Crystal Palace are starting to form a goal drought in their away games and they will be looking to break that duck against Tottenham on Sunday.
Palace travel to Wembley on Sunday afternoon with no wins in all of their away games this season. They will be looking to score their first goal away all season and could it happen at one of their happy hunting grounds Wembley?
Roy Hodgson’s men have played at the new Wembley three times and won twice, losing their only game there to Manchester United in the FA Cup Final in May 2016. Their other two wins were 2-1 against Watford in the FA Cup in 2016 and 1-0 against Watford again but, in the Championship play-off final back in 2013.
The two sides have mixed fortunes with Tottenham absolutely flying at the moment and Palace struggling for form, however, recent performances could see an upturn in form for the Eagles. Crystal Palace drew to West Ham last time out with a 2-2 draw and Tottenham lost to Manchester United 1-0.
Crystal Palace are still without Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham who both have knee injuries. Patrick van Aanholt is also still out for the Eagles with a hamstring injury. Mamadou Sakho and James McArthur are returning back to full fitness and should be available to Hodgson on Sunday.
Toby Alderweireld is out with a hamstring injury after picking it up in the 3-1 victory against Real Madrid on Wednesday night. Hugo Lloris and Ben Davies should return to action on the weekend but, you could see Danny Rose included against Palace. Victor Wanyama is a long-term absence and Erik Lamela has returned to training and could also be available for Mauricio Pochettino.
Tottenham will have high spirits after their excellent performance against Real Madrid in a 3-1 win for Spurs. Harry Kane is on fire right now and Dele Alli is putting yet more excellent performances in recent games.
Palace have shown that they are in for the fight down at the bottom after an inspiring performance against the Hammers. Wilfried Zaha is in excellent form and he’s shown that he knows where the back of the net is as well as assisting his teammates. He is so crucial to Palace’s chances of staying up and they need to keep him fit for as long as possible.
However, Tottenham will have too much quality for Palace and it’s hard to see how they’re going to stop Kane on the weekend. I think Crystal Palace will break their away goalscoring duck but, I’m going to go with Tottenham to edge this one.
Tottenham 2-1 Crystal Palace