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Tottenham team news: Lamela and Mason out for Crystal Palace match

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Spurs are still short a few midfielders as they prepare for Saturday's match against the new Pardew-led Palace.

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Team news is out ahead of Tottenham Hotspur's Premier League match against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday, and there are still a couple of players out for Spurs. Ryan Mason continues to recover from the hamstring injury he picked up on New Year's Day against Chelsea, and Erik Lamela is also nursing a knock and is not in contention against the Fightin' Pardews.

"They have no chance for Palace," said Mauricio Pochettino in comments today.  "Maybe next week, but for Palace they are both unavailable."

What does this mean for Spurs? Well, for starters expect to see a central midfield pairing of Benjamin Stambouli and Moussa Dembele again since Nabil Bentaleb is still AFCONing. This also likely means Paulinho on the bench as Stambouli and Dembele's understudy, since Etienne Capoue is clearly dead. With Lamela out, it's likely that Andros Townsend will take his place on the right side of midfield alongside Nacer Chadli and Christian Eriksen.

As for Palace, both Yannick Bolasie and Mile Jedinak are out for the Eagles: Bolasie is with the Congo at the African Cup of Nations, while Jedinak is representing Australia at the Asian Cup. Both Bolasie and Jedinak are important contributors for Palace, but they have the home field advantage, and Pardew's appointment means that we really have no idea what to expect out of the Eagles on Saturday. Also, Marouane Chamakh, who has been out the past month with an injury, could return for this match. Combine that and the fact that things are going very well for Spurs right now, clearly this means we'll lose 3-0.