Tottenham vs Crystal Palace : Tottenham are aiming to avoid being eliminated from two cup competitions in four days as they face Crystal Palace in the FA Cup fourth round today.
A penalty shootout saw Chelsea reach the EFL Cup final on Thursday evening, prompting fresh concerns over Tottenham’s trophy drought, and now Spurs face another London derby to avoid a disaster run.
Spurs have won their previous five games against Palace, at by a 1-0 scoreline, but lost to the Eagles in their previous FA Cup meeting, in the fifth round three seasons ago.
Crystal Palace team news and predicted line-up
Crystal Palace could give a debut to new 21-year-old goalkeeper Lucas Perri, who has joined on loan for the remainder of the season, with Vicente Guaita and Wayne Hennessey sidelined.
Elsewhere, Pape Souare shoulder injury will keep him out until March.
Crystal Palace XI: Speroni, Ward, Kelly, Dann, Van Holt, Meyer, Kouyate, Schulupp, Townsend, Zaha, Wickham
Tottenham team news and predicted line-up
Tottenham defender Ben Davies will sit out after picking up an injury against Chelsea. Davies, who suffered a groin strain after 30 minutes, is optimistic he will not be sidelined for long. He said: “I have to see how it is in the next couple of days. I don’t think it’s too bad.”
Moussa Sissoko is unlikely to be risked after hobbling off late on having only just returned from injury, while both Danny Rose and Serge Aurier finished the game with knocks, but could not be replaced as Spurs had made all three substitutions.
Tottenham XI: Gazzaniga; Foyth, Sanchez, Vertonghen; Trippier, Skipp, Dier, Walker-Peters; Nkoudou, Lucas; Llorente
Score prediction: Crystal Palace 0-2 Tottenham
Mauricio Pochettino spoke after Thursday’s loss of his pride in his squad but another cup exit will surely test his patience despite his team suffering a 37th injury of the campaign.
Crystal Palace are in no fit shakes themselves with their first- and second-choice goalkeepers sidelined so either 39-year-old Julian Speroni will play or new signing Lucas Perri.
Either way, Spurs should have enough advance to the fifth round for the fourth season in a row.