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27 August 2019 Venue Selhurst Park Attendance

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Palace Preview: Eagles aiming to kick-start Carabao Cup v Colchester

27 August 2019

Just three days after playing in the Premier League against Manchester United, Crystal Palace will today host Colchester United in the Carabao Cup Round Two, hoping to kick-start this season’s campaign strongly after a historic league win over the Red Devils.

Last year in the Carabao Cup, Palace overcame West Bromwich Albion and then Swansea City before falling to Championship side Middlesbrough in Round Five.

Their opponents this evening come to Selhurst Park with a turbulent recent record against the Eagles, losing their last three competitive matches with the south Londoners. In a 2016 pre-season friendly - the most recent clash between the two clubs - Palace ran out as victors thanks to a single Jordon Mutch goal at the JobServe Community Stadium.

Playing that day were current Eagles such as Connor Wickham, Andros Townsend and Scott Dann.

Last season in the League Cup, the U’s faced fellow League Two club Cheltenham Town and held the Robins to a 2-2 draw before being defeated in a penalty shootout. This year, they dismantled Swindon Town with a 3-0 victory, each side seeing a man sent off after a 62nd-minute altercation. With such a strong victory under their belts, today's visitors will be energised opponents for Roy Hodgson's men.

Against Palace, however, Colchester have been eliminated from the League Cup on two occasions, 1975-76 and 1999/2000, and the Eagles have impressively won 10 of their 11 most recent home clashes in the tournament. 

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But it is Palace's immediate league form which will attract most attention, with the south Londoners recording a remarkable 2-1 victory over Manchester United last weekend. Perhaps knocked for energy reserves with the two games falling so close together, the Eagles will be motivated no end by their first league win over United since 1991.

The victory also saw Hodgson break the club’s record for most Premier League wins - 25 - and made Palace the first side in history to score an away winner in the 90th-minute at Old Trafford.

Summer business

Colchester enjoyed a relatively busy summer transfer window this year, taking on seven players.

One of their most notable additions is talented No.10 Jevani Brown, who joined the U’s from Cambridge Town after a successful trial period. With over 180 career appearances to his name and caps for Jamaica at Under-17 level, Brown is one to watch tonight and has started all six of Colchester’s league and cup matches this season.

SEE ALSO: Ayew: It's just the beginning from me

Another player to have earned six consecutive starts in this campaign is goalkeeper Dean Gerken. Gerken rejoined Colchester this summer having developed in the club’s academy system between 2002-04, making his first-team debut in 2004 against Brentford. In 2007, he was named Colchester’s Young Player of the Year and has made over 130 appearances for the side over his two spells.

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Danger man

Luke Norris is currently League Two's joint-second top scorer, with four goals in just five games. Norris opened Colchester's account for the season in a 1-1 draw with Port Vale and has bagged in his last three appearances.

How to follow

Tickets are available for this match and can be bought here on general sale. Tonight is also the perfect occasion to bring the family down, with under-12s able to come for free. Buy tickets here!

This game will not be shown live on television in the UK but you can still stay in the loop even if you're unable to make it to Selhurst.

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Fans can buy a Season Pass for £38, a Monthly Pass (which auto-renews) at £4.49 per month, or a 24-Hour Pass (for a single matchday) for £1.49 by clicking here. 

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Social media

You can check out our Instagram story for eye-catching footage of all of the pre-match build-up and our official Twitter page will be bringing you up-to-the-minute match updates, stunning photos and more.

The official app

The official Palace app’s match centre is the place to be for everything you need during today’s clash. With live stats, a running match commentary feed and lineups the moment they’re released as well as all an instant match report and post-match reaction from Palace TV, there’s no need to leave the app to follow the Eagles’ efforts.

Download our app for free here!

International fans

If you're wondering where the nearest official fan club is to you, you can click here to find out.

Did you know you can become an International Member from just £45 and receive benefits such as guaranteed tickets for any home league game and exclusive live Palace TV streams for selected games? You can - by buying here!

Don't miss the Eagles back in action at Selhurst tonight and buy your ticket here!

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Match Reports

Palace exit Carabao Cup

27 August 2019

Crystal Palace exited the Carabao Cup as League Two side Colchester United progressed via a penalty shootout, winning 5-4.

  • Camarasa handed Palace debut as Hodgson makes 10 changes from Saturday’s 2-1 win over Manchester United
  • Almost dream start for Camarasa with cracking effort, well-saved after three minutes
  • Benteke hits bar on 33 minutes, Selhurst celebrated but goal-line technology shows the ball didn’t cross the line
  • Gary Cahill comes on at half-time for Martin Kelly
  • Woods goes close to scoring on his full debut
  • Ayew & Zaha come on as Palace push for the decider
  • Penalty shooutout decides game (5-4 to the U's)

Victor Camarasa arrived at Palace in an exciting final few days of the transfer window for Palace fans. However, Eagles have had to wait for a glimpse of the on loan midfielder in the red and blue stripes, with that arriving tonight; a wait that was well worth it.

On three minutes, Camarasa had the first chance of the game, with a rifled effort from 20 yards that Dean Gerken saved well; the shot came off the back of intricate and patient build-up from Hodgson’s side, with Max Meyer in particular pulling the strings.

The League Two side weren’t intimidated by the attacking line-up named by Hodgson and the second proper chance of this Carabao Cup tie fell to the U’s on nine minutes; Wayne Hennessey getting down well to his left as Ryan Clampin looked to arrow one across goal.

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Camarasa was showing plenty of agility and guile in between the Essex-based side’s midfield and defensive banks, a position that saw the midfielder cut through the back four with a perfectly weighted pass to Christian Benteke.

An on-rushing Gerken did well to thwart the Belgium international as he looked to have dinked the ball into the net.

Benteke was again denied what looked like a certain goalscoring opportunity, this time the bar and goal-line technology keeping the striker off the scoresheet in the first-half, despite Selhurst Park erupting in premature jubilation.

Half-time saw Gary Cahill come on for Martin Kelly, but it was another centre-back who was making an impression. Sam Woods, who was making his first senior start for the south Londoners, was being played at right-back tonight and making an impact.

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After some neat hold-up play from Benteke, Woods found himself teed up by the forward, and from six-yards out Gerken threw an arm up and impressively stopped Woods from a dream full debut.

As Palace looked to make their sustained possession count, with just under 30 minutes left Wilfried Zaha entered proceedings with Connor Wickham making way.

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However, the next dangerous attacking moment came from the League Two side, with Ryan Jackson taking his time to line up a long-range effort that was blocked by Woods before dangerously bobbling out for Colchester corner.

Saturday’s Man of the Match, as voted for by you, became Hodgson’s third and final sub with Jordan Ayew replacing Max Meyer on 73 minutes. And the Ghanaian was instantly involved, releasing Townsend down the right-hand side, with the winger’s cross finding Benteke who managed to get the shot on target, but a deflection took the sting out of the effort and Gerken collected comfortably.

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The game drifted out in the closing 15 minutes, both teams not wanting to exit the cup in late, dramatic fashion. Therefore, we went to penalties.  

Palace's designated penalty takers were Townsend (saved), Ayew (scored), Benteke (scored), Camarasa (scored) and Zaha (scored).

Colchester United's chosen five were Norris, Nouble, Brown, Cowan-Hall and Chilvers, with all of the U's' players scoring from the spot meaning that Palace exited the Carabao Cup in the Second Round.

Palace: Hennessey, Woods, Kelly (Cahill 45), Dann,, Riedewald, McCarthy, Camarasa, Townsend, Meyer (Ayew 73), Wickham (Zaha 62), Benteke. Subs Not Used: Henderson, Kouyate, Tavares, Kirby.

Colchester United: Gerken, Jackson, Prosser, Senior (Cowan-Hall), Norris, Comley, Eastman, Gambin (Brown 79), Stevenson (Chilvers 77), Clampin, Nouble. Subs Not Used: Ross, Kensdale, Poku, James.


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Ticket News

Support the lads tonight after historic Utd win!

27 August 2019

Crystal Palace play host to Colchester United in the second round of the Carabao Cup tonight (Tuesday 27 August), at 19:45 BST.

Tickets for the fixture at Selhurst Park are on general sale now and cost £20, with senior concessions paying £10, £5 for 12-17-year-olds and under 12s go free if their ticket is purchased in advance with an adult/concession ticket. Supporters are strongly encouraged to purchase their ticket in advance tonight to avoid lengthy queues in person. 

Palace supporters have the choice of sitting in the Main Stand, Whitehorse Lane end (typically most suitable for families), the Holmesdale Road Lower stand only, with turnstiles opening at 18:15. The Arthur Wait stand is not open to home supporters for this fixture.

Colchester United supporters will sit in Blocks S & T of the Arthur Wait stand, with turnstiles opening at 17:45. Visiting supporters should purchase tickets from Colchester United’s Box Office in advance.

All ticket holders are welcome in the Fanzone outside the Main Stand from 17:00. 

Click here for general admission tickets, and click here for Premium options.

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