Alan Pardew’s Eagles welcome Tottenham to Selhurst Park still looking for their first goal or win of 2016, as they hope to avoid a promising first half of the season petering out into mid-table mediocrity.
In all, Palace have gone five games without a win, last finding the net in the 2-1 win at Stoke on December 19. Pardew will be hoping to avoid a repeat of two seasons ago with Newcastle, where his team entered the New Year challenging for Europe, but lost 14 of their final 20 matches.
This fixture last season was Pardew’s first game in charge of the Eagles and saw Palace come from behind to claim a 2-1 win; they also beat Tottenham 3-0 at Selhurst Park on this weekend in 2005.
Only Aston Villa have lost more times at home than Palace this season; the Eagles have taken just 14 points from a possible 33 at Selhurst Park.
Tottenham’s resounding 4-1 win at home to Sunderland last weekend consolidated their place in the top four, but they have to keep the momentum going if they are to stay there; Manchester United are just two points behind them and ready to pounce if Spurs slip up.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team claimed an impressive win at Leicester in the FA Cup in midweek, with Son Heung-min pushing for a start after his fine goal in the win at the King Power Stadium.
The North London outfit will be looking to maintain their fine record on their travels – they haven’t been beaten away from White Hart Lane in the Premier League since an opening day defeat at Old Trafford.
Under-pressure goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey is set to remain between the sticks for Palace despite criticism from his manager after successive mistakes. Dwight Gayle has recovered from his hamstring injury but will not be involved, whilst Yannick Bolasie and Damien Delaney are also out.
Spurs are set to bring back Hugo Lloris, Dele Alli and Harry Kane after the trio sat out the win at Leicester, with Son a possibility to replace Erik Lamela on the right. Ryan Mason has not recovered from his knee injury and will miss the trip across the capital.
League Position: Crystal Palace – 8th (31 pts); Tottenham – 4th (39 pts)
Last Meeting: Tottenham 1-0 Crystal Palace (September 20, 2015)
Form: Crystal Palace – WDDLLL; Tottenham – WWWDLW
Key Players: Crystal Palace – Yohan Cabaye; Tottenham – Dele Alli
Shoot Says: Crystal Palace 0-2 Tottenham