Tottenham will be looking to keep the momentum going following their midweek victory as they host Crystal Palace at the London Stadium on Boxing Day
Tottenham will be looking to keep the momentum going following their midweek victory as they host Crystal Palace at the London Stadium on Boxing Day.
Antonio Conte’s side shared the points against Liverpool in their last Premier League match, while going through to the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup after their victory over West Ham on Wednesday while Palace drew at home to Southampton.
The picture is looking a little rosier at Spurs recently following the postponement of three Premier League games due to snow and a covid outbreak, as they drew 2-2 at home to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side last time out.
Harry Kane got on the score sheet early on for just the second time in the league this season to give the hosts the lead, which was cancelled out after a Diogo Jota equaliser just before half time.
The game wasn’t without controversy though, with Harry Kane fortunate to not see red for his challenge on Robertson – who coincidentally netted to put the visitors in the lead and was subsequently sent off shortly after for a malicious tackle.
Hueung-Min Son scored Spurs’ equaliser to end the match even, though the home side will see it as an opportunity missed. Spurs are now seventh on 25 points, six from fourth-placed Arsenal though do have three games in hand.
Conte’s side have won three of their first four league matches under the Italian and have lost two games at home – both of which came under Nuno Santo.
The last two meetings at home against Palace have saw nine goals being scored – eight of which were scored by Tottenham which should give them confidence going into this match.
Patrick Vieira’s side had to share the points at home to Southampton last time out, winning just four games out of 17.
Despite this, his side sit in 11th position in the Premier League, a comfortable nine points from safety as they head into their game with Spurs.
Palace got off to a dream start as Wilfried Zaha put the hosts ahead after just two minutes, though the Saints went into the break ahead after a quick burst of goals from James Ward-Prowse and Armando Broja.
It was Jordan Ayew who scored a vital equaliser as Palace were unable to capitalise on the impressive 3-1 victory over Everton in their previous fixture.
A concern for Patrick Vieira will be his sides away form, having just one victory away from Selhurst Park this season and failing to score in four of their eight away games so far this season as he’ll be hoping to turn their fortunes around at the London Stadium.
Antonio Conte will be without Cristian Romero and Ryan Sessegnon until after the New Year who are both out with thigh injuries, while Bryan Gil and Dane Scarlett are out with coronavirus.
Steven Bergwijn may well retain his place after an impressive performance against West Ham midweek, though faces competition from Lucas Moura for the spot.
As for Palace, only James McArthur and Nathan Ferguson remain out though are both close to a return with the first team.
Tottenham vs Crystal Palace – kick off at 3pm (UK time) on Sunday 26th December 2021
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