Allardyce takes thinly-veiled dig at Arsenal ahead of Tottenham clash, Spurs fans will love this
By Matt Farr
Sam Allardyce is expecting Tottenham to put up more of a fight than Arsenal when they visit Selhurst Park on Wednesday night.
Tottenham play Crystal Palace in the Premier League in the latest round of fixtures looking to reduce the gap behind league leaders Chelsea to four points.
A win for Spurs will maintain their grip on the title race ahead of the final five matches of the season, although their latest opponents will be certainly prove to be no pushovers.
Crystal Palace have been in impressive form of late, claiming the prized scalps of Chelsea and Liverpool in recent weeks, as well as a stunning 3-0 victory over Arsenal at home earlier this month.
The Gunners simply crumbled to defeat at Selhurst Park, but Allardyce does not expect their north London rivals to fall into the same trap when they meet on Wednesday night.
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He said, as quoted by the Standard: “One team a season [losing like Arsenal] is a bit of a miracle. Let’s not get too greedy.
“This Spurs side have fantastic centre-halves. Whether they play with a two or a three defensively, they are very capable of defending one on ones – with no disrespect to Arsenal.
“Their attacking flair is backed up by the defensive quality when they are out of possession. They have got to come here and beat us if they want to stay in the [title] race.”
The thinly-veiled dig at Arsenal will delight Tottenham fans, who are witnessing their side on the brink of history this season.
Tottenham are firmly on course to finish ahead of Arsenal in the Premier League for the first time in 22 years, having established a 14 point lead over their local rivals.
While Spurs sit second in the table, Arsenal languish perilously in seventh-place, seven points adrift of a top-four finish and qualification for the Champions League next season.