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Preview: Middlesbrough v Crystal Palace

30 October 2018

Crystal Palace head up to the Riverside Stadium on Wednesday for their Carabao Cup round of 16 clash, looking to break their way into the tournament’s quarter-finals.

Facing their third Championship club on the road, the Eagles put three past Darren Moore’s West Bromwich Albion in the last round to reach this stage whilst Boro, who currently sit third in the Championship, won 4-3 on penalties away to Preston North End.

Former Palace boss Tony Pulis last came up against Palace in the 2017 Asia Trophy in Hong Kong, with Palace winning that game 2-0.  Pulis has a solid managerial record against the Eagles, however, having won eight of the 15 games managed versus the south Londoners.

More encouragingly, Palace have won each of their last three matches against Wednesday night's opposition, including a 4-1 home victory in February 2013 watched by then-England boss Hodgson, in which Glenn Murray netted a brace.

Middlesbrough have the tightest defence of any Championship side so far this season, having conceded only eight goals from 15 games. This is consistent for both the Teessiders, who conceded the joint third fewest goals last season, and Pulis, whose reputation is built on his tight-knit defensive sides.

Palace also have a strong defensive record this season, having conceded joint fewest goals of any Premier League club in the bottom 10.

Team news

Ryan Shotton is currently sidelined with a knee injury and will not be able to feature for the Teesside club while Christian Benteke and Joel Ward remain unavailable for Palace.

Did you know?

England manager Gareth Southgate played almost identical amounts for both Palace and Boro, appearing in 152 games for the former and 160 for the latter where he won the 2004 League Cup – Middlesbrough’s only major honour. He went on to manage Middlesbrough between 2006-2009, replacing Steve McClaren who left to manage the England national team.

Head-to-head

  Boro wins Draws Palace wins
League 15 10 17
FA Cup 0 1 1
League Cup 2 0 2
Other 0 0 1
Total 17 11 21

 

The ref

The referee for this fixture will be Paul Tierney, who has only ever officiated one Palace victory. He has awarded 13 yellow cards from just four games.

Key games elsewhere

This round of the League Cup is throwing up several exciting fixtures, including West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur, Frank Lampard’s Derby County against his former club Chelsea and Manchester City playing host to Fulham.

Remember, there will be a result on the night - in the event of a draw after 90 minutes, there is no extra time - and the game will be decided on penalties.

If Palace win, the club will enter the quarter-finals in the week commencing Monday 17th December.  The draw will be made after the Derby County v Chelsea game live on Sky Sports.



Big game flashback

Palace emphatically won the 1994 Division One title by claiming victory on the penultimate day of their season away to Boro. Gareth Southgate, David Whyte and Chris Armstrong combined to notch up the Eagles’ three goals in a convincing 3-2 win.

Middlesbrough finished 9th that season and Palace were promoted back into the Premier League at the first time of asking. The following year however, Palace were relegated back to Division One as four teams were sent down from the top-flight.

Is the game on TV in the UK?

First Team

Listen to 'Boro v Palace Live On Wednesday Night

4 November 2018

No! But you can listen to full radio commentary of the game for just £1.49 on Palace Audio.  Available on the official Palace app and on eagles.cpfc.co.uk, this is a must for any supporter avoiding a long trip up north and wishing to stay close to the action. Buy now!

Live updates will be published on our official Twitter page  and highlights will be available on Palace TV at midnight.

Tickets and travel

Tickets for the game are currently on general sale at £15 for adults, £10 for seniors (65+) and £5 for under 18s. Season ticket holders may purchase at the discounted prices of £10 for adults, £5 for seniors and £2 for under 18s. These can be bought online, in person or over the phone.

If travelling by car, leave the A1 (M) at junction 49, signposted to Teesside, and join the A168, which after approximately 11 miles will become the A19. Approximately 19 miles later take the A66 eastbound towards Middlesbrough town centre. Stay on A66 past the town centre (on your right) and follow signs to the stadium, which you will see on your left.

Train services run from King’s Cross with one change en route. It’s approximately a 15-20 minute walk to the Riverside Stadium from Middlesbrough Station.

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Match Reports

Report: Middlesbrough 1-0 Crystal Palace

31 October 2018

A determined Crystal Palace side narrowly lost to Tony Pulis' resolute Middlesbrough in the League Cup round-of-16 thanks to an eye-catching effort from Lewis Wing.

Wing scored the only goal of the night with a fantastic drilled shot from distance that secured Boro's progression into the Cup's quarter-finals where they will face Burton Albion.

His goal always seemed likely as Middlesbrough got off to a bright start at the Riverside, breaking into Palace's box several times within the first few minutes as Eagles shot-stopper Vicente Guaita found himself repeatedly collecting the ball sooner than he'd have hoped to.

Boro appeared to have been gifted a golden opportunity when Martin Braithwaite set himself up on the end of a Paddy McNair cross only to find himself unable to bring the ball down in time to strike at the Eagles' net.

Minutes later, as the chilled Teesside atmosphere built, captain Grant Leadbitter looked to threaten the Palace goal but sent a well-drilled effort over the crossbar from the edge of the penalty box.

Boro continued to threaten and Braithwaite would have found himself through on goal had it not been for a trademark Aaron Wan-Bissaka tackle to dispossess the Danish forward.

The game had become more evenly weighted 20 minutes in, and neither side seriously threatened the other. Palace's best chance of the half came when Andros Townsend sent a lofted ball over the Boro box from close to the byline only to see his cross not capitalised upon.

Shortly after, Jeffrey Schlupp ran powerfully into the opposition's box but was frustrated to see his effort deflected into the hands of a diving Dimitrios Konstantopoulos.

Schlupp, in his second attempt on the home side's goal moments later, again found himself testing Konstantopoulos but struck straight at the 'keeper who held the ball well.

However it was Boro who came closest in the first 30 minutes as Jordan Hugill shot inches over from close-range following a probing ball by Daniel Ayala. Shortly after, Braithwaite stormed into the Palace box only to head wide from distance having gotten his head to McNair's inswinging cross.

Hugill completed a trio of Boro chances in quick succession when he shot over Guaita's crossbar.

Jordan Ayew had a brief chance to take the lead for the Eagles, but was swiftly challenged by two home players to nullify his threat. However, it was Middlesbrough who would celebrate as the second half drew to a close when Wing rifled the ball into the top left of the visitor's net from distance to break the deadlock.

Palace started the second half a much improved side, and, having switched to a 4-3-3 lineup, were able to drive their way into the home side's box from the off. Max Meyer saw a shot sail close to the post in the 47th minute as the Eagles appeared rejuvenated.

Ayew again found his attempts on goal well dealt with as his shot from close range was, much like before, blocked by a resolute home defence. 

At the hour mark, the game's second half was still yet to yield a goal but it seemed that Palace were the more likely side to score it as they found themselves threatening in the Boro box continually, only to see their pressure result in nothing.

Despite Palace's apparent initial spell of dominance, the game had settled down by the 70th minute and Boro saw their only chance of note rise over the bar from a speculative Saville effort.

At the other end of the pitch, Meyer couldn't take advantage of a fine cross so instead watched his scuffed shot scooped up by a thankful Konstantopoulos while Boro found themselves ruing Fletcher's missed header minutes later.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka forced the home side into holding their breath as he consecutively threaded in two exceptional balls only for a dense Boro defence to do as they had all night and nullify Palace's onslaught with numbers in the box. Townsend came close with only minutes of the game left, but couldn't bury his effort past a strong home 'keeper.

The assault from Palace didn't ease up for the remainder of the match but, by the end of the night, it was only Wing's exceptional goal which separated the sides and Middlesbrough finished eventual winners.

Palace: Guaita, Souare (Woods 78), Riedewald, Kelly, Wan-Bissaka, Schlupp, Puncheon (Kaikai 84), Meyer, Townsend, Sørloth, Ayew (Milivojevic 65). Unused subs: Speroni, Kirby, Williams, Wickham.

Middlesbrough: Konstantopoulos, McNair, Ayala, Batth, Friend, McQueen (Saville 29), Leadbitter, Wing, Tavernier, Braithwaite (Fletcher 65), Hugill (Gestede 56). Unused subs: Lonergan, Wood, Stubbs, Chapman.

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Ticket News

TICKETS: Middlesbrough On General Sale

10 October 2018

Tickets for Palace's Carabao Cup Fourth Round match against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium on Wednesday 31st October will be on sale from 5.30pm today (Wednesday 10th October) online only, and then via all other methods from 9am on Thursday 11th October.

Tickets for the 8pm kick-off will be on sale to all supporters, with no membership or Season Ticket required.

Tickets will be priced at:

Season Ticket Holders
Adults: £10
Over 65s: £5
Under-18s: £2

Non Season Ticket Holders
Adults: £15
Over 65s: £10
Under-18s: £5

Tickets can be bought in the following ways:

  • Online - you will need to create a new Palace Account to use this serviceRegister or find out more
  • By calling 08712 000 071 (lines open 9am - 5.30pm weekdays, 9am - 12.30pm on non-match Saturdays)
  •  In person at the Box Office between 9am - 5.30pm Monday-Saturday and 10am - 4pm on Sundays.

Please note that all tickets posted will incur a £1.50 postage fee per booking. Disabled supporters will also receive a free Personal Assistant ticket. 

Coach travel is available for this game, departing Selhurst Park at 12pm and priced at £33 per seat.

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