Crystal Palace v Tottenham preview: Wayne Hennessey to continue in goal
By Patrick Surlis
Last Updated: 23/01/16 1:59pm
Alan Pardew will continue with Wayne Hennessey in goal when Crystal Palace face Tottenham on Saturday.
The Eagles boss intends to play Hennessey despite classing him as "battered and bruised" after the Palace 'keeper made costly mistakes in back-to-back games against Aston Villa and Manchester City.
Their blank against City means Palace have not scored in the Premier League since December 19, and Pardew's side are winless in the top flight since that victory over Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.
Opponents Tottenham got the better of Leicester in the FA Cup in midweek, and Mauricio Pochettino's side can consolidate their top-four spot with victory at Selhurst Park.
Hennessey is primed to feature but Dwight Gayle will not - on the instructions of club doctors. The 25-year-old has returned to full training after a hamstring injury but Pardew told reporters he will not be involved.
Yannick Bolasie (hip/thigh), Damien Delaney (knock) and Kwesi Appiah (knee) are all unavailable.
Ryan Mason will miss the game for Spurs as he continues to struggle with his niggling ankle problem. The England midfielder has not played since suffering his ankle complaint in the goalless draw against Chelsea on November 29.
Pochettino should restore a number of regulars after mixing up selection for Wednesday's 2-0 victory at Leicester.
Crystal Palace have failed to score in four of the last five Premier League meetings with Tottenham.
The Eagles have won just two of the last seven league games at Selhurst Park (W2 D2 L3), failing to score in four of the last six.
Tottenham are unbeaten in their last nine top-flight away games (W4 D5 L0). They last went 10 unbeaten away from home in the league between August-December 1995.
The last nine top-flight meetings between Spurs and Crystal Palace have seen 17 goals scored, all of them in the second half.
Spurs have allowed their opponents a league-low 69 shots on target in the Premier League this season, an average of 3.1 per game, and the Lilywhites have also attempted the most shots on target themselves (142).
136 different players have scored a Premier League goal for Tottenham (excludng own goals); more than any other side in the competition since 1992.
This is a tough game but Tottenham are playing really well. Palace have hit a bump recently, I don't like calling teams 'one-man teams' but they are a lesser side when Bolasie doesn't play. Add that to the fact that their strikers have been misfiring and this current slump is understandable.
Spurs are a good team and they'll be boosted having rested Harry Kane and Dele Alli in the FA Cup win at Leicester. I'm starting to worry myself with the amount of times I'm backing Spurs but they are a very good team all the way through - the spine of the team is top drawer.
Victory at Palace will keep their slim title hopes alive but, come the end of the season, I feel they will be kicking themselves for losing to Leicester last week.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-2 (Sky Bet odds 15/2)
Tottenham are Sky Bet's 11/10 favourites with Crystal Palace 12/5 and the draw also 12/5. The Eagles won this fixture 2-1 last season and are available at 4/1 to win by exactly one goal with Spurs 3/1 shots to win with both teams scoring.
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