FA Cup Preview – Tottenham Hotspur

The fourth round of the FA Cup presents a London derby at Selhurst Park with Tottenham Hotspur the visitors.

Hot on the heels of a League Cup semi final, Mauricio Pochettino takes his depleted side on a short trip across London to play the Eagles in front of the live television cameras.

With several injuries to contend with, this is seen as an opportunity for the hosts to beat Spurs for the first time in five attempts since. The last victory being the same stage of the FA Cup in 2016, the sames season Palace went on to reach the final if anyone is into omens.

No matter what the line up, the tie will be tricky but boss Roy Hodgson will likely put out a close to full strength side with the goalkeeper position being the only sticking point with Julian Speroni likely to keep his place in the side.

Both sides saw off League Two opposition in the third round, Palace narrowly holding off a brave effort from the ten men of Grimsby Town while Spurs put seven past Tranmere.

TEAM NEWS (courtesy of Physio Room)

CRYSTAL PALACE – Vicente Guaita (calf), Wayne Hennessey (thigh) and Pape Souare (shoulder) are all unavailable.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR – Dele Alli (hamstring), Harry Kane (ankle), Moussa Sissoko (groin) and Victor Wanyama (knee) are all expected to miss out. Lucas Moura (knee) is a major doubt. Son Heung-Min is on international duty.

ACTION REPLAY

Once again, a solitary goal was enough to separate the two teams in the last meeting back in November at Selhurst Park. Argentine centre-back Juan Foyth was the match winner midway through the second half to secure the points for the North London club. The Who Scored man of the match – Juan Foyth (8.1)

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 10/11/2018 Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
  • 25/02/2018 Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
  • 05/11/2017 Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Crystal Palace
  • 26/04/2017 Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
  • 20/08/2016 Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Crystal Palace

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 19/01/2019 Liverpool 4-3 Crystal Palace
  • 12/01/2019 Crystal Palace 1-2 Watford
  • 05/01/2019 Crystal Palace 1-0 Grimsby Town
  • 02/01/2019 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Crystal Palace
  • 30/12/2018 Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

Last FIVE results for Spurs;

  • 24/01/2019 Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
  • 20/01/2019 Fulham 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur
  • 13/01/2019 Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Manchester United
  • 08/01/2019 Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Chelsea
  • 04/01/2019 Tranmere Rovers 0-7 Tottenham Hotspur

THE RECORD AGAINST SPURS

  • Played 47
  • Won 9
  • Drawn 13
  • Lost 25

The two clubs have met six times in the FA Cup with the Eagles winning three and one draw.

FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)

Top two rated players from each team so far this season;

  • Harry Kane 7.50
  • Son Heung-Min 7.30
  • Aaron Wan-Bissaka 7.24
  • Luka Milivojevic 7.12

ONE TO WATCH

FERNANDO LLORENTE

Former clubs – Funes, River Ebro, Atletico Bilbao, Basconia, Bilbao Athletic, Juventus, Sevilla, Swansea City

The Spanish international has lacked real opportunities since arriving at White Hart Lane from Swansea City last year. However, the striker signed knowing that he would be the back-up for England striker Harry Kane. His hat-trick against Tranmere Rovers in the last third round saw the club record its biggest ever away win but he looked very out of sorts against Fulham last weekend in the Premier League, putting into his own net in the late 2-1 win for the North London side. The FA Cup does seem to be the competition where he finds his goal-scoring touch as he also managed a hat-trick in the fifth round last season against Rochdale. With Kane and Son missing out, Spurs will be looking to him for goals at Selhurst Park.

PREDICTION

As was the case in the third round, it is difficult to truly assess a valid prediction for this cup tie without knowing the attitude each manager will have going into this fixture. However, with the injuries the visitors have experienced and their Carabao Cup semi final second leg against Chelsea in lead up, there will be little in the way of choices for Spurs. For Palace, it is a little different with an injury crisis in goal the only concern for Hodgson who is likely to see an opportunity for his side. It will be a tight affair but TEB are going for another narrow 1-0 win, but this time for the for the hosts.

BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)

  • Home – 17/10
  • Draw – 11/5
  • Away – 8/5
  • Both teams to score – 8/11

 

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