Are Palace to be involved in the relegation battle?

Last updated: April 7, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: Selhurst Park
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: DLWLD
Away form: WWDLL
Last season: 1-1
Competition: The Premier League

Crystal Palace are on a nightmare run in The Premier League. The Eagles have lost 9 of their last 13 matches and are now just 6 points above the relegation line. The last time they recorded a victory in The Premiership was on 19th December 2015, when they beat Stoke City 2-1 at The Britannia Stadium. Since then, The Eagles have failed to score in 6 of 14 matches. And they have conceded 2 or more goals in 8 of these games.

To continue; Norwich City have recently put on display a really good performance and the club took a big step in the battle to stay in The Premier League. The Canaries beat their main opponents – Newcastle United (3-2) at Carrow Road last weekend and maintained their good form. If Norwich take the three points against The Eagles, The Canaries will surely secure their place in The Premiership for next season.

But, Crystal Palace have won 12 of 24 games against Norwich City at Selhurst Park, while The Canaries have recorded only 6 away victories. However, The Eagles have paid more attention to their performance in The FA Cup, so Norwich City can take advantage of this.

Team News

Alexander Tettey is the only injured player in Norwich City’s squad. The Norwegian international is suffering from an ankle injury.

Emmanuel Adebayor has recently received an injury. The forward has scored 1 goal in 7 league matches for Crystal Palace this season.

The situation is getting worse for Crystal Palace, because their best player Yohan Cabaye received an injury two weeks ago. He will be sidelined for the upcoming match.

The other main omissions for Crystal Palace are Marouane Chamakh and James McArthur. Both are out until the end of the season.

Quotes of the week

Alan Pardew Alan Pardew (Crystal Palace) : “I wanted to question the players and ask whether they actually realise what has gone on.”

alex neil Alex Neil (Norwich City) : “It was a strange game but we were the better team throughout.”

Expected line-ups:

Crystal Palace (4-4-2): Hennessey, Ward, Souare, Dann, Delaney, Jedinak, Puncheon, Ledley, Zaha, Bolasie, Wickham.
Subs Kelly, Campbell, Mutch, Sako, Mariappa, Gayle, McCarthy
Injured: Adebayor, McArthur, Cabaye, Chamakh.
Not available:
Norwich City (4-4-2): Ruddy, Klose, Bassong, Olsson, Martin, O’Neil, Redmond, Brady, Howson, Mbokani, Bamford.
Subs Rudd, Ivo Pinto, Naismith, Jarvis, Mulumbu, Jerome, Hoolahan.
Injured: Tettey.
Not available:

So far this season

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Crystal Palace this season Norwich City this season
16 League Position 17
4 (5) (at home) Wins (away) 5 (3)
5-1 vs. Newcastle Biggest win 3-1 vs. Sunderland and Bournemouth
2 (5) (at home) Draws (away) 5 (2)
10 (5) (at home) Losses (away) 6 (11)
0-4 to Man City Biggest Defeat 2-6 to Newcastle
Dann, Cabaye, Wickham (5) Top scorer Mbokani, Redmond (5)
Delaney, Puncheon, Wickham (3) Assist Leader Hoolahan (8)
Y50, R2 Discipline Y55, R3
10 Failures to score 11
6 Clean Sheets 5
17 Both Teams to Score Games 16
17 Over 2.5 Games 17
14 Under 2.5 Games 15
  • The Eagles have lost their last 6 Premier League games at Selhurst Park. They have lost 10 of 16 home matches this season!
  • There has been the option of ‘under 2.5 goals scored’ in Norwich City’s last 4 away Premier League games. But, The Canaries kept a clean sheet only once.
  • There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 5 of the Eagles last 6 games in The Premiership. Crystal Palace conceded 13 goals in these matches.
  • The Eagles won the first match of the season between these two teams (3-1). Zaha, Delaney and Cabaye scored for Crystal Palace.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
08/08/15 The Premier League Norwich 1-3 Crystal Palace W. Zaha 39′
01/01/14 The Premier League Crystal Palace 1-1 Norwich B. Johnson 39′
30/11/13 The Premier League Norwich 1-0 Crystal Palace G. Hooper 30′
29/01/11 The Championship Crystal Palace 0-0 Norwich
19/10/10 The Championship Norwich 1-2 Crystal Palace G. Holt 43′