The Premier League’s bottom side Crystal Palace face a trip to high-flyers Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday knowing they have to pick up points in order to reduce the gap at the tailend of the table.

Manager Roy Hodgson will head into the London derby without the services of Eagles defender Patrick van Aanholt and winger Lee Chung-yong, as both are struggling with hamstring problems.

However, there is better news for Palace in the form of Mamadou Sakho 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 training and are thought to be available for selection.

Palace striker Christian Benteke continues to struggle with a knee injury so will not feature but it is thought he is getting closer to making a comeback, which will undoubtedly be a boost for the top flight’s oldest manager.

The Eagles became the first-ever team to lose their opening seven Premier League games without scoring a goal, but since taking over from Frank de Boer at Selhurst Park, Hodgson has taken four points from three 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 Neil Shipperley goal earned a 1-0 victory.

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


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