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Tottenham travel to Selhurst Park on Saturday, 23 January to take on Crystal Palace as Spurs look to go within two points of leaders Arsenal and establish their credentials as proper challengers for the title. Mauricio Pochettino's men come into the game having won their last two fixtures in all competitions and will be confident of getting a result against Palace, who have been struggling off late.

Where to watch

Kick-off is set for 3pm GMT. Highlights of the game will be available on BBC Match of the Day on BBC One at 10.25pm GMT.

Overview

Palace are yet to win or score a goal since December. This is something that manager Pardew will be desperate to change coming into the business end of the season. Their performance in the opening half means that they are safely clear of relegation but Pardew will be desperate for his team to come back to winning ways.

A loss here against Tottenham would make it four consecutive losses for Pardew, which would equal his worst-ever spell as the Palace manager. Defeats against Chelsea and Manchester City were followed by a 1-0 loss to bottom club Aston Villa, who registered only their second win of the season. The lack of a proper striker up front has come back to haunt the Eagles who have scored only 23 goals thus far, the fourth worst in the division.

Meanwhile, Tottenham do not have any problems up front, with the likes of Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen scoring in the last two games to help establish their position in the top four and also progress into the fourth round of the FA Cup. Pochettino's men managed to get the better of Leicester City at the King Power stadium in an FA Cup replay last weekend.

Spurs are currently unbeaten on the road for nine consecutive games in all competitions, with their only loss coming against Manchester United on the opening game of the season. They also have the best defensive record in away games, conceding only nine thus far. Pochettino's men also boast the fourth best attack in the division, making them proper challengers for the title this season.

What managers say

Alan Pardew: "I'm more confident ahead of this game then I was City, not because they're any less an opponent, but because we've had time to prepare. We've not had a midweek game, so we've been able to do some work (in training) that we hadn't been able to do since mid-December. We've worked hard this week trying to get our strikers to relax and set themselves to shoot, rather than to pass or take a touch."

Mauricio Pochettino: "I don't know why we would have maybe more opportunity to win the league if we added another striker. I think that we have enough quality already. If we started the season happy with the squad we have, why now do we have to add new players? If we find the right profile and we are sure that it would help us improve the squad, we'd sign someone, but we are very happy with the squad we have."

Betting Odds (888Sport)

  • Crystal Palace Win: 51/19
  • Draw: 12/5
  • Tottenham Win: 13/11

Team News

Crystal Palace

Possible XI: Hennessey; Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare; Ledley, Cabaye, McArthur; Puncheon, Wickham, Zaha

Tottenham Hotspur

Possible XI: Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Bentaleb, Son, Eriksen, Alli; Kane