If the season ended today, Tottenham Hotspur would finish fourth and only get into the Champions League play-off round – an unnecessary obstacle that proved to be the downfall of Monaco, Sporting CP, Celtic and Napoli this past year alone. Needless to say, it would behoove the Spurs to get into direct qualification to avoid the risk of an upset.
Unfortunately, the Spurs are in a four-point hole behind Manchester City and five points behind Leicester City and Arsenal. With those two clubs proving almost impossible to beat – and the Spurs owning just one win over the trio – Harry Kane and company have no room for error as they head into their match against eight-place Crystal Palace.
Here is the Tottenham Hotspur predicted XI vs Crystal Palace:
GK Hugo Lloris
Lloris is still one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League but has allowed a goal in each of his last four appearances.
DF Jan Vertonghen
A solid option, Vertonghen has started all 22 games in the Premier League.
DF Ben Davies
Davies has been a real asset in the Europa League and as started to come along as a good defender in the BPL too.
DF Toby Alderweireld
The Belgian defender has yet to miss a single minute of Premier League action.
DF Kyle Walker
Walker continues an exceptional season and has only missed eight minutes on the pitch in all of his appearances this season.
MF Eric Dier
No surprise that Dier will be in the game – he’ll most likely get a spot at defensive midfield.
MF Dele Alli
Alli is Tottenham’s second leading scorer and should be back in the lineup after starting most of the last few matches.
MF Erik Lamela
Lamela played 60 mins in Tottenham’s win over Leicester City in the FA Cup this past week.
MF Christian Eriksen
Eriksen scored twice and earned MOTM honors against Sunderland.
MF Mousa Dembele
Dembele scored a goal last week, giving him three on the season.
FW Harry Kane
After a slow start to the season, Kane finished the 2015 calendar year strong. He scored last week in a 4-1 win over Sunderland.
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