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Crystal Palace v Tottenham – team news & stats

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

    TEAM NEWS

    Crystal Palace face an injury crisis in defence after James Tomkins suffered a serious ankle injury in the win at Liverpool that could end his season.

    Fellow centre-back Scott Dann remains sidelined after missing three weeks with a knee ligament problem.

    There are no new injury concerns for Tottenham, who have Danny Rose back in training following nearly three months out with ligament damage.

    Michel Vorm is recovering from a knee injury and could return in May.

    MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES

    Steve Wilson: “It will be fascinating to see what impact Spurs’ semi-final defeat to title rivals Chelsea will have on the remainder of their Premier League campaign.

    “To play so well and still lose at Wembley would have been a very bitter pill to swallow.

    “So a trip to Selhurst Park is the first litmus test – hardly the ideal pick-me-up.

    “Sam Allardyce speculated after winning at Anfield on Sunday that his Palace team would be top of a form table. He’s close, but over the last two months Palace’s points haul of 19 would put them second, two points short of – guess who – Spurs!

    “Nevertheless Palace’s results have been sensational and have all but ensured a fifth successive top-flight season for the first time.”

    Twitter: @Wilsonfooty

    WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY

    Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce: “We needed that (run) to get ourselves out of trouble, but we’re still not mathematically out of trouble.

    “It shows great fight and desire from the players to get ourselves out of that predicament.

    “They’ve grasped it in the end superbly well and done an outstanding job.

    “It has to be one of the best run of results in the long career I’ve had as a manager in the Premier League.”

    Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino on whether his players lack a winning mentality: “We start to compete in the last two seasons.

    “Last season we finished third, the best place in the Premier League for Tottenham, now we are second and fighting with the big sides with a completely different project.

    “The mentality is fantastic – to win always. But when you compete with Chelsea, Man United, Man City, Liverpool – come on.

    “The players deserve full credit and (you should) remove that idea because it’s not true. They are winners. Another thing is to win titles, but they are winners.”

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    MATCH FACTS

    Head-to-head

    • Crystal Palace have just three wins in 15 Premier League meetings with Tottenham (L7, D5).
    • Spurs are looking for a fourth straight victory over Crystal Palace for the first time since a five-game winning streak in 1971.

    Crystal Palace

    • Crystal Palace are aiming to win three successive London derbies for the first time in the Premier League.
    • They have lost only one of their last eight league matches (W6, D1), and are unbeaten in four at Selhurst Park.
    • Sam Allardyce has a single victory in six Premier League clashes against Mauricio Pochettino (L2, D3).
    • Jason Puncheon has had 39 shots in this campaign without scoring a goal, the highest such total in the Premier League.

    Tottenham Hotspur

    • Spurs have won their last seven league games, scoring 22 goals and keeping four clean sheets.
    • Christian Eriksen has provided 11 assists and scored four goals in his last 11 games in all competitions.
    • Tottenham have been defeated only once in 17 top-flight matches, winning 14 and drawing twice.
    • Spurs are two short of becoming the first club to concede 700 Premier League away goals. They are also one short of 900 away league defeats overall.
    • They only need one point to match their best ever Premier League total of 72 – set in 2012-13 – when they finished fifth.
    SAM’s verdict
    Most probable score: 1-1 Probability of draw: 23%
    Probability of home win: 19% Probability of away win: 58%

    SAM (Sports Analytics Machine) is a super-computer created by @ProfIanMcHale at the University of Salford that is used to predict the outcome of football matches.

    Source: BBC Football Read Original Article: Crystal Palace v Tottenham – team news & stats

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