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Preview: Fulham v Crystal Palace

11 August 2018

Palace kick off their 2018/19 Premier League campaign against newly-promoted Fulham at Craven Cottage, who returned to the top-flight after a four-year absence by winning the Championship play-off final against Aston Villa in May.

The game will see Roy Hodgson return to the club whom he guided to the UEFA Europa League final in 2010, and will be afforded a warm welcome by the home fans who haven’t tasted much success since his departure.

That all changed last year when they reached the Wembley showpiece by stringing together a 23-game unbeaten run to finish third, and skipper Tom Cairney’s goal clinched promotion at the Villans’ expense.

Having quietly gone about his business during pre-season, Hodgson will be hoping his Palace side, who remained unbeaten throughout the summer, will begin their campaign with a win over a team who conversely won just one of their six pre-season friendlies.

Summer reshuffle at the Cottage

A busy summer in west London began when the Cottagers broke their transfer record to land Jean Michael Seri from Nice for £30 million, who is tipped to be a star in both defensive and attacking midfield positions, while German World Cup winner Andre Schurrle returned to the Premier League as the ex-Chelsea man joined on loan from Borussia Dortmund.

Spanish goalkeeper Fabri arrived from Beskitas and is set to challenge Marcus Bettinelli, while Alfie Mawson was captured from Swansea City for £15 million. Nice were then raided again for left-back Maxime le Marchand, while Callum Chambers has moved from Arsenal on loan.

However, their key capture saw them pay Newcastle United a reported £22 million to land Aleksandar Mitrovic, who netted 12 goals for Fulham on loan in the latter part of last season to help fire the Whites back into the big time.

Deadline day was equally busy, with Spanish international goalkeeper Sergio Rico, Bristol City defender Joe Bryan, Luciano Vietto on loan from Atletico Madrid and Timothy Fosu-Mensah who could face the team he spent last season on loan on Saturday.

View From The Opposition

 

Slavisa Jokanovic: “I believe we need to be more solid. In the Premier League if we are not solid we are going to be in a dangerous situation. We will have the quality.

"Probably I miss some power, some kilograms to be stronger. We gave many chances to Celta Vigo to score goals [in their final pre-season friendly]. If we give Crystal Palace these chances, we will pay."

Team News

 

Palace: Roy Hodgson confirmed that Scott Dann is still recovering from his knee injury sustained on New Years' Eve, whilst Connor Wickham and Jonny Williams have slight strains so will not feature on Saturday. Given that Max Meyer's last competitive match was in April, and Jordan Ayew's last minute addition to the squad, the pair are also unlikely to be a part of the travelling squad.

Fulham: 

Slavisa Jokanovic has made a number of summer signings including record buy Jean Michael Seri and Andre Schurrle.

Alfie Mawson is out until September after knee surgery, while Dennis Odoi completes the final game of his suspension. 

Matchday Officials

 

Mike Dean gets his season underway in west London, with Palace having won their last three games he was overseen – home games against Stoke City and Leicester City and the trip to Huddersfield Town in March.

Dean has been a good omen for the Eagles during his refereeing career, with Palace winning eight and drawing 10 of the 24 games he has taken charge of, stretching back to the 2004/05 campaign.

Referee: Mike Dean
Assistant Refs: Ian Hussin and Dan Robathan
Fourth Official: Robert Jones

Matchday Stats

 

This will be the fifth Premier League meeting between Fulham and the Eagles, with the Cottagers losing just the first of those games in October 2004.

Each of the last three meetings between Fulham and Palace at Craven Cottage has seen exactly four goals scored.

Fulham have the lowest win rate in Premier League London derby matches, winning 25 of their 118 so far (21%).

Both of Palace’s opening day wins in the Premier League have come in away games (Everton in 1997/98 and Norwich in 2015/16).

The Eagles won their last three Premier League games of 2017/18, scoring nine goals and conceding just one. They last won four in a row back in April 2017.

Slavisa Jokanovic’s side are unbeaten in their previous 16 league games at Craven Cottage, keeping a clean sheet on 10 occasions in this run.

Palace are unbeaten in their last four away games, while only once previously have they gone five without defeat on the road under Roy Hodgson (in January 2018).

Head-to-Head

  Fulham wins Draws Palace wins
League 16 14 10
FA Cup 0 1 1
League Cup 1 0 0
Total 17 15 11

Matchday Information

 

Tickets for this game are sold out.

Coach travel will be available, departing Selhurst Park at 11.30am and is priced at £16 per seat.

Live Coverage

 

If you can’t make it to Craven Cottage, then you can listen to the game live on our new Palace Audio service. Fans can buy a Season Pass for £39.99, a Monthly Pass (which auto-renews) at £4.49, or a 24-Hour Pass for a single matchday for £1.49 – more information.

There will also be updates on Twitter, and highlights available on Palace TV from midnight on Sunday morning.

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Match Reports

Report: Fulham 0-2 Crystal Palace

11 August 2018

Palace got their Premier League campaign off to the perfect start as goals from Jeffrey Schlupp and Wilfried Zaha saw off newly-promoted Fulham at Craven Cottage.

It was a happy return to his old stomping ground for Roy Hodgson, who saw his team weather an early storm as the hosts’ adrenalin at being back in the top-flight saw them put Palace under plenty of early pressure, but that was eased when Schlupp hammered home his first Eagles goal on 41 minutes.

That laid the platform for Palace to boss the second half, and they got the all-important second goal 11 minutes from time when Zaha coolly capped off a fine team goal that swept from one end to another to ensure there was no repeat of last season’s lengthy wait for a league victory.

First Team

Zaha, Hennessey and Wan-Bissaka Earn Hodgson's Praise

11 August 2018

Having waited four years for Premier League football at Craven Cottage the excitable home crowd were loud and proud early doors, and within minutes they had twice let out audible ‘oooos’. Only an excellent challenge by James Tomkins denied Aleksandar Mitrovic a wide path to goal, and then Wayne Hennessey had to sprawl across his line to keep out a low Cyrus Christie effort.

He was kept busy again after 13 minutes when a defence-splitting pass by Tom Cairney sent Andre Schurrle scampering down the right to find Mitrovic, but Hennessey’s 6’7” frame came in handy as he flung himself at the attempt to only concede a corner, which Fulham’s £22 million man headed a whisker wide.

Like most of their pre-season games, Palace grew into the contest and on the half-hour mark they nearly snatched the lead. A couple of step-overs from Andros Townsend gave him room to cross for Christian Benteke who towered about the defence to nudge the ball goalwards, but Fabri just about managed to prevent the ball finding the top corner.

However the theme of the first half was Mitrovic v Hennessey and with eight minutes of the opening 45 remaining the Serbian striker turned away from the Eagles defence and once again sent the ball towards the target, but Hennessey got down low and pushed it away which would prove crucial three minutes later when Hodgson’s team took the lead.

Pushing down the left flank, Patrick van Aanholt and Townsend waited patiently to play the killer pass, which came when Schlupp made a dangerous run that was spotted by Van Aanholt. The Ghanaian took a touch to get past Calum Chambers before unleashing a thunderbolt which flashed between Fabri and his near post to score his first competitive goal for the Eagles.

The travelling contingent congregated at that end of the ground were still celebrating wildly when they saw the ball belted into the back of the net again 90 seconds later when Van Aanholt was found by Zaha before finishing with aplomb, but he was correctly flagged for offside as Palace ended a half that began with them under serious pressure, in the lead.

The momentum shift continued after the restart and a fierce drive by Van Aanholt’s from the edge of the box smacked a fortunate Fabri in the chest, and on 63 minutes Palace had a huge opportunity to double their lead. Hennessey smacked a free-kick into the area which Benteke nodded into an undetected Zaha’s path, and only the outstretched boot of Fabri prevented the winger from adding his name on the scoresheet.

First Team

Gallery: Fulham v Crystal Palace

11 August 2018

Hennessey would be involved in more conventional fashion when he claimed a Mitrovic header a minute later, which showed that Palace needed the second goal their second half superiority merited, and on 80 minutes they got it with a superb team goal.

It began with good composure from Van Aanholt and Mamadou Sakho to clear up after a Fulham attack, and after Townsend found Benteke, the striker played an inch-perfect cross-field pass to Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Despite being under pressure from Mitrovic, the youngster edged over the halfway line before slipping in Zaha, who created an angle to slip the ball under Fabri and seal the victory.

As good as Hodgson’s team had been in attack, they were also indebted to Hennessey for keeping them in the game during a tricky opening half-hour, and he managed to keep his clean sheet intact by tipping away a Ryan Sessegnon header and blocking an Aboubakar Kamara effort from a tight angle.

Indeed, debutant Cheikhou Kouyate almost put the icing on a very sweet red and blue cake in injury-time but another stinging blast was pushed away by Fabri, but Palace’s first opening day victory since 2015 had already long-been secured.

Fulham: Fabri, Christie, Chambers, Le Marchand, Bryan (Vietto 71), Cairney, McDonald, Seri (Johansen 82), Schurrle (Kamara 61), Sessegnon, Mitrovic. Subs: Rico, Fosu-Mensah, Cisse, Kebano.

Palace: Hennessey, Wan-Bissaka, Sakho, Tomkins, Van Aanholt (Souare 90), Townsend (Kouyate 88), McArthur, Milivojevic, Schlupp, Zaha, Benteke (Sørloth 83). Subs: Guaita, Ward, Kelly, Riedewald.

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Ticket News

TICKETS: Fulham Trip Sold Out

21 July 2018

Tickets for Crystal Palace's opening Premier League game of the season against Fulham at Craven Cottage are now sold out.

The club operated a Waiting List for this game, but this has now also reached its maximum capacity.

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