Tottenham will be looking to keep up their superb upturn in form with a win away to Crystal Palace, who manager Alan Pardew manages for the first time at home.
The 53-year-old kicked off his reign with an easy success away to Dover Athletic in the FA Cup, where his players produced a complete performance throughout the 90 minutes. New faces are needed at Selhurst Park, but Pardew is more than capable of steering Palace clear of danger.
He will be calling for more consistency from his wide players, who play a massively important role in the club’s attacking play. Yannick Bolasie, Jason Puncheon and Wilfried Zaha have lots of ability but lack consistency. If they can find that, the Eagles can prosper with the foundations laid by their solid backline.
The visitors will be aware that a raucous atmosphere will be generated by the home supporters, so manager Mauricio Pochettino will be keen for his players to start quickly and exert some early pressure using the confidence they have built due to recent results.
Some of the football Spurs played in seeing off leaders Chelsea on New Year’s Day was a joy to behold, and proves that the club are heading in very much the right direction. Pochettino continues to get the best out of Nacer Chadli, while Harry Kane has quickly become one of English football’s hottest properties.
Bolasie is away on international duty for Palace along with Adlene Guedioura and captain Mile Jedinak, but James McArthur should be back from injury.
The visitors will hope to have a full-fit squad available, with winger Erik Lamela and central midfielder Ryan Mason nursing minor injuries.
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