'Huge changes' - Allardyce reveals Palace team he will select against Tottenham
By Harry Sykes
Sam Allardyce has revealed he intends to make “huge changes” to the Crystal Palace team for their Premier League clash against Tottenham.
Palace manager Allardyce insisted on Sunday evening he will not be able to select his strongest side for Wednesday’s home match against Spurs at Selhurst Park.
The former England boss expressed his delight that his team beat Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield on Sunday afternoon to ease their relegation fears.
But Allardyce warned that it would be expecting too much for the same group of players to deliver a repeat performance against another top-four club in three days’ time.
The experienced manager made the revelation as he gave his reaction to Palace climbing to 12th in the Premier League table and seven points clear of the relegation zone.
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“I can breathe a little easier,” Allardyce said, as quoted by the BBC Sport website live match blog (Saturday, 6.47pm). “38 points has been very good in the last 10 years. We have five games to go so this one is so important.
“We have Tottenham on Wednesday and Burnley after that. It lifts the pressure on us. I am worried these lads can’t reach this level when they don’t have time to recover.
“I may have to make huge changes to make sure we compete with Tottenham.”
The prospect of Allardyce fielding a weakened team on Wednesday night will provide a boost to Spurs as they aim to keep their title bid on track.
Second-placed Tottenham are four points behind league leaders Chelsea going into the midweek fixtures.
Antonio Conte’s side host Southampton on Tuesday night at Stamford Bridge as they aim to extend their lead to seven points.
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