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Tottenham Hotspur vs Crystal Palace Match Preview

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Ahmed Ahmed - 7Dnews London

Tue, 02 Apr 2019 19:33 GMT

Tottenham Hotspur are set to play Crystal Palace in their first game at their new stadium on Wednesday April 3rd. The north London side are in a bad spell having dropped to fourth in the table after a run of four losses and one draw in their last five Premier League games.

Spurs were nine points clear, in third place, just two months ago and were even being spoken of as dark horses in the title race as they remained only five points behind leaders Liverpool. But the recent slump has seen them in danger of falling out of the Champions League places altogether.

Crystal Palace on the other hand are seven points clear of safety and will probably need just one more win to be completely sure of safety.

Tottenham will have England midfielder Harry Winks back, however Erik Lamela is out with a hamstring injury and Serge Aurier and Eric Dier are both expected to miss the game. Spanish striker, Fernando Llorente, also will be out after suffering a concussion in the defeat to Liverpool at the weekend

Crystal Palace have a full-strength side with only centre-back Mamadou Sakho absent with a knee injury.

There is a sense of excitement around Tottenham with the new stadium and Manager Mauricio Pochettino also enthusiastic about the project. According to the BBC, the 47-year-old said, "The new stadium is a reality. It's an exciting moment in the history of the club. Everyone is going to realise the magnitude of the project.” He also said that he is confident of his side making the Champions League places.

"It will be a shame not to be in the next Champions League. We are going to fight. I have no doubt we will be the Champions League next season.”

"We have seven games left, five here, and that has to give us a boost."

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