Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Match Preview: Team News, Key Battles, Classic Encounters and More

Tom Procter

The clash between Crystal Palace and Tottenham at Selhurst Park on Wednesday could make things very interesting in the Premier League, certainly at the summit.

​Tottenham are still licking their wounds from a psychologically damaging defeat at the hands of title rivals Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday, and now they face a tricky match against Sam Allardyce's high-flying Palace.

​The Eagles are soaring and have just beaten Liverpool at Anfield, a matter of weeks after beating both Arsenal and Chelsea to take them up to 12th in the table.

​One more win for Big Sam would arguably keep them in the division for the 2017/18 season and so for that reason, Tottenham could be in for an uncomfortable evening.

​One eye will be kept on what happens in the game between Chelsea and Southampton and whatever the result of that game, it's must-win for Tottenham the following evening.

Classic Encounters

​Crystal Palace 1-3 Tottenham (January 2016)

Tottenham took all three points when the two sides met just over a year ago at Selhurst Park, and the game is most memorable for one moment of sheer brilliance from Dele Alli.

Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace - Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace - Premier League

After conceding an own-goal through Jan Vertonghen, Spurs equalised through none other than Harry Kane, who powerfully headed home from Nacer Chadli's cross.

Tottenham then took the lead in absolute style when emerging star Alli flicked the ball up on the edge of the box, back over his own head and lashed in a low drive to beat Wayne Hennessey at his near post.

Pochettino's men made sure of the points with Chadli scoring in injury-time to cap off a fairly dominant away performance.

Key Battles

Harry Kane vs Mamadou Sakho


Harry Kane has his work cut out against Mamadou Sakho. Mamadou Sakho has his work cut out against Harry Kane. It's set up to be a fantastic battle between two form players and it will be interesting to see who comes out on top in the physical affair.

Christian Benteke vs Toby Alderweireld/Jan Vertonghen


This all-Belgian affair could be where the game is won and lost. Benteke is in great form at the minute but Alderweireld and Vertonghen have been absolutely solid together this season. If the pair can communicate effectively and mark the big man out of the game, the Palace's main source of goals will be nullified.

Team News



James Tomkins is unlikely to feature after sustaining a knock to his ankle against Liverpool. Scott Dann, Connor Wickham and Pape Souare are all still sidelined.


Sunderland v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League
Sunderland v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

Pochettino will still be without Danny Rose for the trip to across London - the England defender could be back for the north London derby on Sunday but is more likely to return against West ham the following Friday. Erik Lamela, Michel Vorm and Harry Winks are all out.

Predicted Line Ups

Palace (4-2-3-1): Hennessey/Ward, Kelly, Sakho, Schlupp/Cabaye, Milivojevic/Townsend, Puncheon, Zaha/Benteke.

Spurs (4-2-3-1): Lloris/Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies/Wanyama, Dembele/Eriksen, Alli, Son/Kane.


Both sides have things to place for which could see both sides play with a sense of urgency. The fixture has reaped goals in the past and open game is in the offing at Selhurst Park. It will be interesting to see what happens at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night - if the Blues drop points to Southampton, expect Spurs to really take the game to Palace. Or completely choke as has been known to happen. One of the two.



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