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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Crystal Palace v Spurs, 25.02.18

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Full Record of Spurs -v- Crystal Palace

Prem         Pl  W   D   L  For-Ag  Pts
Home         9   4   4   1   8 - 4   16
Away         8   5   1   2  13 - 9   16
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Total(Prem) 17   9   5   3  21 -13   32
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Football Lge
Home(Div 1)  9   5   2   2   14 -6   12
Away(Div 1)  9   5   3   1   16 -9   14
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Total(Div 1)18  10   5   3   30 -15  26
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Football Lge  
Home(Div 2)  1   0   1   0    2 -2    1
Away(Div 2)  1   1   0   0    2 -1    2
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Total(Div 2) 2   1   1   0    4 -3    3
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Total(Prem) 17   9   5   3  21 -13   32
Total(Div 1)18  10   5   3   30 -15  26
Total(Div 2) 2   1   1   0    4 -3    3
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Grand Total 37  20  11   6   55 -31  61
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Last Six Premier League results:-

C. Palace  -    WWLDDL

S'hampton  1-2    C. Palace
C. Palace  1-0    Burnley
Arsenal    4-1    C. Palace
West Ham   1-1    C. Palace
C. Palace  1-1    Newcastle
Everton    3-1    C. Palace

Spurs      -    DWDWDW
           
Spurs      1-1    West Ham
Spurs      4-0    Everton
S'hampton  1-1    Spurs
Spurs      2-0    Man Utd
Liverpool  2-2    Spurs
Spurs      1-0    Arsenal

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 5. Spurs     27 15  7  5  52-24  28   52
15. C. Palace 27  6  9 12  25-42 -17   27

Time for Spurs to reclaim a top four place!

With Chelsea playing at Old Trafford after we play Crystal Palace on Sunday lunchtime, and points bound to be dropped by one or both our top four competitors, it is time for Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs to assert themselves again and claim back a Champions League qualification place! Arsenal and Manchester City play in the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley and play the Premier League game they should have been playing next Thursday, so there will be more gain for Spurs there. Next week we entertain Huddersfield and Chelsea will have another tough assignment in Manchester - this time at The Etihad Stadium. Palace and Huddersfield are both teams from whom we need to take maximum points!

By the time we play Huddersfield "Poch" will also have Juventus on his mind, but with that FA Cup replay next Wednesday against Rochdale, the manager's team selection for Selhurst Park is unlikely to be impeded in any way.

When Roy Hodgson was appointed at Palace to replace Frank de Boer, the "Eagles" were rock bottom of the table without a point and had even been beaten (trounced even) at home by Huddersfield on Day One of this Premier League season. Roy first of all had to endure massive defeats away to both Manchester clubs but then lifted the hopes of Palace fans with a sensational result and first league points of the season with a 2-1 win over Premier League Champions Chelsea.

There were more setbacks for Hodgson's team including a 1-0 defeat at Wembley in November, but overall Palace fans were given hope with a run of 8 league games without defeat in their remaining games until Christmas. Since then they have managed just one victory in their last 8 league games, and they are still deep in the mire of the relegation battle, just one point above the third from bottom club. Three of their next four games are against Man Utd, Chelsea and Liverpool, so survival is not getting any easier.

Of course, Palace's probems are not helped by a quite crippling injury list. The list of definite absentees includes former Spurs target Wilfried Zaha (knee), who when he does play has a great influence for the Palace team. Bakary Sako has managed 6 goals for the club in all competitions when he has played, but he is out now for the season with a broken ankle. By contrast Christian Benteke (who is fit) has managed only two goals all season. Palace's top league scorer is Luka Milivojevic, who has seven league goals, five of which have been from the penalty spot.

Other key absences from the Palace side include Jeffrey Schlupp (knee), Scott Dann (knee), Jason Puncheon, Chelsea loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek (ankle) and Connor Wickham, who hasn't played since November 2016 due to a cruciate knee injury. On the plus side, Palace could have defenders Mamadou Sakho (once of Liverpool) and Martin Kelly (also once of Liverpool) available.

Palace's "Twelfth man" - their highly enthusiastic crowd will relentlessly urge their team onto success.

Spurs are now on a run of 14 games undefeated, which includes 6 draws, three of which have been in our last three away games at different levels - Liverpool, Juventus, Rochdale! In fact, we've only lost one of our last 18 games now, and that was away to Man City. We are aiming to achieve a third consecutive away league win against Palace for the first time in our history. It's not as if we have played them that many times after all! The first of those recent away wins included Dele Alli's spectacular goal in January two years ago. Last year's game was a 1-0 win thanks to another stunning goal, this time Christian Eriksen's 78th minute 30 yarder! Our last three league games against Palace have been 1-0 wins for Spurs.

I am feeling confident about this game and have gone for a convincing Spurs win - 3-0!

By one of those strange quirks sometimes thrown up by way of coincidence, match referee Kevin Friend also took charge of our home game this season against Palace. The only other match when we've had him in the middle this season was our 1-1 away draw against Southampton.

Spurs' record in recent London Derby matches

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