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Arsenal vs Crystal Palace - as it happened: Olivier Giroud shines as Gunners take all three points

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George Cooper
Sunday 01 January 2017 13:26
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Arsenal take on the Eagles
Arsenal take on the Eagles

Arsenal welcome Crystal Palace to the Emirates Stadium in New Year’s Day’s second London derby knowing that victory will leapfrog them above Manchester City into third.

The Gunners ended their run of back-to-back defeats to Everton and Manchester City last time out by beating West Brom 1-0 on Boxing Day.

Palace are on a terrible run of form with the draw against Watford last time out their first point in six games, having lost all five of their previous six.

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New Year’s Eve Premier League results:

Burnley 4-1 Sunderland

Chelsea 4-2 Stoke

Leicester City 1-0 West Ham

Manchester United 2-1 Middlesbrough

Southampton 1-2 West Brom

Swansea 0-3 Bournemouth

Liverpool 1-0 Manchester City

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Good afternoon and welcome to our live coverage of this afternoon's Premier League football. Arsenal and Spurs are both in action, with both looking to close the gap on league leaders Chelsea. The Gunners are at home to Crystal Palace later, but first it's Watford against Spurs - team news to come in a few moments.

Samuel Lovett1 January 2017 12:33
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Watford vs Tottenham

The teams are in

Samuel Lovett1 January 2017 12:37
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Tottenham travel to Vicarage Road on the back of a 4-1 win over Southampton on Wednesday, and they know victory here will take above Arsenal - at least for a few hours - into third place.

Watford, meanwhile, are looking for their first win in four games. It's been an inconsistent season so far for Walter Mazzarri's men. They haven't beaten Watford in the league since May 1987.

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A quick reminder of the teams. For Watford, Craig Cathcart makes the starting line-up for the first time since September and Abdoulaye Doucoure makes his first Premier League start of the season.

Watford: Gomes; Kaboul, Prödl, Cathcart; Zuniga, Capoue, Guedioura, Holebas; Amrabat, Doucouré; Deeney. Subs: Pantilimon, Sinclair, Ighalo, Kabasele, Mason, Stewart, Rowan.

Samuel Lovett1 January 2017 12:57
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Pochettino has made four changes for Spurs, with Toby Alderweireld and Son Heung-Min coming into the side, as well as Kieran Trippier and Kevin Wimmer.

Tottenham: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Rose, Dier, Wanyama, Eriksen, Alli, Son, Kane. Subs: Vorm, Carter-Vickers, Davies, Dembele, Winks, Sissoko, Janssen.

Samuel Lovett1 January 2017 13:00
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'This is a difficult place'

Pochettino certainly playing up the importance of this game for Spurs.

"To go third is a big motivation. We know this is a very difficult place but we come from Southampton after a very good performance and now we want a repeat."

Samuel Lovett1 January 2017 13:05
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'If I score, perfect'

Watford's Etienne Capoue on facing his former club:

"They like to have the ball all game so it is difficult for us. They are always near the top. It is like two leagues in one league. We have to be very compact. I am focused on what I have to do. If I score, perfect, I will enjoy it. 2016 was a good year for us. We are doing well this season."

Samuel Lovett1 January 2017 13:15
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Spurs won 2-1 at Vicarage Road almost exactly a year ago. Son scored the winner that day - will history repeat itself today? 

Samuel Lovett1 January 2017 13:22
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The 100 club

Harry Kane will make his 100th Premier League appearance today. He's already scored 57 goals and has 10 so far this season.

Samuel Lovett1 January 2017 13:25

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