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Premier League: Capital derby win a must for Tottenham

Tottenham have slipped five points off fourth place in the Premier League and simply have to take all three points when they host Crystal Palace in a London derby in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Spurs slid to a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Wolves last time out, while the Eagles made a winning start under the guidance of new head coach Oliver Glasner as they defeated Burnley 3-0 at Selhurst Park.

Lilywhites boss Ange Postecoglou will want to see a big reaction from his players, with Tottenham having won their last four meetings with their capital rivals.

·         What: Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace
·         Where: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London
·         When: 02:00 (AEDT), Sunday 3rd March 2024
·         How to watch: Optus Sport
·         Odds: Tottenham 1.50, Draw 4.33, Crystal Palace 6.50

Wing-back returns would boost options

Pedro Porro and Destiny Udogie were both absent as Spurs were beaten at home by Wolves, but the pair could be back in the fold for the visit of the Eagles, which would be a big boost for Postecoglou.

The former Australia head coach also has decisions to make in midfield and attack, with Rodrigo Betancur and Timo Werner pushing for recalls after the starting XI failed to click against Wolves.

Skipper Son Heung-Min has failed to score in either of the two games he has featured in since returning from Asian Cup duty with South Korea, while Richarlison was also unable to hit the net against Brighton and Wolves.

However, the Brazilian has scored nine times in his last 10 Premier League outings, so he is unlikely to make way for Werner, while Dejan Kulusevski has been Spurs’ most impressive attacking player in recent matches.

Richarlison is 2.37 to score at anytime against Palace, while Son can be backed at 2.10 in the same market.

One thing is for sure, the Tottenham players should be well rested after having a weekend off due to Chelsea featuring in the Carabao Cup final against Liverpool.

Guehi blow threatens to down Eagles

Visitors Palace go into this London derby without key defender Marc Guehi, who could be sidelined for as much as eight weeks after being forced to undergo surgery on a knee problem.

The nine-time capped England centre-back’s absence could be counter-balanced by the return of key playmaker Eberechi Eze after a thigh injury, but Michael Olise (also thigh) and Cheick Doucoure (Achilles) are definite absentees.

Midfielder Doucoure recently signed a new long-term contract which runs until the summer of 2029, however he is still someway off a return to action, but Glasner hopes to have Joachim Andersen and Will Hughes available for selection.

Palace had taken just one point from three games before their success against Burnley, a result which moved the Eagles eight points clear of the bottom three.

Jordan Ayew netted against the Clarets to back up his strike in the 1-1 draw at Everton and the Ghanaian forward is 6.50 to score at anytime at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Spurs out to extend winning run

Tottenham have certainly had the better of their city rivals on their recent visits to both the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and White Hart Lane, having won the last eight stagings of this fixture.

They have conceded just one goal in that run, while scoring 17 times themselves, with Harry Kane netting the only goal of the game when the two sides met towards the end of last season.

Earlier this season Spurs won 2-1 at Selhurst Park, with a Joel Ward own goal and a Son strike giving the visitors the three points despite a late reply from Ayew.

The Lilywhites are 9.00 to win 2-1 again on Sunday and are 4.00 to win by a one-goal margin.

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