Fiery London derby on the cards


South Korean Son Heung-min and England skipper Harry Kane are likely to lead Tottenham’s front line against Palace tomorrow. — AP

IT MAY sound a little premature to mention it now, but Spurs are beginning to look like a real solid side again.

Ever since Antonio Conte took over at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium at the beginning of November, the North London club have grown in stature and it seems obvious that they will get even better with time under the Italian’s stewardship.

Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn fired Spurs to a Carabao League Cup win over West Ham in midweek, which set up a return for Conte to his former club Chelsea in the semi-finals.

But before that, the Lilywhites have another London derby scheduled.

They will host Crystal Palace in a league game tomorrow that is loaded with the potential of a feisty affair and fiery outcome.

There is no love lost between these sides and as Spurs continue their quest to climb into the top four — they are presently seventh; six points adrift of fourth place with two games in hand – things could quite easily spill over in the heat of battle.

But it goes without saying that Conte will encourage his side to train all their energies on trying to extend their unbeaten run in the league to six matches.

They have picked three wins in their last five Premiership outings and if they hold their nerve tomorrow, they should be able to make that a half-a-dozen.

England captain Harry Kane’s contribution will come under the microscope again.

He has not hit the sort of form that is expected of him, but he has shown in recent games that he is getting better and weighing in with a greater contribution than he did earlier in the campaign.

Much of that stemmed from the club turning down a transfer request in the off-season when talk swirled about him moving to Manchester City.

Palace, who beat Spurs earlier this season, will be keen on doing the double over the home team, with former Arsenal star Patrick Vieira now in charge of the Eagles.

Vieira is instilling a good measure of grit in the side and allowing the creative players to show more of what they can do with the ball.

This in turn has led to some telling displays and they will be hoping for another against Spurs.

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