Roy Hodgson returns to Wembley Stadium for the first time since leaving his role as England manager as he takes his Crystal Palace side north to face Tottenham, who are without three key players in Hugo Lloris, Toby Alderweireld and Dele Alli. Follow the live action here.
- Tottenham vs Crystal Palace kicks off at 12:00
- Spurs lose Dele Alli before kick-off as he pulls out of England squad with hamstring injury
- Lloris and Alderweireld also absent through injuries suffered against Real Madrid
- Pailo Gazzaniga starts in goal for the first time for Spurs
- Palace led by Zaha with Hodgson short on strikers
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On a famous night at Wembley on Wednesday, Spurs magnificently beat the current Champions League holders 3-1 to secure qualification to the knockout rounds of the competition. In comparison, the visit of bottom-placed Crystal Palace may feel slightly unglamorous, but boss Mauricio Pochettino will be warning his squad against complacency. If they wish to sustain a credible title challenge, it is these kinds of games that could well define Spurs’ season.
The Argentine will also be wary that, before their triumph against Madrid, Spurs had lost two in a row against domestic rivals, losing both to Manchester United in the league and to West Ham in the EFL Cup. As a result, with the chance of moving back level with United in 2nd place - if the Red Devils lose at Chelsea on Sunday - Spurs will no doubt be fully-focussed on the task in hand this Sunday.
Although Palace have had a dismal start to the season so far – with eight losses in ten games leaving them adrift at the bottom of the table – the Eagles will be hopeful of building some positive momentum after snatching a late point in their 2-2 draw against West Ham last weekend. The grit his side demonstrated at Selhurst Park, as well as their surprise victory over Chelsea earlier this term, will give manager Roy Hodgson some cause for optimism, although the 71 year-old will have to do without Patrick van Aanholt, who limped off early against West Ham.
For Spurs, Toby Alderweireld is absent after picking up a hamstring problem against Real Madrid, but they will be boosted by the return of Moussa Dembele, who is likely to start alongside Harry Winks in midfield.
What time does it start?
Tottenham vs Crystal kicks off at 12:00
Where can I watch it?
The match will be shown live on BT Sport 1 from 11:30. Highlights will be shown on 22:30 on BBC One.
It’s a big game for…
Andros Townsend. The 26-year-old life-long Tottenham fan joined the Spurs academy when he was eight years old and didn’t leave until Pochettino let him go in January 2016. The winger would love to grab his first goal of the season against his former employers.
2. In 2017, only two teams - Liverpool and Spurs (13) - have won more points against the “Big Six” than Crystal Palace (12).
Dele Alli scored a worldie when these two sides met at Selhurst Park two seasons ago.
Player to watch…
Kieran Trippier. The wing-back has been on fine form so far this term. In addition to setting up Alli for his first goal against Real on Wednesday, he has bagged four assists in the league, making him the most creative defender in the top flight. Included in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the international break, expect a confident performance here.
Previous three meetings…
Crystal Palace 0 Tottenham 1 (Eriksen), Premier League, April 2017
Tottenham 1 (Wanyama) Crystal Palace 0, Premier League, August 2016
Tottenham 0 Crystal Palace 1 (Kelly), FA Cup, February 2016
Crystal Palace: LLWLLD
Crystal Palace: 19/2
Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Spurs vs Crystal Palace from Wembley.
Team news to follow...
Spurs vs Crystal Palace team news
Dele Alli isn't in Spurs' matchday squad today and reports say he is suffering from a hamstring injury that will keep him out of action for a couple of weeks.
That's bad news for England as well as Spurs with international friendlies against Germany and Brazil on the horizon.
Spurs vs Crystal Palace - last five meetings
- Crystal Palace 0-1 Spurs, April 2017 (Premier League)
- Spurs 1-0 Crystal Palace, August 2016 (Premier League)
- Spurs 0-1 Crystal Palace, February 2016 (FA Cup)
- Crystal Palace 1-3 Spurs, January 2016 (Premier League)
- Spurs 1-0 Crystal Palace, September 2015 (Premier League)
Pre-match quotes from Mauricio Pochettino
On his team selection: "Dele suffered a minor hamstring injury after the game against Real Madrid. Lloris is not available and neither is Vorm. Yesterday he (Vorm) suffered a minor injury to his knee."
On Danny Rose's selection: "It's a good chance for him. He's going to the national team next week. Step by step it is important for him to build his fitness."
Quotes from BT Sport
Hodgson: Wembley familiarity won't help Palace against Spurs
The Eagles boss is used to managing in big matches at Wembley from his four years in charge of the national team but he doesn't believe that will give his side any advantage today.
"It's exciting to be going back to Wembley," Hodgson said last week. "It is a fantastic football arena and you could argue it's the best in the world. It's a wonderful playing surface, the atmosphere the other night (when Spurs defeated Real) was electric.
"Unfortunately knowing how the dressing room looks and knowing how to get to the dressing room from the coach doesn't help me a great deal.
"It's what those 11 guys wearing the red and blue stripes shirts are going to be able to do when they cross the white line and the referee blows the whistle: it's as simple as that."
The players are out on the pitch at Wembley. Kick-off is just five minutes away!
1' - Referee Kevin Friend blows his whistle to get the game underway.
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