Crystal Palace defender Mamadou Sakho set to return to action against Tottenham

Crystal Palace defender Mamadou Sakho set to return to action against Tottenham

Harry Kane overcame fitness concerns to play and impress against Real, and he should lead the line, with Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli, scorer of two goals on his return to the Champions League, in support.

A 3-1 win over Real Madrid in the week secured their place in the knock-out rounds of the Champions League and sent a message to the rest of the world.

Victor Wanyama and Erik Lamela remain on the treatment table, whilst Keiron Trippier was superb on Wednesday and should keep his place.

Patrick van Aanholt is a major doubt with a hamstring injury, while midfielder Lee Chung-Yong has a muscle problem.

Tottenham now sit eight points off league leaders Manchester City and are three points adrift of second placed Manchester United after their defeat last week, while Palace are four points from safety at the other end of the table.

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Palace continue to operate without their main striker Christian Benteke, with Connor Wickham also out.

There was more good news for Palace's young guns as Ruben Loftus-Cheek was handed a call-up by Gareth Southgate to the England senior team, and that exciting pairing of Zaha and Loftus-Cheek will be hoping that they can ignite a shock win over Spurs, who are sitting third in the Premier League, and will want to return to winning ways domestically, having lost 1-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford last weekend.

Palace have failed to score in any of their first five away Premier League games - only one team has ever failed to score in their first six in a season, with Derby County doing so in their first eight 2007/08. Now with just four points this season, Palace look set to have a long season ahead of them.

Roy Hodgson's men have been in woeful form of late and have just four points to their name, but Spurs are a scalp to be claimed, and the Eagles have already dug their talons into Chelsea this season.

In 2017, only Liverpool and Spurs (13) have won more Premier League points against the "big six" than Crystal Palace (12).

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