Match Preview: Crystal Palace


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Time to push on for more points. We were unlucky against Sheffield United but Crystal Palace gives us a great opportunity to get our first three points of the season…

The Sheffield United game should really have been our first win of the season if not for a Mitro disaster class however, you can not burden to much blame on him as without him we would not be back in the Premier League. Despite a lot of injuries to contend with Crystal Palace have started the season well beating Southampton and Manchester United as well as drawing with Brighton. They are a well-structured team and we will do well to break them down on Saturday while remaining wary of their attacking talent.

I would make two changes to the side that faced Sheffield United last Sunday. I would have Areola in goal with a back four of Robinson, Le Marchand, Adarabioyo and Aina in defence. I know Le Marchand is an unpopular choice, however, I genuinely believe if he is given a chance that he will prove to be Premier League quality. On the pivot in midfield, I would have Cairney and Anguissa keeping together their fantastic partnership with Loftus-Cheek at attacking midfield. Upfront I would have Bryan on the left, Lookman on the right and Mitro done the middle. I never want to see Cavaleiro start in the Premier League again.

I think we will win 2-1 with a Loftus Cheek and Lookman goal.

Head To Head

  • Fulham Wins – 17
  • Draws – 15
  • Palace Wins – 13
  • Goals Scored – 63
  • Goals Conceded – 55
  • Biggest Win – Fulham 4-0 Palace (1931/32)

Collins John’s View

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It will be a tight game but after the last match vs Sheffield United, I got a feeling Fulham will be the happy one and the first 3 points of the season are coming in! Lookman’s looking sharp, Mitro will put it right this weekend after an unlucky last one.

Comeonnnnn you Fulham!


Last 5 Games

  • Crystal Palace 2-0 Fulham
  • Fulham 0-2 Crystal Palace
  • Fulham 2-2 Crystal Palace
  • Crystal Palace 1-4 Fulham
  • Fulham 3-1 Crystal Palace

Last Time Out

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The last time we played Crystal Palace was in February 2019 at Selhurst Park where we lost 2-0. A first-half penalty by Luka Milivojevic and a late Jeffrey Schlupp goal gave Roy Hodgson’s side the points. We started Tom Cairney at right-wing. Genius.

Players in Common

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Jimmy Allen, Johnny Byrne, Chris Coleman, Stan Collymore, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Iain Dowie, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Tony Gale, Julian Gray, Brede Hangeland, Jeff Hopkins, Ray Houghton, Mark Hudson, Andy Johnson, Gabor Kiraly, Shefqi Kuqi, John Lacy, Matthew Lawrence, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Chris Martin, Leon McKenzie, Pat O’Connell, Terry Phelan, Alan Pinkney, Jazz Richards, Wayne Routledge, Rui Fonte, John Salako, Tony Sealy, Alan Stephenson, Kit Symons, Paul Trollope.

Battle To Watch

Wilfred Zaha vs Tosin Adarabioyo 

Wilfred Zaha is an Ivorian forward known for his tricky dribbling and skill on the ball. It is fair to say that he has been keeping Palace afloat in the Premier League and is the club’s top scorer in Premier League history. This will be Tosin Adarabioyo’s first test against a proven Premier League forward and will need to be in form to stop Zaha.

Predicted Line-Up