Tottenham travel to Selhurst Park without Toby Alderweireld.
Spurs will be crossing London to Selhurst Park on Sunday, likely without key defender Toby Alderweireld. The Belgian star had returned to duty following injury, but pulled out of a training session late this week.
Alderweireld has been the centre of much media speculation. Rumours of wages being the reason he is yet to sign a new deal. Some even reporting that Spurs are ready to sell him in the summer transfer window.
Should he stay or should he go?
However, in a recent press conference Spurs’ boss Mauricio Pochettino cited fitness as the only reason he will unlikely face the Eagles. Dispelling talk that his absence was contract based.
Pochettino told a press conference “We will assess him today and tomorrow. We will see if he can train, and be available for the weekend. We hope it’s not a big issue. Until tomorrow we can decide nothing.”
There is no doubt that Spurs fans are eager to see Alderweireld re-sign, as he has been no less than outstanding, settling immediately and becoming a kingpin in the Tottenham defence.
Spurs are otherwise enjoying a fully available squad. Erik Lamela,Victor Wanyama, Danny Rose, and Harry Winks all now fit and back on duty. They will be looking for no less than three points, vital, if they want to stay in touch with the top four.
Kane going for gold
Harry Kane played part in three goals, in the three previous Premier League appearances at Selhurst Park. Scoring two with one assist. Kane has scored 19 goals in his last 14 Premier League games on the road. No less three hat-tricks included along the way. Travelling fans will be looking for him to continue his record against the Eagles. Kane himself will be eyeing the golden boot, and his third acquisition of it.
Crystal Palace have lost their last five Premier League games against the North Londoners, scoring just once. Spurs gained only a narrow victory at home Wembley earlier this season. The last victory though for the Eagles was an epic FA Cup victory in 2016.
The Eagles have kept just one clean sheet in their last 27 Premier League London derbies. Roy Hodgson’s men will be looking to use the home advantage and better recent form to alter that statistic.
Hobson’s choice for Roy
While Alderweireld is Spurs’ only injury problem, beleagured Palace start the game with most first team players sidelined.
A recent groin injury picked up by Yohan Cabaye sees him join main man Wilfried Zaha, Julian Speroni, Joel Ward, Martin Kelly, Scott Dann, Jason Puncheon, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and three others sitting out Sunday’s match.
It will be a tough game for Roy Hodgson and Palace who sit in 15th spot, but with the same points Huddersfield and Swansea, with Southampton just one point behind.
1 year ago today @Dele_Alli super goal against Crystal Palace. pic.twitter.com/WRCUQkodq8
— Spurs Nostalgia (@thfcnostalgia) January 23, 2017