By Amir Mir
Tottenham take on Crystal Palace in a crucial Premier League showdown on Wednesday evening at Selhurst Park.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side will be severely tested against their London neighbours, who have beaten the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool in recent weeks.
After last season’s meltdown, this will be a big mental test for Spurs, who go into the game on the back of an FA Cup against their title rivals.
Here, Football Insider analyses which three Palace players could demolish Spurs and once again end their title aspirations.
Christian Benteke – Play to his strengths and he will punish you. After a slow start to the season under Alan Pardew, in recent weeks Allardyce has got the best out of the Belgian striker. Benteke has scored five goals in his last five league games, including three goals at Anfield and Stamford Bridge. The 26-year-old scores big goals and he will prove to be a menace throughout the match for Spurs’ backline. If he gets going then the meltdown may well begin once again for Spurs.
Wilfred Zaha – Vastly improved performances from Zaha this season, who will be a threat on the counter-attack. There is no doubt that the away team will be looking for all three points, which will give Zaha enough space to attack his opponents out wide. Furthermore, if he can get into the danger areas then Benteke will have a field day feeding off his crosses into the box. Stop him, you stop the service into Benteke.
Yohan Cabaye – A left-field choice mainly because on his day he can produce the magic on the ball from the middle of the park. During the win against Liverpool at the weekend, he provided a brilliantly weighted pass which was slotted home by Benteke. The Frenchman has started to perform in recent weeks and the more time he is given on the ball, the more confident he will get and as a result be a threat.
In other Tottenham news, Hugo Lloris has delivered his verdict on Spurs title race chances following their FA Cup heartache.