over a Nuno Espirito Santo-managed team last season.
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Crystal Palace centre-back James Tomkins he was one of two players sent off against Fulham – picking up two yellow cards – but will be available for selection again after completing his one-match ban.
On the other hand, left side Tyrick Mitchell he still has a couple of game bans to serve after his straight red card against the Cottagers, so Joel Ward he should continue to deputize at left back.
Sam Johnstone – once linked with Tottenham – remains on the sidelines with Nathan Ferguson i James McArthurbut Vieira does not want to make any changes to his starting XI for Wednesday’s game.
As for Tottenham, attacking injury concerns are rearing their ugly head again, as Dejan Kulusevski he missed the defeat to Villa with a muscle problem, but the club are said to be hoping the Sweden international can return for Wednesday’s game.
Kulusevski was seen arriving with the squad at the weekend and should start here if fit richarlison, Lucas Moura i Rodrigo Bentancur remain absent The deputy of the latter, Yves Bissoumahe will also lose here due to the accumulation of yellow cards.
Oliver Skipp should be thrown into the engine room of the suspended Bissouma, while Bryan GilThe place in the final third will surely be sacrificed if Kulusevski can recover quickly.
Crystal Palace possible starting lineup:
Look; Clyne, Guehi, Andersen, Ward; Olise, Doucoure, Schlupp; Yes, Zaha, Eze
Tottenham Hotspur possible starting lineup:
Lories; Romero, Dier, Davies; Doherty, Hojbjerg, Skipp, Sessegnon; Kulusevski, Kane, Son
We say: Crystal Palace 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Crisis mode could be activated if Tottenham slump to another defeat on Wednesday, but Kulusevski’s potential return in the final third would be gold dust for Conte, who could also welcome a well-rested man. Eric Dier go back to the rear
Despite posting a paltry set of results at home against the capital’s clubs, Palace are generally a force to be reckoned with on their own patch, but we trust Tottenham to end their run of conceding multiple goals and return at the base with a dot.
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