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In recent weeks, Spurs have started to gain some much needed potency in attack and have been getting results in their favor barring a 2-0 away defeat at Arsenal in the FA Cup, which could, however be a catalyst to help them going forward. They have lost just one of their last nine league matches, the humiliating 0-5 loss at home to Liverpool, but have scored nine goals and allowed four while winning three and drawing one since.
Bringing in Tony Pulis seems to have been a positive move for Crystal Palace, and while they are still in the relegation zone in 18th place with 17 points, they have plenty of time to pull themselves clear. They managed a 2-0 away win over West Brom in the FA Cup in the weekend and they have scored five goals and allowed seven with goal scoring in their last six matches. In their last three games however, there have been positive signs, and against Manchester City, they nearly came away with a draw after setting themselves up as a defensively sound side.
What to expect
Crystal Palace will look to set up to frustrate Spurs and make themselves difficult to beat. However, they will need to score if they want to have any hope of getting a result as Tottenham are likely to score. Tottenham will look to continue their good league form since Tim Sherwood took over and this is likely going to be their fourth win from 5 games.
Spurs have plenty of doubts ahead of the visit of Crystal Palace. However, most of their recently injured players are now back in training and could be fit to play including Erik Lamela and Lewis Holtby, who missed the FA Cup loss at Arsenal. Roberto Soldado has been carrying a knock but it should be enough to rule him out, and Jan Vertonghen, Younnes Kaboul and Paulinho will also miss the game.
The Eagles have little in the way of injury worries after Kagisho Dikgacoi overcame a knock to play in the 2-0 FA Cup win at West Brom last week. Stiker Cameron Jerome is also fit again after coming off in the draw with Norwich while Paddy McCarthy returned to the bench in the FA Cup last week and may be nearing a first team berth.
Predicted Starting Line-Ups
Spurs have had much more success on the road than at home this season, winning only 4 of 10 at White Hart Lane so far. They will, however, have been given renewed confidence after beating Stoke 3-0 last time out and should manage another win here.
Tottenham 2-1 Crystal Palace