Mauricio Pochettinos side look to march on in three competitions as they host a struggling Palace side in the FA cup on Sunday. After last week’s heroics at the Ethiad where Spurs ran out 2-1 winners thanks to goals from Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane, Spurs look to kick on in the FA cup and secure a place in the quarter finals as they are battling for domestic and European glory.
As ever though at this stage of the season, rotation of the squad is key to maintaining good form, and Pochettino believes that they have the depth to compete in three competitions as we approach the final third of the season, “We have a strong squad to try to fight for every competition, we need to use all of the squad, It is not important to talk about using the squad. It is important how we compete, we have big motivation.”
Spurs are expected to make a number of changes from the side that drew 1-1 to Fiorentina on Thursday. Lloris will miss out due to a shoulder injury so Vorm will take the reins in goal. Jan Vertonghen also misses out due to a knee injury.
However contrast this to Crystal Palace, who are now without a win in nine Premier League games with their only wins since then were in this competition against Southampton and Stoke City, this could be a competition that Alan Pardew may prioritise.
Emmanuel Adebayor is expected to start against his old club and the return of Yannick Bolasie will be a much needed boost for this Palace side although he is likely to start on the bench after returning from a hip injury in mid December.
Spurs have won just three out of their last ten FA cup matches against Premier League opposition and in FA cup matches between them; Spurs have won twice, Palace twice and one draw.
Form Guide Tottenham – WWWWWD Crystal Palace – LLLLDL
PALACE Hennessey; Ward, Dann, Delaney (c), Kelly; Zaha, Cabaye, Ledley, Mutch; Wickham, Adebayor.
subs: McCarthy, Mariappa, Jedinak, Lee, Bolasie, Campbell, Gayle.