Tottenham v Crystal Palace preview

Tottenham host Crystal Palace on Saturday. After a thrilling weekend for both clubs from London, their two games having combined for 14 goals, Tottenham come into this match with only one win from their last six while Palace has three wins from the same number of games. 

Spurs blew a massive opportunity this weekend to sit a point above Liverpool and jump to fifth but their defeat at Anfield keeps them two points behind, with a game in hand for Liverpool. 

Crystal Palace sit in 11th, with not much to play for as they are not challenging for anything.

The ever-worsening form of Tottenham will only make it more difficult to convince their star players such as Harry Kane and Heung Min Son to stay over the summer transfer window. Kane has been a little unnoticed this season due to Erling Haaland’s incredible record-breaking year. Kane still has 25 goals in a very poor offensive team.

Crystal Palace head to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with plenty of attacking threat, coming off scoring four goals in their win over West Ham at the weekend. Their two top scorers Wilfried Zaha and Eberechi Eze both got on the scoresheet on Saturday. 

Ryan Mason will be optimistic about his side, with Spurs looking more dangerous in their attacks. Mason has shown he is not shy to go after games. He brought on Arnaut Danjuma, Lucas, and Richarlison, whereas his predecessors may have taken a more conservative and defensive approach. 

Tottenham’s season still has a lot on the line. If Spurs continue their poor run of form, they may drop out of any European football for next season. They are sixth in the table, level on points with Aston Villa, with Aston Villa in great form under Unai Emery with only one loss in their last 11 matches. The teams face each other next weekend at Villa Park.

Tottenham now sit nine points out of the top four. It would be safe to say their chances of reaching the top four are all but gone.

Crystal Palace has shown decent form with Roy Hodgson, the oldest manager to ever the Premier League. This is his second stint in charge of Palace. His predecessor Patrick Vieira was fired in March. 

The two sides have faced once already at Selhurst Park, where Tottenham dominated, winning by four goals to nil. Although Tottenham might have lost on Sunday, they can come away feeling somewhat positive as very few teams are capable of erasing a three-goal deficit at Anfield.

Ben Davies returned to the starting lineup following an injury. Captain Hugo Lloris may return to action, although his status is still unknown. Rodrigo Bentancur, Yves Bissouma, Emerson Royal, and Ryan Sessegnon are all still out.

Tottenham continue their search for a manager but if Ryan Mason wants to stay in charge, securing good form for the end of the season may go a long way in potentially making his role as Tottenham manager permanent. 

By Isaac Sanchez / Photo: istock/ColdSnowStorm

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