Tottenham’s bad Alderweireld & Vertonghen news before Crystal Palace

By Benjamin Newman

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:

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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.

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.

Also see: Aguero, Salah & Kane: Big Premier League top goalscorer odds for Liverpool & Man City stars.

‘Alvaro Morata is in Romelu Lukaku’s shadow’ – Graeme Souness.

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