Mark Lawrenson on whether Spurs will lose to Crystal Palace on Sunday

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Dom Le Roy

Mark Lawrenson has given his score prediction ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s match against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Spurs face their third London derby in the space of a week, but this time attentions turn to another cup competition when both sides will be looking to book their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Mauricio Pochettino’s players will be licking their wounds after exiting the Carabao Cup semi final on penalties to Chelsea last night.

Due to his mounting injuries, the manager will once again have to shuffle his team selection. 

Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Ben Davies miss out through injury, while Moussa Sissoko is considered a doubt after injuring his knee in a clash with Serge Aurier against Chelsea.

Heung-min Son is on his way back to London after South Korea’s Asian Cup hopes ended, but he will not return in time to face Palace.

Lawrenson believes that Spurs will exit another cup competition come Sunday evening.

He told BBC Sport: “This is a very big game for Tottenham’s season after Chelsea knocked them out of the Carabao Cup on Thursday.

“As daft as it sounds, though, with the way things are going with their injury list, going out of the FA Cup might be a blessing in disguise for Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino because he is running out of players, particularly in attack.

“This will be a tough ask for whatever team Pochettino puts out – I was at Anfield last week, and Crystal Palace were very good against Liverpool, so they are definitely capable of winning on Sunday.

“It is just down to whether Palace boss Roy Hodgson takes the FA Cup seriously, and I think he probably will give it a go.”

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  1. Same choice by Pochettino for the Chelsea semi final as the FA Cup semi final last season against Manchester United(Vorm), and same result. he left out Lloris. In each of the aforementioned games Lloris would have save at least one of the goals. if you don’t play your strongest players in the semi-final then you really don’t want to be in the final. Nice guys finish last!

  2. Have to disagree.
    Gazza was fabulous against Arse-N-al, and there have been time this season that the faithful have called for him to start over Hugo in the Prem. Harsh to lay last night’s exit at his door.
    No Kane, Alli, Sonny or Moura – Dier, Sissoko and Vertonghen recently back from injury and Llorente rustier than a 1960’s Beetle. Played at the home of one of our biggest rivals, and lost on penalties. Not happy to go out, but neither do I feel the need to blame Gazza, Levy, Poch or anyone else for that matter.
    Hopefully City will be at their best in the final and will take the Pot back to Manchester.


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