Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace – Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Sunday 7:15pm – Preview
A mini-revival? Well, it’s something to build on. But despite recording back-to-back Premier League victories for the first time since November, coupled with Europa League progress neatly leading the way, Jose Mourinho has no intention of predicting exactly where Tottenham will finish what, at times has been a troubled campaign.
Sure, the North Londoners have a Carabao Cup final to look out for, but with a long-awaited top-flight title beyond them, pressure from fans – stuck behind a keyboard – had risen before this past fortnight.
“I don’t want to look at the table,” Mourinho explained after Thursday’s hard-fought win at Fulham.
“I want to win matches and especially for us, a team in two competitions, the next match is Premier League but then the next one is the Europa League. I don’t want to look too much to the table, I don’t want to see anything good or bad about that.
“I just want to try to win matches and that’s what we did today and of course, another one is coming fast on Sunday. We go again and we try again.”
The Lilywhites face a Crystal Palace side riddled with similar inconsistencies, but who has cobbled together a three-match unbeaten sequence of late, following a win at Brighton alongside draws with Fulham and Manchester United.
Mourinho could go with the same attack-minded line-up – The Portuguese chief naming Gareth Bale, Dele Alli, Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane in the starting line-up at Craven Cottage.
Tottenham are unbeaten in eleven league games against Palace, but will again be without Giovani Lo Celso. The visitors’ cause is helped by the return of Wilfried Zaha. However, James McCarthy, Nathaniel Clyne, James McArthur, Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins remain sidelined.
Jeevesie’s prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Crystal Palace