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EPL Preview: Crystal Palace v. Fulham

Ian Holloway

Crystal Palace will be looking to double their points tally in the Premier League when they host Fulham at Selhurst Park on Monday evening.

Palace (1-0-6), currently in 19th-place in the league table, ‘must not lose’ to the Cottagers in order to boost their hopes of staving off relegation, according to manager Ian Holloway.

Meanwhile, Fulham (2-1-4) enter Monday’s clash in 17th-place in the table, having won their last league fixture against Stoke City on 5 October.

Team News

The Eagles will be without the services of Glenn Murray (knee), Jack Hunt (ankle) and Jonathan Williams (ankle) for Monday’s crucial clash, while Damien Delaney (ankle), Daniel Gabbidon (hamstring) and Kagisho Dikgacoi (knee) are game-time decisions.

Ashkan Dejagah (calf) and Matthew Briggs (hernia) have been ruled out for the visitors, whereas Aaron Hughes (thigh), Martin Stekelenburg (shoulder) and Scott Parker (calf) are matchday doubts.

With Stekelenburg doubtful, former York City goalkeeper David Stockdale — 11/5 to keep a clean sheet — is expected to start in between the sticks for Fulham.

Possible Starting Lineups

Crystal Palace: Speroni; Ward, Mariappa, Delaney, Moxey; Bannan; Campaña, Jedinak; Puncheon, Chamakh, Gayle.

Available substitutes: Alexander, Price, Parr, Gabbidon, McCarthy, Dikgacoi, Bolasie.

Fulham: Stockdale; Riether, Amorebieta, Hangeland, Richardson; Boateng, Sidwell; Kačaniklić, Berbatov; Kasami; Bent.

Available substitutes: Stekelenburg, Etheridge, Senderos, Hughes, Riise, Parker, Ruiz, Zverotic, Karagounis, Duff, Taarabt, Rodallega.

Referee

Lee Mason has brandished 15 cards, one red and 14 yellow, in 4 Premier League games this season.

Manager Quotes

Ian Holloway: “At the end of the day what we have been doing lately hasn’t been good enough and we have got to do better.

“That doesn’t scare me, that is a fact and we have got to try and do that and do it very, very quickly.

“If this was the last game of the season then we are in the mire aren’t we?

“But it isn’t, we have got 31 left and have got to try and get some points and stay with the pack and try and grind some things out.”

Martin Jol: “Even when you’re in the bottom three at Christmas it doesn’t mean you will go down.

“I remember Ian Holloway doing an unbelievable job at Blackpool. I think he was in the top eight at one stage four or five years ago and they still got relegated after Christmas.”

Match Facts

Crystal Palace, 1-1-4 in their last six meetings with Fulham, have failed to keep a clean sheet in Premier League this season. The only other top-flight team who has failed to record a clean sheet is last-placed Sunderland.

Fulham have not found the back of the net in their last two league away games. In fact, Fulham have been held goal-less in nine of their 16 league games away from Craven Cottage dating back to last season.

No Premier League side has gotten more goals from their substitutes than Fulham (3) in 2013/14.

Palace have struck the woodwork a league-leading seven times, while Fulham have conceded more corners, 60, than any other Premier League side this term.

A draw, over 12 corners and 4-6 cards pays 18/1.

Betting Odds

Crystal Palace (17/10); Fulham (15/8); Draw (9/4)

Match Prediction

Crystal Palace 1 – Fulham 2 (11/1)

Sun 20 October, 2013
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