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Tottenham will take in a Premier League clash against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Wednesday night as the north London side look to close the gap towards the top four.

Antonio Conte suggested that Spurs will struggle to finish higher than fifth following their 2-0 loss to Aston Villa on New Year’s Day, but a win against Palace will take them within two points of fourth-placed Manchester United.

Palace, meanwhile, are currently trailing 10th-placed Chelsea by just three points, and Patrick Vieira’s troops returned home with all three points against Bournemouth in their last outing.

Former Arsenal boss Unai Emery – who did not lose any of his three North London derbies as Gunners manager – witnessed Emiliano Buendia capitalize on a Hugo Lloris howler to open the scoring before John McGinn and Douglas Luiz combined expertly for the latter to add number two in the 73rd minute.

Tottenham may have marched to a convincing 3-0 win over Palace on Boxing Day 2021, but their record at Selhurst Park leaves a lot to be desired, as the Eagles are unbeaten in four home matches versus Spurs in all tournaments and posted their own eye-catching 3-0 success over a Nuno Espirito Santo-led team last season.

Defeat to Fulham prevented Palace from stringing together a four-game Premier League winning run at Selhurst Park, which has proven to literally be a sticky patch for visiting teams in recent months, unless they are sides from the capital.

Indeed, Palace’s three losses at Selhurst Park this season have all come to London rivals in Arsenal, Chelsea and Fulham, and they were also held to a 1-1 draw by capital counterparts Brentford at the end of August, but few Lilywhites fans will make the short journey brimming with confidence.

Crystal Palace are again without the suspended Tyrick Mitchell, but James Tomkins is back from a ban.

Nathan Ferguson, Sam Johnstone and James McArthur are out injured.

Tottenham midfielder Yves Bissouma received his fifth booking of the season against Aston Villa so will serve a one-match ban.

Forward Dejan Kulusevski faces a fitness test on his muscle injury, but Rodrigo Bentancur, Lucas Moura and Richarlison remain out.

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira knows that his side need to be at their best tonight to deal with a tough opponent.

“Conte’s team are always ready to compete,” Vieira said at his pre-match press conference. “The team is working hard and fighting until the end.

“So many times they get back in the second-half and win games. We know what to expect and we need to perform.

“This is a team that fights and tries to be in the Champions League spots, so we will have to be at our best to get something from the game – but we will be ready to compete.”

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