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Predicted Tottenham Starting XI To Take On Crystal Palace – Townsend To Start?

Tottenham Hotspur entertain Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane on Saturday afternoon looking to close in on the top four. Here is our predicted starting eleven:

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Tottenham Hotspur entertain Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane on Saturday afternoon looking to close in on the top four.

Spurs were disappointing during last weeks 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Arsenal but Tim Sherwood is unlikely to tinker too much from the side that’s done him proud for the majority of the games since he’s been in charge.

The back five is expected to remain unchanged although Younes Kaboul could be pushing for a recall if he proves his fitness in training this week, but Jan Vertonghen remains out through injury.

Mousa Dembele is certain to start in the centre of the park with Paulinho out for a month, while Sandro is back in training and could come in if Sherwood feels he’s 100%. However, we think the Brazilian will be eased back into the action which could see Christian Eriksen start in the middle with Etienne Capoue seemingly out of favour.

Nabil Bentaleb did OK at the Emirates but is expected to make way which could see Andros Townsend make a comeback on the left side of midfield after returning to training last week.

Emmanuel Adebayor was disappointing against his former side last weekend but should retain his place alongside Roberto Soldado up front.

Here is our predicted starting eleven:

What do you think of our team? What would your line-up be? Share your views below.



  1. Mike Sz

    January 9, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    I think this is good. In a recent post, I was concerned the long-term prospect of playing Eriksen out wide — 1) because it would seem a waste of his creative playmaking potential and 2) because he is going to come inside anyway. I imagined Eriksen inside, though there will surely be some debate about who he should partner with in the middle. I, too, would be tempted to give the nod to Dembele, but there are many who (justifiably) feel that, when fit, Sandro should be in the side…somewhere…anywhere…to shore up the defense. Meanwhile, I suggested starting Lamela out left, but there’s a case to be made for a fit Townsend. Meanwhile, I can’t see sitting Lennon, given his solid form/ability to create from the right when fit.

  2. Halabil

    January 9, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    I thought Soldado came off last weekend at Emirates due to an injury, in which case I would assume Adebayor up front alone with Dembele/Sandro in front of back four, and Lamela on left, Eriksen in center and Lennon on right behind Ade. That would be how I would set up. Time to give Lamela a string of games!

  3. vic

    January 9, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    I would like to see Lamela given a start on the left. after all he was bought to replace Bale, and when he has played I thought that he showed real flair and talent. Why pay £30mill if we have no intention of playing him.
    Apart from that I agree that it is probably our best side given our injury list.

  4. jijijij

    January 9, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Play Lamela up front with Adebayo

  5. Dino Gallina

    January 9, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Why does everyone think Dembele is a holding midfielder? Please explain this. Capoue should be the holding midfielder, in front of him should be Dembele and Eriksen. As much as Lennon has pace his distribution is poor. Personally I’d start with Lamela on the right with Townsend on the left if he’s fit. If not then bring Lennon in. With this formation you’d go with one striker, take your pick, me I’d start with adebayor. The beauty and where I feel AVB and Sherwood don’t get it is you would have both Dembele and Eriksen sitting on his shoulder. Anyway we are all experts I guess but this combination give the team more fluidity

    • steve

      January 10, 2014 at 7:51 pm

      I agree with most of your comments however this continued suggestion that Lennon’s distribution is poor no longer applies. He’s made several chances over the last few games, and if our strikers had been more clinical we would be celebrating his assists. I feel that so many people are repeating this fallacy (are you listening Paul Ince) that it becomes accepted wisdom.

  6. Yid4ever1

    January 9, 2014 at 11:27 pm

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  7. Shadley Sasman

    January 10, 2014 at 6:24 am

    Looks like a solid team, just wish that at least 1 midfielder can bring the X-factor to any given game as Spurs seem to lack punch at times. Enjoy Spurs playing with 2 wingers as it provides the natural width that made Spurs successful. When Vertonghen and Kaboul is back it will solidify the defence and then the search for a LB continues. What are the thoughts on bringing back Benoit from QPR as an interim measure. Furthermore, what is Fryers natural position, I thought he was brought in to fill the LB position. My favourite central midfield pairing is Dembele and Sandro whilst playing 2 strikers and 2 wingers which leaves Paulinho, Eriksen, Capoue and Holtby on the bench(just too many signings of the same position in less than 2 seasons). You have the stability and creativity in central midfield, and it allows your wingers and flank defenders to push forward. Whilst your wingers have options in the 18 yard area when they have 2 strikers to aim at……

  8. yiddo76

    January 10, 2014 at 6:28 am

    The biggest flaw in the side and in general is Rose. We need another left back he’s shown his frailties more than once. Time to find a replacement.

  9. phil

    January 10, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Why cant se just play Lamela for once, you know that £30 Million signing thats just sitting around…

  10. john

    January 10, 2014 at 8:04 am

    lamela on the left, Townsend is poor. he can be fun to watch, but his distribution is really poor, his decision making even worse, he can`t cross and he certainly can`t shoot.

  11. peter

    January 10, 2014 at 8:11 am

    i agree. but i think sherwood would favor townsend, since he is a spurs product.
    it certainly can`t be cause of quality, cause he hasn`t produced anything, exept for a few fancy runs.
    and he has caused several dangerous break-aways cause of the wrong choices in defining moments

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