The Premier League’s bottom side Crystal Palacefacea trip to high-flyers TottenhamHotspur onSunday knowingthey have to pick uppoints inorder to reduce the gapat the tailend ofthe table.

Manager RoyHodgsonwill head into the Londonderbywithoutthe services of Eagles defenderPatrick vanAanholt andwinger Lee Chung-yong,asboth are struggling with hamstringproblems.

However,there is better news for Palace in the form ofMamadouSakho and James McArthur, according to BBC Football.

The duo had been missing from first-team action because of calf and ankle injuries respectively but have now returned to trainingand are thought to be available for selection.

Palace strikerChristian Bentekecontinues to struggle with a knee injury so will not featurebutit is thought he is getting closer tomaking acomeback, which will undoubtedly bea boostfor thetop flight’soldest manager.

The Eagles became the first-ever team to losetheiropening seven Premier League games without scoring a goal, but since taking over from Frank de Boerat Selhurst Park, Hodgson has taken four points fromthree matches.

Despite an improvement of late, form against Spurs shows that Palace are unlikely to emerge from the fixture with three points.

In fact, the Eagles have not scored against the North Londoners since a 1-1 draw in 2004. Their one and only win against their capital rivals was back in November 1997 when a NeilShipperleygoal earned a 1-0 victory.

With four points from ten games played in the Premier League, Palace will be desperate to reducethegap between them and Bournemouth and inject some hope at Selhurst Park.


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