Tottenham 3-0 Crystal Palace LIVE! Premier League result, match stream and latest updates today

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Tottenham 3-0 Crystal Palace LIVE! Premier League result, match stream and latest updates today
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  • Crystal Palace
    Crystal Palace
  • Antonio Conte
    Antonio Conte
    Italian association football player and manager
  • Lucas Moura
    Lucas Moura
    Brazilian association football player
  • Harry Kane
    Harry Kane
    English association football player

Tottenham vs Crystal Palace LIVE!

Spurs made it a memorable Christmas as they cruised to an easy victory in front of their home fans on Boxing Day.

Crystal Palace were left to lament a wretched five-minute spell in the first half as a previously even game was lost following goals from Harry Kane and Lucas Moura and the sending off of talisman Wilfried Zaha, who was shown a second yellow card for needlessly shoving Emerson Royal.

Heung-min Son put a one-sided contest beyond any doubt late in the second half as Tottenham made it six matches unbeaten under Antonio Conte.

Palace had twice tried to have Sunday’s game postponed following a coronavirus outbreak that saw assistant Osian Roberts fill in for the absent Patrick Vieira.

However, despite those requests, which were rejected by the Premier League, the Eagles made only one change to their starting XI from the draw with Southampton on December 15.

Follow Tottenham vs Crystal Palace reaction with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog and expert analysis from Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium...

Tottenham vs Crystal Palace highlights

  • GOAL! Son turns home Tottenham’s third

  • RED CARD! Zaha sent off for shoving Emerson Royal

  • GOAL! Lucas Moura quickly doubles hosts’ lead

  • GOAL! Kane sweeps Spurs ahead

  • Tottenham team news: Three changes from West Ham win

  • Crystal Palace team news: Only one change despite Covid outbreak

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Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

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Spurs’ uplift under Conte continues and they are now unbeaten in six League games (and with a positive goal difference, at last).

A different player is stepping up with every game and today was Lucas’ turn. He was outstanding but Palace and Zaha gave Conte’s side a hand.


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Tottenham 3-0 Crystal Palace

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90 mins: Two minutes of added time signalled.

This game has long since finished as a contest, with Schlupp’s cross from the left after a rare Palace attack failing to pick out a yellow shirt in the middle.

Tanganga was on hand to deal with it anyway.

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88 mins: Sanchez finds himself in an unfamiliar position inside the Palace box and actually takes a good first touch to control Reguilon’s cross from the left, but he slices his left-footed effort wide of the post.

Watch: Son makes it three for Tottenham

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85 mins: Lucas - announced as man of the match - gets a telling off from Reguilon after acrobatically trying to connect with Bergwijn’s cross, with the Spaniard well-positioned behind.

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82 mins: Reguilon sees a shot deflected behind after good link-up between substitutes Gil and Bergwijn.

After more good defending, Mitchell is replaced by belated Palace debutant Ferguson.

Lucas then fires well over with another strong Tottenham opportunity inside the final 10 minutes.

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78 mins: The chances are still flowing for Spurs, who you fancy will add a fourth before this game is through.

Tanguy Ndombele is on for Hojbjerg. That was Conte’s final change.

Palace’s last sub will be Nathan Ferguson, who is set to make his Eagles debut after signing in July 2020 and having a torrid time through injury.

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76 mins: Son is quickly replaced after scoring, with Bryan Gil now on.

Gallagher also makes way for Schlupp.

GOAL! Tottenham 3-0 Crystal Palace | Heung-min Son 74'

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74 mins: There is the third goal from Spurs!

Son couldn’t turn home Skipp’s volleyed cut-back a few minutes ago, but this time he makes no mistake after Skipp battles hard and feeds Lucas.

Lucas’ low cross from the right is quickly dispatched beyond Butland by Son.

Game well and truly over.

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72 mins: A good little spell for Palace this, with Gallagher the architect of trying to find an unlikely route back into the contest.

The Eagles manage to keep some pressure on, but a searching, hanging cross is confidently plucked out of the air by birthday boy Lloris.

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69 mins: Palace embark upon a rare attack as a free-kick causes uncertainty in the Tottenham box and Gallagher twists and turns dangerously, with Emerson having to be careful not to concede the penalty as he gives away a corner instead.

This may be Gallagher’s last involvement with Schlupp about to enter the fray.

Tottenham with a corner to defend before Bryan Gil comes on.

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66 mins: Palace deal with a couple of dangerous crosses that Kane will have surely fancied getting on the end of, were he still on the pitch.

Palace standing firm in this second half so far, but they are offering absolutely nothing going forward, as you might expect.

Sanchez has his name taken for chopping down Ayew.

Jeffrey Schlupp is about to come on for the Eagles.

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63 mins: The very quiet Edouard makes way for Mateta as Kane is replaced by Bergwijn.

A decent shift from the England captain, who could have had a couple this afternoon.

He’ll take a well-earned rest ahead of Tottenham’s upcoming games against Southampton and Watford.

Edouard with little service or involvement today. Can Mateta take advantage of some top-flight minutes?

This is only his third league appearance of the season.

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61 mins: Palace are now preparing their first change of the afternoon.

Jean-Philippe Mateta is preparing to come on for a rare opportunity in the Premier League.

Steven Bergwijn’s introduction is almost imminent for Spurs.

Watch: Kane opens the scoring

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58 mins: Palace escape again as Son fizzes across an enticing centre intended for Kane, but it’s just too quick for the England skipper to turn home.

Watch: Zaha red card

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56 mins: Very nearly 3-0 to Spurs as Kane’s clever movement inside the box sees him connect with Son’s unconventional corner from the left and scoop a tough, hip-level effort over the crossbar.

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52 mins: An important defensive header from Ward as Tottenham again attempt to lay siege to Butland’s penalty area.

The Covid-19 outbreak means there isn’t much to work with on the bench from a Palace perspective, though Roberts is going to surely have to change something at some point.

10-man Palace haven’t had a sniff in this second half so far and they host Norwich and West Ham in quick succession in the coming days.

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48 mins: You sense this is going to be a very long second half for Palace as Spurs quickly press for that third goal, with Son’s cross floating behind for a goal kick.

You imagine Conte will make changes fast if/when they notch again.

Second half underway

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No half-time changes from either camp, with the second period now off and running.

Will Tottenham add to their lead against 10 men, or can Palace mount an unlikely comeback?

Half-time stat attack

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Per Opta Sports, Harry Kane has now moved level with Robbie Fowler for the most Premier League goals scored on Boxing Day (9).

There’s also this unwanted stat for Zaha...

Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

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This game was turned on its head by two Spurs goals and Zaha's red in the space of five minutes.

The hosts are in total control now and will be looking to build on this lead and rest players in the second half.

Skipp is shining again, while Lucas and Royal were influential in both goals.


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Tottenham 2-0 Crystal Palace

Spurs completely in control after a wretched five-minute Palace spell in which they went 2-0 down and had their best player dismissed.

Hard to see any way back for the visitors after the break, especially with no Vieira to lift their spirits.

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44 mins: Two minutes of added time signalled as Reguilon forces beleaguered Palace into more last-ditch defending, with Hughes clearing at a crucial moment.

Spurs pushing for a third goal before the interval that would firmly put this game to bed against 10 men.

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41 mins: Palace are all at sea now as Reguilon’s latest fine cross from the left-hand side is headed at Butland by fellow wing-back Emerson Royal.

Stand-in boss Osian Roberts will be desperate for that half-time whistle and a chance to regroup.

Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

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Just a few minutes ago, this game was finely poised but now it would take a remarkable comeback for Palace to salvage anything after two quick-fire Spurs goals and Zaha’s red card.

The Ivorian was foolish but clearly frustrated after Palace conceded from two excellent Spurs counters. Conte-ball in action.


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37 mins: This has quickly turned into an absolute disaster from Crystal Palace.

They trail 2-0 and fall down to 10 men, all in the space of five awful minutes.

It’s their best player Zaha who is sent off, shown a second yellow after tussling with Emerson Royal and shoving the Brazilian to the floor.

So needless.

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GOAL! Tottenham 2-0 Crystal Palace | Lucas Moura 34’

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34 mins: The provider turns goalscorer as Tottenham score two in as many minutes to completely take control of this game!

Lucas wins the ball for Spurs and Kane then feeds Royal, whose cross is headed in from close range by his fellow Brazilian, who was determined to beat a sluggish Andersen.

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GOAL! Tottenham 1-0 Crystal Palace | Harry Kane 32'

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32 mins: Spurs lead out of nothing!

Emerson Royal sets Lucas Moura away with a fine long ball and the Brazilian’s low pass into the box is expertly swept home by Kane, who has barely been involved up until now.

The England captain absolutely loves a goal on Boxing Day!

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30 mins: Palace will feel they are not getting the rub of the green from referee Moss so far here as a couple of quick-fire infringements are penalised.

Still goalless as we tick past the half-hour mark in N17.

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28 mins: Stellar stuff from young Tyrick Mitchell, who has made a strong start to this game.

His robust defending and smart anticipation leaves Emerson Royal with nowhere to go down that Spurs right flank.

Goal kick.

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26 mins: Palace will be demanding to know why that mistimed sliding challenge from Skipp in the middle of the park isn’t also worthy of a booking.

Hojbjerg also cynically brings down Zaha to stunt any Palace momentum, with the visitors then going all the way back to goalkeeper Butland as they try to maintain possession from a free-kick.


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25 mins: The first yellow card of this London derby goes to Wilfried Zaha after he clips Sanchez from behind.

Definitely a foul, but a caution seems a bit harsh from referee Jon Moss.

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24 mins: Big chance for Tottenham!

Son combines with Reguilon and the Spaniard’s cross to the front post is glanced wide of the far post by Lucas Moura, who didn’t make the proper contact.

That should have been 1-0 to Spurs.

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22 mins: Not too much to report at the moment, it must be said.

No real tempo or quality in this game as both sides struggle to break the other down, with much of the play bogged down in a crowded midfield.

Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

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A low-quality opening here, with both sides short of ideas in possession.

For all their attributes, Skipp and Hojbjerg are not the most creative midfield options available to Antonio Conte – and it’s showing so far.

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17 mins: A key defensive header there from Davinson Sanchez after Joel Ward’s impressive cross looking for Edouard.

Tottenham break at speed and Son takes on the isolated Ward in the left corner before producing a wretched delivery that goes nowhere near intended target Kane as it flies out for a goal kick.

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15 mins: Tottenham are just not clicking in the final third yet as Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg hurriedly fails to trouble Butland with a long-range try.

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13 mins: Lloris has to be alert at one end as the ball is fizzed into him, before Tottenham counter quickly.

There’s a dangerous horizontal run from Lucas Moura, whose drive is blocked.

Here come Tottenham again quickly, but the cross is overhit and Emerson Royal has to work to prevent the ball trickling out for a Palace goal kick.

It’s a throw-in to the visitors instead.

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11 mins: Better from Tottenham as they do get through that Palace high press and Tanganga’s shot is blocked by Andersen.

The ball falls kindly for Oliver Skipp, who rushes his shot somewhat and fires wide from a good central position just outside the box.

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10 mins: Palace’s own energetic high press is getting the job done so far, with Tottenham struggling to work the ball out of their own half at times.

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8 mins: Palace continue to knock the ball around nicely here, with Tanganga’s needless barge on the highly-rated Conor Gallagher giving the Chelsea loanee the chance to deliver a free-kick from wide on the right flank.

His outswinging ball finds James Tomkins, who can’t guide his header on target.

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5 mins: Another bright attack from Palace, who sustain their pressure after an overhit cross from the right.

Ayew’s hopeful strike is deflected behind by Tanganga, with Tottenham quick to clear the subsequent corner.

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3 mins: Tottenham press high and win possession in a decent area, with Son then charging forward before seeing a low effort from the edge of the penalty area pushed wide by Jack Butland, who is starting once again in place of the absent Vicente Guaita.

Palace survive the resulting corner.

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2 mins: A positive start from Palace and an early sight of goal as Will Hughes’ inviting cross from the left is chested into the path of Jordan Ayew by Odsonne Edouard, but the Ghana forward fires well wide.


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We are underway in this Boxing Day London derby at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Can Spurs continue their impressive momentum under Antonio Conte?

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Here come the teams at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Hugo Lloris leads out Spurs on his 35th birthday.

Palace are in yellow this afternoon.

Spurs warmed up in their away kit today in support of a homeless charity, but the Premier League rejected a request from clubs to wear their change strips at home.

Final preparations in N17

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Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

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Standard Sport’s chief football correspondent Dan Kilpatrick provides his pre-match thoughts from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium...

Only one Palace change despite outbreak

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Christian Benteke, Vicente Guaita, Michael Olise, Luka Milivojevic, Nathaniel Clyne and Eberechi Eze are among the absentees for Palace today.

But despite the Covid outbreak and trying to have the game postponed they make only one change from their draw with Southampton on December 15. It comes in defence, where Marc Guehi makes way for Joachim Andersen.

The Eagles have only been able to name seven subs, with Nathan Ferguson finally part of the match day squad after a terrible period of injuries.

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Three Tottenham changes

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So that’s three changes for Tottenham from the side that toppled West Ham in midweek, with Ben Davies, Matt Doherty and Steven Bergwijn all dropping to the bench as Japhet Tanganga, Emerson Royal and Heung-min Son come in.

Bryan Gil is back on the bench in a nice boost for Conte, but there’s no Giovani Lo Celso.

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Crystal Palace lineup

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Butland, Ward, Andersen, Tomkins, Mitchell, Gallagher, Kouyate, Hughes, Ayew, Edouard, Zaha

Subs: Guehi, Mateta, Schlupp, Matthews, Kelly, Ferguson, Riedewald

Tottenham lineup

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Lloris, Sanchez, Dier, Tanganga, Emerson, Hojbjerg, Skipp, Reguilon, Lucas Moura, Son, Kane

Subs: Doherty, Winks, Gil Salvatierra, Rodon, Alli, Gollini, Bergwijn, Ndombele, Davies

Lineups on the way

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Just 10 minutes to go now until we get official team news from N17.

Stay tuned!

The calm before the storm

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Conte on Hugo Lloris future

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Conte was also quizzed about the future of captain Hugo Lloris, who is out of contract in north London at the end of the season.

“Hugo is our captain, he is a player that played for Tottenham for many years and we are all happy to have him in our team, in the squad and in the dressing room,” the manager said.

“For sure he is a point of reference for the other players and Hugo knows very well what I think about him and what the club thinks about him.

“Now we’ll see but I think Hugo won’t be ever a problem for Tottenham.”

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Conte addresses Tottenham transfer plans

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With the January window looming, Conte also inevitably faced questions over his transfer plans ahead of today’s London derby.

The Italian - with the help of sporting director Fabio Paratici - is widely expected to begin his rebuild with additions next month, but he insists he hasn’t thought too much about the market yet.

“Now my focus is to work with the players and to improve the situation. Then for sure we will have a meeting with the club, the sporting director and general director to try to understand if there is the possibility to improve the situation, but now it is good to be focused on the pitch,” he said.

“We have an important game against Crystal Palace. Don’t forget Crystal Palace beat us 3-0 (in September) and we have to try to prepare for the game very well because we want to get three points.

“Our focus has to be now on the pitch to overcome this period that is very busy.”

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Conte also insisted he would have no issues continuing to work with the same group of players beyond January.

“No, we didn’t discuss until now and didn’t have time to do this for the problem with Covid but for sure we will have a meeting,” he added.

“I am a person I try to exploit the situation I find and at this moment the only way to improve Tottenham’s situation is to work very hard with this squad and improve my players.

“After if we have the possibility to have a meeting and speak, and if there is the possibility for the club to try to improve the team, we do our best but otherwise I will continue to work with the squad to improve my players and try to improve the level of Tottenham.”

Conte: Premier League meeting was a waste of time

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Antonio Conte was among the managers left frustrated by a meeting with the Premier League over the current Covid chaos that has decimated the fixture calendar.

Bosses and captains from all 20 top-flight clubs held separate Zoom calls on Thursday amid frustration over the decision from club executives taken in a separate meeting earlier in the week to press ahead with the busy festive schedule despite the impact of record coronavirus cases.

“If I have to be honest, it was a meeting where we tried to speak and some coaches tried to speak, to ask about solutions but I think everything was decided,” said Conte. “It was a wall. For this reason, I prefer not go into the discussion.”

He added: “I didn’t want to suggest anything myself because I think I would waste time and waste words. I understood that nothing can happen. I prefer to use the time to work and to improve my players.”


Tottenham vs Crystal Palace prediction

12:52 , George Flood

Spurs seem to be finding some real form under Conte now, while Palace are not quite producing their best performances as often as they were at the start of the season.

The Tottenham defence is not yet as tight as their manager would like, but the likes of Kane and Son will cause the visitors plenty of problems.

Covid-hit Palace have not kept a clean sheet since the start of November, and that run looks unlikely to end here.

Tottenham to win, 3-1.

Tottenham team news

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Tottenham have no fresh injury or Covid worries to contend with this afternoon, with only Cristian Romero and Ryan Sessegnon (both hamstring) still out.

The big question for Antonio Conte is whether to revert back to a three-man midfield or stick with the 3-4-3 system that worked against West Ham in the Carabao Cup in midweek.

Dele Alli, Harry Winks, Steven Bergwijn, Lucas Moura and Matt Doherty all impressed in midweek, giving Conte food for thought.

The likes of Heung-min Son and Harry Kane should be back as expected, while Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg also returned on Wednesday.

Japhet Tanganga and perhaps Joe Rodon could be in contention for one of Tottenham’s next two games to offer a rest to Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez.

Tottenham predicted XI (3-4-1-2): Lloris; Sanchez, Dier, Davies; Royal, Skipp, Winks, Reguilon; Dele; Son, Kane

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Palace confirm Vieira absence

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Confirmation from Palace that Vieira will be absent from the touchline today after his own positive Covid test, with assistant Osian Roberts leading the team instead...

Crystal Palace team news

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It remains to be seen who exactly will be available for Palace today after their Covid outbreak.

On the injury front, James McArthur is still sidelined with a thigh problem and Nathan Ferguson remains a long-term absentee.

This is how Patrick Vieira described the situation on Friday: “We hope we’re going to be okay [to face Spurs] but when you’re looking at the number of cases around we start to be worried.

“We had a couple of cases in our football club in the last couple of days. We try our best to prevent the situation but it is worrying because the evolution for the next couple of days we don’t know how it will go.

“I’m not worried about the players’ welfare regarding the [frequency of] games during this period because it’s been like that for years and years. I’m worried about their welfare regarding COVID. Players coming back from the COVID situation and asking them to play with not enough training is a lot on them.”

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How to watch Tottenham vs Crystal Palace

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TV channel: Today’s game will be broadcast live on BT Sport 1, with coverage starting at 2:30pm GMT.

Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the game through the website or BT Sport App.

Welcome to Tottenham vs Crystal Palace LIVE coverage

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Good afternoon, merry Christmas and a very warm welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of this Boxing Day London derby.

Today’s game - a 3pm GMT kick-off - is officially going ahead after the Premier League rejected a late postponement request from Crystal Palace, who have been hit by a Covid-19 outbreak in recent days.

Eagles boss Patrick Vieira is among those to have tested positive and will be absent from the touchline this afternoon, with assistant Osian Roberts filling in.

Tottenham remain unbeaten in the Premier League under Antonio Conte after a thrilling draw with Liverpool and will hope to continue their promising momentum after dumping rivals West Ham out of the Carabao Cup quarter-finals in midweek.

Standard Sport’s chief football correspondent Dan Kilpatrick is at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this afternoon, so stay tuned for live updates, latest team news, all the match build-up and expert analysis.

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