Crystal Palace vs Tottenham
When the team sheets came out on Sunday before the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Tottenham, there were some surprises.
Tottenham came to Selhurst park searching for three points in their bid to finish the season in the top four.
As for Crystal Palace, they are just trying to stay in the division.
With a spate of injury problems, and knee-deep in the relegation mire, Palace are set to be fighting the drop until the final weeks of the season.
Shocks in the line-up
The team sheets read as follows:
Crystal Palace: Hennessey, Wan-Bissaka, Fosu-Mensah, Tomkins, van Aanholt, Milivojevic, Riedewald, McArthur, Townsend, Sorloth, Benteke
Subs: Henry, Souare, Delaney, Rakip, Lokilo, Kirby, Lee
Tottenham: Lloris, Aurier, Sanchez, Dier, Davies, Wanyama, Dembele, Lamela, Eriksen, Dele Alli, Kane
Subs: Vorm, Foyth, Trippier, Rose, Sissoko, Lucas, Son.
Toby Alderweireld & Jan Vertonghen
Tottenham arrived in south London without their two best centre-halves.
Toby Alderweireld was again missing from the matchday squad. The Belgian has bene tipped for a Spurs exit as he also can’t agree terms on a new deal.
Moreover, Jan Vertonghen was a shock absentee from the side.
Spurs explained that both defenders were out through injury.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 25, 2018
It’s also worth noting that Victor Wanyama was picked for his first since August.
Son Heung-min also dropped to the bench as Erik Lamela earned a starting slot.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka starts for Palace
As for Crystal Palace, Roy Hodgson sprung a surprise giving a Premier League debut to 20-year-old Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
With Mamadou Sakho still unable to return to action through injury, Palace lined up a brand new backline against Spurs.
— Crystal Palace 🦅 (@CpfcNews_) February 25, 2018