Hodgson aware of Palace priorities

Roy Hodgson would love to take Crystal Palace to an FA Cup semi-final or final, but he readily admits that his priority is staying in the Premier League.

The Eagles welcome Tottenham to Selhurst Park on Sunday for a fourth-round clash and, despite their visitors going through an injury crisis, Hodgson suggests the home team must be focused on league form and not cup runs.

He may not have the sort of squad depth that opposite number Mauricio Pochettino can call upon, but Hodgson is still eyeing up some rotation for this game.

"When you are in our situation, prioritisation is always a factor in your mind," he said. "Our squad is thin on the ground.

The former England boss feels the competition has lost some its appeal down through the years.

"It's nothing like the glittering prize it was in my youth because we have the Champions League and Europa League now. Not many have the ambition to win the FA Cup.

"The FA Cup is still being won by the top teams, and our position in the table [14th] isn't as good as we'd like it to be.

"What is my ambition? To advance in the FA Cup and get to the semis or the final, or stay in the Premier League? My ambition is to stay in the Premier League."

Crystal Palace are 2/1 to beat Spurs, who are 6/4, on Sunday with the draw priced at 12/5.

Despite Tottenham's injures mounting up, they'll have plenty of quality to call on, says Hodgson.

"They have got a lot of players to lose," he added. "They have got a fantastic squad.

"When you bring in people like [Serge] Aurier or [Ben] Davies in, or [Moussa] Sissoko comes in, it is, basically speaking, a riches that the club and Mauricio Pochettino have built up through the years."

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