Early goal or nervy performance: Three things to expect from Tottenham in clash v Crystal Palace
COMMENT By Will Butcher
Tottenham travel to Selhurst Park on Wednesday night as they look to keep the pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea.
Here, Football Insider analyses three things to expect from Mauricio Pochettino’s side as they look to secure an eighth consecutive Premier League triumph.
Nervy performance on the cards
If Spurs cannot find the back of the net early on, pressure will grow throughout the match away from home as they look to keep Chelsea on their toes. Palace’s in-form defence has masterminded victories against the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool after winning six games in their last eight league outings. Pochettino must instruct his players to go out hammer and tongs from the off in order to strike an early blow and calm his Spurs players down, rather than trying to break the deadlock when nervy towards the end of the match.
Alderweireld and Vertonghen to stop Belgium teammate
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Christian Benteke scored a brace against former side Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday, as Palace won 2-1. Those two goals will have buoyed the Belgium striker, but he comes up against Belgium teammates Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld on Wednesday night in what will prove to be a more difficult battle than facing Liverpool’s shaky back line. Tottenham’s defensive duo will look to use their knowledge from national team duty to stop Benteke, and keep Spurs’ 16th clean sheet in the league.
Dembele and Wanyama to dominate possession
Former England midfielder Allardyce is known for his preference to use a more direct style of play, and with Palace’s wingers Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend possessing plenty of pace, the counter attack will be deployed by the Eagles, That will see Spurs dominate possession, allowing Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama to thrive in the middle of the park. If they can continue their strong relationship and make the possession of the football count, then Spurs will be on their way to a 22nd league win of the season.
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