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The Palace Preview: Fulham

31 January 2019

Crystal Palace will play host to league strugglers Fulham at Selhurst Park today, looking to capitalise on their recent form to pick up three points in their drive to push up the table.

The Eagles have won three of their past six matches, drawing one and losing two whilst the Cottagers will be inspired by a recent comeback victory over Brighton and Hove Albion; a game they won 4-2 having been 2-0 down at half-time.

However, aside from that match, the west London side have only won one of their last 11 fixtures, losing four from their last five in all competitions.

Despite spending over £100m in transfers this season, Fulham have struggled to gel as a team and, even with Premier League winning manager Claudio Ranieri at the helm, currently sit 19th in the league.

Their most evident weakness lies in defence, as Ranieri's backline has leaked 53 goals from just 24 games, the most conceded by any club in Europe's top five leagues and far more than they saw hit their net from almost double the number of matches - 46 - in the entirety of last year's Championship campaign.

They have, however, scored in every one of their recent fixtures since a 0-0 draw with Newcastle United on December 22: a total of seven matches.

Eagles fans will be encouraged by their season's opener, a 2-0 win at Craven Cottage over Fulham, in which Jeffrey Schlupp and Wilfried Zaha netted one each to secure Palace's first three points of the campaign.

For the reverse of this clash, though, the Eagles will be without Zaha, who is serving a one-match ban having been sent off in Palace's recent draw with Southampton, a game in which he scored the south Londoners' only goal.

Palace fans will want to watch out for Ryan Babel, who signed for Fulham from Beşiktaş this transfer window and has performed well from both of his games so far. The Dutchman assisted twice against Brighton and looks to have been an assured signing for the club.

Aleksandar Mitrovic has also stood out lately, scoring twice against the Seagulls and netting 10 times so far this season.

And outside the parameters of Selhurst Park, make sure to keep an eye on Newcastle United's clash with Tottenham Hotspur. The Magpies pulled out a shock win over Manchester City on Tuesday night and so overtook the Eagles in the table.

Away from the pitch, around 70 Palace and Fulham fans will be walking from Craven Cottage to Selhurst Park to raise awareness of mental health issues and male suicide rates. The walk is open for anyone to join as the two clubs unite behind an important cause.

Please be aware that help is on hand for anyone who feels they may need it at CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) by calling 0808 802 5858 or visiting thecalmzone.net.


Tactical overview

Due to their defensive frailties, Fulham have been fielding a back five lately, though this approach has been in vain as they haven't kept a clean sheet since the end of December.

When they switched to a back four against Brighton, they were able to stage a remarkable comeback and netted four times.

Team news

Roy Hodgson's squad is largely fit, though Cheikhou Kouyate will not be available for selection. Defender James Tomkins is being assessed while Michy Batshuayi will be spoken to in order to decide whether he can feature or not.

Club News

Roy Hodgson Provides Team News Ahead of Fulham Clash

1 February 2019

For Ranieri, most Fulham players will be available for selection, however Alfie Mawson, Joe Bryan, André Schürrle are all doubts.

Live coverage

This game is not being shown live on TV in the United Kingdom, however you can listen to full commentary of it for just £1.49 via Palace Audio. Click here to find out more.

For fans in the US, the match will be shown on NBC Sports Gold and for all fans living abroad elsewhere, check out our Worldwide TV listings to see where you can enjoy the game.

Alternatively, if living abroad, why not find out if there is an Official Supporters' Club meeting near you?

Tickets are still available for this clash, though there is a limited amount left. To purchase your place amongst the Selhurst Park crowd, click here now.

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Match Reports

Report: Crystal Palace 2-0 Fulham

2 February 2019

Palace secured a big win in their quest to survive in the Premier League as goals from Luka Milivojevic and Jeffrey Schlupp saw the Eagles beat struggling Fulham.

A first half penalty from the hosts’ skipper put his team in front and in control of proceedings, and after peppering Fulham’s goal in the second half eventually the lead was doubled two minutes from time when Jeffrey Schlupp tapped home after good work from debutant Michy Batshuayi.

The Cottagers came into the game buoyed by their 4-2 win over Brighton in midweek with Aleksandar Mitrovic netting twice, and he should have got on the scoresheet for the third time this week on nine minutes when a great cross by Joe Bryan was perfectly placed for him to nod past Vicente Guaita, but somehow the Serbian put what would prove to be their best chance of the game wide.

But on 24 minutes, for the second game in succession Palace were handed the opportunity to take the lead via an unusual handball incident. Under pressure from Christian Benteke, Cyrus Christie inexplicably nudged the ball away from the Belgian with his flailing hand, and once again Milivojevic dispatched the penalty despite Sergio Rico coming close to stopping his powerful attempt.

In a half of few chances, 10 minutes later the woodwork denied the Eagles from doubling their lead in brilliant fashion when Andros Townsend stood a cross up towards the back post and Benteke acrobatically smacked a bicycle kick off the crossbar, but apart from another Mitrovic header that failed to seriously trouble Guaita, the opening 45 minutes came to its conclusion with little action of note.

Once play resumed, Palace continued to look the more likely to grab the all-important second goal and Jordan Ayew forced Rico to tip the ball over after breaking into the box, before James Tomkins saw a free header from a Milivojevic corner float into the Holmesdale just after the hour-mark.

That was soon followed by Jeffrey Schlupp forcing Rico to save with his legs before the Ghanaian saw a similar effort deflected wide by Maxime Le Marchand and then Mamadou Sakho screwed a header wide, but as the missed chances kept piling up the visitors were still in the game and their main threat Mitrovic saw a shot on the turn fly over with 15 minutes remaining.

With eight minutes to go, Batshuayi came on for his Eagles debut and received a warm welcome from the Palace faithful, and he soon played a big part in securing the win for Palace by helping to get the second goal Hodgson’s team deserved.

After picking the ball up from Townsend in the box, some quick feet saw him wriggle away from the Fulham defence and a thunderous shot was palmed away by Rico, but Schlupp was first to react to the loose ball and tapped home his fourth of the season to seal the points.

Batshuayi nearly put the icing on proceedings but his drive from distance was caught by Rico, and one last attempt by Calum Chambers failed to force Guaita into his first save of the day as Palace cruised to a league double over their opponents and move further away from the relegation zone.

Palace: Guaita, Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt, Townsend, Milivojevic, McArthur, Schlupp (Sako 90), Ayew (Batshuayi 82), Benteke (Meyer 72). Subs not used: Hennessey, Kelly, Dann, Riedewald.

Fulham: Rico, Odoi, Le Marchand, Ream (Vietto 45), Christie (Fosu-Mensah 62), Chambers, Seri, Bryan, Cairney, Babel (Ayite 88), Mitrovic. Subs not used: Fabri, Cisse, Kebano, Sessegnon.

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Ticket News

TICKETS: Last Remaining Seats Available for Fulham at Selhurst This Saturday

31 January 2019

Crystal Palace will host London Premier League rivals Fulham this Saturday, and you can buy your place amongst the Selhurst crowd as there are a small number of tickets still remaining.

In the reverse of this fixture in August, the Eagles ran-out as 2-0 victors, opening their league campaign with three points due to goals from Jeffrey Schlupp and Wilfried Zaha.

More recently, Palace have won three out of five games in 2019 in all competitions, whereas Fulham have lost four from four.

Selhurst Park, as ever, promises to be well attended with a typically energised crowd and you can join it by purchasing your tickets today.

Paid Members and Season Ticket Holders can do this in all of the usual ways, online here, over the phone on 08712 000071 or in person at the club's Box Office at Selhurst Park. Ticket puchase is  limited to four per membership.

There are also Premium Matchday experiences available for this fixture, providing the ultimate way to enjoy the match. Find out more here.

If you are not yet a member, you can purchase memberships here now to become eligible to buy tickets immediately.

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