Tottenham vs Crystal Palace: Two of the least injury- and COVID-19-stricken sides in the Premier League are set to face off at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Boxing Day (watch live, 10 am ET on USA and online via NBCSports.com).
Antonio Conte has been in charge for just five Premier League games, but he has already made a massive impact on Tottenham’s playing style. In 10 games under Nuno Espirito Santo, Spurs averaged 62.1 miles covered (20th in the PL); under Conte, that number is 71.5 miles (1st in the PL) — an increase of nearly one mile per game, per player. As a result, Tottenham are unbeaten in the Premier League since the Italian took over (3W-2D-0L).
As for Crystal Palace, Patrick Vieira has had a similarly significant impact on his new side, only with the benefit of the whole season to make the side his own. After scoring just 41 goals (1.1 per game) under Roy Hodgson a season ago, the Eagles have bagged 24 in just 17 games (1.4 per game) already this season. Already, they have scored three to beat Tottenham earlier this season, two to beat Manchester City, and two to draw Arsenal, West Ham and Leicester. Signature results for a new manager, thanks to the increased goals output.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Tottenham vs Crystal Palace.
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Tottenham team news, injuries, lineup options
QUESTIONABLE: Bryan Gil (COVID-19) | OUT: Cristian Romero (thigh), Ryan Sessegnon (thigh)
🥊 Your Boxing Day starting XI! pic.twitter.com/vqQYbsoPLQ
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 26, 2021
Crystal Palace team news, injuries, lineup options
QUESTIONABLE: James McArthur (thigh) | OUT: Nathan Ferguson (achilles)
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) December 26, 2021