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Crystal Palace v Tottenham preview

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Tottenham suffered one knockout blow to their hopes of landing a long-awaited trophy but Spurs may not pay the penalty for their Carabao Cup exploits when they head to Selhurst Park for a FA Cup fourth-round tie against Crystal Palace.

This London derby - Tottenham's third in a row - is far from ideal as Mauricio Pochettino's injury-hit team aim to recover from the agony of losing their semi-final to Chelsea in a shootout on Thursday.

However, bookmakers have built that into the prices and some layers are struggling to find a favourite.

Spurs, who won't be at full-strength with Harry Kane and Dele Alli injured and Heung-Min Son only just on his way back from Asian Cup duty with South Korea, may also rest a few given that finishing in the Premier League's top four is their main aim.

Wednesday's clash with Watford will be in Pochettino's thinking, but there are still reasons for believing Spurs should be favourites in the draw-no-bet market.

Tottenham have won 11 of their 13 Premier League away matches and have also done well on their League Cup travels, winning at West Ham and Arsenal before finding Chelsea a step too far.

At least Fernando Llorente boosted his confidence with a goal and the game saw welcome returns for Serge Aurier, Moussa Sissoko and  as Spurs showed plenty of fighting spirit to take the tie to penalties.

Pochettino's team have scored in 38 of their last 39 away matches and managed to notch without Alli, Kane and Son on the pitch against Fulham and Chelsea.

One goal may be enough to force at least a replay as Palace have scored only seven goals in 12 Selhurst Park fixtures this term.

Incredibly, that is the same tally as the Eagles have managed in their away days at the Etihad and Anfield as Roy Hodgson's dogged outfit sensationally beat Manchester City 3-2 and lost a humdinger 4-3 to Liverpool.

Wilfried Zaha excelled on Merseyside and carries an obvious threat for Palace, who have failed to win four of their last five Premier League matches, a sequence which includes a 0-0 home draw against Cardiff and 2-1 loss at the same venue to Watford.

All the pre-game focus has been on Tottenham's absentees and yet Palace also have major problems in goal where third-choice veteran Julian Speroni looked a liability at Liverpool.

Cult hero Speroni faces competition from new recruit Lucas Perri, although the Brazilian youngster signed only this week and whoever starts will face a tricky 90 minutes.

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