Alan Pardew told what is required for Crystal Palace to stun Tottenham

Alan Pardew

Former Crystal Palace winger John Salako believes Alan Pardew can spring a Premier League 'upset' on Tottenham Hotspur if he gets Selhurst Park 'jumping'.

Alan Pardew is counting down the days until his first Premier League outing as Crystal Palace manager, and his first at Selhurst Park.

His reign opened with success at Dover in the third round of the FA Cup, but the real business starts on Saturday.

A London derby with Tottenham Hotspur awaits, with the Eagles hoping to stun one of the top-flight’s form sides.

Spurs will travel across the capital unbeaten in their last six league games and looking to force their way into the Champions League places.

Palace, though, will be in buoyant mood as they prepare to welcome home their new boss and anything is possible over the course of 90 minutes.

Former winger John Salako believes Pardew can open his reign in the best possible manner if he gets his players performing at their best and feeding off the positive energy which will be generated in the stands.

He told Sky Sports: “They are going to try and get the fans back, best fans by far last season. What Tony Pulis did, he’s going to try and build it and go out there and get the place jumping.

“There’s no reason why he can’t start positively. If the atmosphere is right and the lads are on their game, they can cause an upset there. Alan will be looking to win but I would imagine he would take a draw against Spurs.”

Pardew certainly needs to collect a positive result this weekend.

Palace have badly underachieved this term and are currently stuck in an eight-match winless run in the league.

The potential is there – Pulis showed that last season – it just needs to be unlocked.

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