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The fiery London derby at the rendezvous

IT MAY seem a bit premature to mention it now, but Spurs are starting to look like a strong team again.

Since Antonio Conte took over at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in early November, the north London club have grown and it seems clear they will improve further over time under the Italian’s leadership.

Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn sent Spurs back to a Carabao League Cup victory over West Ham in midweek, which saw Conte return to his former club Chelsea in the semifinals.

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

They will host Crystal Palace tomorrow in a Championship game that is full of potential for a spirited affair and a fiery result.

There is no love lost between these teams and as Spurs continue their quest to climb into the top four they are currently seventh; Six points behind fourth place with two games down – things could easily spill over in the heat of the moment.

But it goes without saying that Conte will encourage his team to deploy all their energies in an attempt to extend their unbeaten leg in the league to six matches.

They’ve picked three wins in their last five Premiership outings and if they keep their cool tomorrow they should be able to make half a dozen.

English captain Harry Kane’s contribution will again be examined under the microscope.

He did not achieve the type of form expected of him, but he has shown in the last few games that he is improving and weighing with a greater contribution than he did earlier in the season. countryside.

Much of this is because the club turned down a transfer request during the off-season when discussions arose over his move to Manchester City.

Palace, who beat Spurs earlier this season, will want to double against the home side, with former Arsenal star Patrick Vieira now in charge of the Eagles.

Vieira injects a good dose of guts into the side and allows creative players to show more of what they can do with the ball.

This in turn has led to some eye-opening displays and they are hoping for another against Spurs.