Crystal Palace v Spurs FA Cup Preview

Spurs will be hoping to put the disappointment of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Chelsea behind them when they face Crystal Palace in the FA Cup on Sunday. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have won the past five matches against Crystal Palace 1-0 and will be hoping to keep that run going in order to progress in another domestic cup competition.

Crystal Palace are 14th in the Premier League but just three points above the relegation zone. Roy Hodgson therefore has a selection dilemma ahead of him as many clubs in the lower half of the Premier League now seem to prioritise survival over a run in the FA Cup. The Eagles beat Grimsby 1-0 in the last round, despite the League Two side having a man sent off within five minutes, thanks to a late goal from Jordan Ayew. Spurs on the other hand comfortably beat League Two opposition, thrashing Tranmere Rovers 7-0.

Crystal Palace v Spurs FA Cup Team News

Heung-min Son is still on international duty and so is unavailable for the Crystal Palace match, however on Friday afternoon South Korea were knocked out by Qatar in the Asian Cup quarter finals after losing 1-0. The shock result means that the Spurs forward will be returning to the club sooner than anticipated.

The new injury news for Spurs is that Ben Davies picked up a groin strain against Chelsea on Thursday and therefore is a major doubt for the Crystal Palace match. Moussa Sissoko also picked up a knock midweek, although not as serious as Davies’, yet the Frenchman is still considered a doubt for Sunday.

Victor Wanyama returned to full training earlier in the week and it remains to be seen whether Pochettino believes he is fit enough to be involved in the match day squad. The club also confirmed on Friday that Dele Alli and Harry Kane have started the first stages of rehabilitation for their injuries.

For Crystal Palace, Roy Hodgson confirmed in his press conference that goalkeepers Vicente Guaita and Wayne Hennessey remain injured whereas Pape Souare will miss out with a shoulder injury.

Connor Wickham and Christian Benteke have both recently returned from long injury layoffs and there could be a debut for goalkeeper Lucas Perri, who signed on loan from Brazilian side Sao Paolo this week.

Crystal Palace v Spurs FA Cup Predicted Team

Crystal Palace v Spurs Predicted Team

It is difficult to predict the team that Mauricio Pochettino will go with as it is expected he will rotate his side.

Paulo Gazzaniga however is expected to start in goal again as he has been the first choice in cup competitions this season for Spurs. The Argentine has been impressive when called upon, particularly so in his last appearance against Chelsea where his distribution created a number of chances for Spurs.

In defence, we are predicting a full rotation with Kieran Trippier, Davinson Sanchez, Juan Foyth and Danny Rose coming into the starting eleven after all were rested or not used on Thursday. Kyle Walker-Peters could also be used after starting in the last round of the FA Cup against Tranmere.

In midfield, Oliver Skipp is likely to come into the team with Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko rested. We think Eric Dier and Christian Eriksen will also start in a midfield diamond.

After appearing from the bench last time out, Lucas Moura is in line for a start either on the wing or up front and Erik Lamela is expected to remain in the starting eleven given the limited options Spurs have.

The injuries to the side also mean that, if fit, Fernando Llorente should start. However if he is unable to play in his third match of the week then there could be a rare appearance from Georges Kevin Nkoudou.

What the Managers Said

Spurs Manager Mauricio Pochettino

“I think it’s not great the mood, first of all because it’s difficult to sleep after the games. When you win it’s difficult, when you lose it’s worse. Of course we were talking in the changing room after the game with the players. I think it’s all clear the ideas and the feelings and emotions and today of course is a bit of a sad day, difficult day, because we are all tired.”

“We arrived late at home last night and today was early the training session, 9am here. But that is normal process. But for sure we are going to be in a good position to compete on Sunday. The competition doesn’t stop. You need to be ready. Of course, one thing is to be sad, one thing is to feel disappointed, but you cannot stop to think, you need to be ready to compete in the next game.” (

Crystal Palace Manager Roy Hodgson

“I thought they came back very well and played very well. It went to the lottery of a penalty shootout, which is a tough way to lose. As far as I am concerned they are one of the best teams in the country. They will be disappointed to be out of the Carabao Cup. They will now turn their attentions to the FA Cup, which is a competition they are capable of winning.” (

Crystal Palace v Spurs FA Cup One to Watch

The key man for Crystal Palace will be Wilfried Zaha, who is being linked with a move to Spurs‘ Champions League opponents Borussia Dortmund. He showed his ability against Liverpool last week by ghosting past his marker and providing an assist to former Spurs man Andros Townsend. If Kieran Trippier comes back in at right back, he will have his hands full on Sunday with Zaha up against him on the left hand side.

Crystal Palace v Spurs FA Cup Referee

Kevin Friend will be the referee at Selhurst Park on Sunday. The experienced match official has been in charge of two Spurs games this season. The first was the loss at Wembley to Manchester City and the second was the victory away against Cardiff on New Year’s Day.

Crystal Palace v Spurs Predicted Score

Crystal Palace made nine changes in the last round and Roy Hodgson may be more interested in confirming Premier League survival rather than FA Cup progression. If that’s the case then we think Spurs will be good enough to win, especially as they will be eager to put the memories of the Chelsea game behind them.

Our prediction is Crystal Palace 1-3 Spurs.

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