Chris Sutton has remarked that Antonio Conte will have another excuse ready if Tottenham fail to beat Crystal Palace on Wednesday.
Spurs fell out of the top four following their fifth Premier League defeat of the season against Aston Villa at home on New Year’s Day.
Conte insisted after the game that he was pleased with the effort and application his players showed and pointed to the injuries that the Lilywhites have as the reason why he could not change the game (Football.London).
Tottenham will be looking to get back to winning ways when they travel to Selhurst Park tomorrow and the Spurs boss will be hoping to have Dejan Kulusevski back after the Swede missed the clash on Sunday with a muscle problem.
Sutton admitted that it is hard for him to predict the result of Wednesday’s game, given the inconsistencies of both Palace and Spurs, but the former Celtic star backed the North London club to edge out the Eagles.
The pundit told BBC Sport: “This is a game between two teams who are both so inconsistent it is hard to know exactly what to expect.
“I really don’t have a clue whether Tottenham will turn up, but if they don’t win then I do know that their manager Antonio Conte will have an excuse ready – it’s never his fault, is it?
“I don’t think Spurs have been good enough all season and I can understand why their fans have been so frustrated when they have phoned up to complain on about Conte’s style of football on BBC Radio 5 Live’s 606.
“Crystal Palace’s performances have also been very up and down and although they got a good win against Bournemouth last time out, there is no guarantee they will follow that up here and carry the same attacking threat we know they possess.
“In fact, it’s far more likely they will find a way of stuffing this up, regardless of how well Tottenham play. Prediction: 1-2.”
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Our performances away from home have been poor all season and I do not have confidence in our backline to keep a clean sheet or even concede just one goal. So, we are going to likely have to score thrice at Selhurst Park to have a decent chance of coming away with all three points.
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