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Palace Preview: Battle-scarred Eagles face leaky Norwich City

30 December 2019

Norwich City haven’t kept a league clean sheet at Carrow Road in almost nine months.

Overcoming Queens Park Rangers 4-0 that day, the Canaries displayed their calibre and the ability that earned them a spot in the Premier League. But since their return to the top flight of English football, east Norfolk hasn’t witnessed a league shut-out since April 2019.

In fact, Daniel Farke’s men have conceded at least twice in each of their last nine Premier League home games - a record extended only by Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2012.

Though while the Canaries sit bottom of the Premier League as they welcome Crystal Palace in the clubs’ first game of 2020, Roy Hodgson’s men would be remiss to overlook the talents of their hosts.

This season - their first in the Premier League since 2015/16 - Norwich have defeated Manchester City and Everton and have drawn with Arsenal and Leicester City. Most recently, Farke’s charges drew with Tottenham Hotspur.

In fact, the majority of Norwich’s success this season has come against the odds - seven of their last 10 points have been from teams starting the day in the table’s top half. The other three came in a victory against Everton, who have since moved into the top 10. 

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Sitting just two points ahead of the Toffees in ninth, Palace will have to be aware. 

But Hodgson’s Eagles will take confidence from their home triumph over the Canaries, in which a Luka Milivojevic penalty and Andros Townsend strike late on helped Palace to seal three points in SE25.

Tactical overview

The Canaries typically field a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Teemu Pukki as the lone frontman. Holding nine goals to his name, Pukki is the Canaries’ top scorer so far and is fed by a fine supply from his midfield support.

Most notably, Emiliano Buendía created 29 chances for his Norwich teammates during December. Since 2003/04, that is the most a player has ever created in a single month.

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Team news

The Eagles still seem to be hit by injury, with seven first-team players being unavailable to face Southampton recently. 

Hodgson was without defensive options Gary Cahill, Scott Dann, Patrick van Aanholt, Joel Ward and Jeffrey Schlupp as well as Andros Townsend in midfield and Christian Benteke up-top.

Hodgson revealed that Martin Kelly played through a strain and Cheikhou Kouyate told Palace TV that he has been suffering from some discomfort in his groin.

SEE ALSO: Eye-catching top facts about Norwich City in the Premier League

Norwich are relatively fortunate with injuries at the moment. Defender Ben Godfrey and forward Josip Drmic are their only notable absentees.

Did you know?

This will be Crystal Palace’s 10th top-flight league game on New Year’s Day – the Eagles have won just one of their previous nine (D4 L4), beating Notts County 1-0 under Steve Coppell.

How to follow

Live TV

This match will be shown live on BT Sport ESPN from 17:15. Immediately after coverage ends, BT will be showing their Team of the Eighties documentary, which focuses on Palace's famous sides under Malcolm Allison and Terry Venables.

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Fans can buy 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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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 the Norwich clash. With live stats and alerts, 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.

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International fans

For fans following from abroad, have a look at our Worldwide TV Listings here. And 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!

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Match Reports

Wickham's late equaliser earns Palace a point against Norwich

1 January 2020

Four Academy players on the bench and an injury at half-time to Mamadou Sakho highlighted the gargantuan effort Crystal Palace have put in over this festive period, a period they've now closed out with a hard-fought 1-1 draw away at Norwich City.

In summary

  • Hodgson names unchanged starting XI from Southampton draw
  • Luka Milivojević goes close with deflected long-ranger inside first minute
  • Todd Cantwell fires home from close range on five minutes to give the Canaries the lead
  • Tim Krul saves Palace’s best effort of the first 45: a header from Jordan Ayew
  • Norwich go close to doubling lead through Emiliano Buendía, Max Aarons and Cantwell
  • HT: 1-0
  • Cheikhou Kouyaté replaces Mamadou Sakho at half-time – Connor Wickham comes on for Max Meyer on 60 minutes
  • Kenny McLean rattles crossbar from close range on 73 minutes
  • Brandon Pierrick becomes the second youngest Palace debutant in the Premier League when he replaces Martin Kelly on 82 minutes
  • Connor Wickham turns home Wilfried Zaha's cross on 86 minutes
  • FT: 1-1

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Crystal Palace started the game at Carrow Road like the home team, dominating possession and patiently waiting to find a way through the Canaries’ banks. An early Milivojević effort from outside the box, which had fallen kindly to him from a Max Meyer cross, was deflected wide.

Zaha was seeing a lot of the ball, orchestrating Palace’s early pressure from a more central position, gliding past players. Cantwell’s opener, therefore, came against the run of play with the midfielder finding himself in the right position in front of Vicente Guaita’s goal to pick up a deflected Buendía pass to slot home on five minutes.

After the opening few minutes, the game drifted to 25 minutes with neither team able to control the game, with play being constantly stopped for minor fouls. Tim Krul was tested on 26 minutes with a well-guided header from Ayew, after Martin Kelly had found space down the right-flank, but the precise technique lacked the required power.

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Norwich responded to Palace’s first shot on target with Buendía going down the other end, controlling a header from Mamadou Sakho well, before volleying on target - the height and direction made it a comfortable save for Guaita.

A pattern was emerging in the match, a ‘bitty’ game for large spells was followed by a Palace chance and then a Canaries counter-attack. Firstly, Jaïro Riedewald had the goal at his mercy but he opted to cut it back instead of shoot. A few loose bobbles occurred in the box before Riedewald then won the ball back but James McArthur was denied a certain goal with a great tackle.

Norwich then broke but Kenny McLean decided to turn inside to Alex Tettey rather than play through Teemu Pukki, eventually the move saw Norwich blaze well over the bar. A couple of minutes later, with the game growing more and more in to an end-to-end spectacle, Cantwell sent a well-connected volley down low to Guaita’s right but the ‘keeper smothered well.

Pukki was the next Norwich player to threaten doubling the Canaries’ lead when the striker went one-on-one with James Tomkins. However, the Eagles centre-back showed all his experience to marshall Pukki before blocking the shot at the perfect moment.

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Just before the half-time whistle Daniel Farke’s side went close again, flooding the Palace box resulted in Aarons being unmarked at the back post with the right-back fizzing an effort just wide of Guaita’s right-hand post.  

Roy Hodgson was forced in to yet another injury-enforced substitute during this busy festive period with Sakho replaced at half-time by Kouyatè.

The first chance of the second-half fell the way of the home side, a free-kick from Buendía brought about a stunning save from Guaita on 54 minutes.

On the hour-mark Hodgson made his second change with Meyer making way for Connor Wickham as Palace looked to make their dominance of possession count in the final third - the reception the former Ipswich Town striker received would be one the home crowd would rue handing out.

A reminder for Palace that despite pressing for the equaliser, there was still a need to defend arrived on 73 minutes when a rare sustained spell of possession for Norwich in the second-half saw Kenny McLean turn well in the box and absolutely smash the ball at Palace’s goal, only to see his effort cannon back off the crossbar.

With less than 10 minutes to go Hodgson made his third and final change, and in doing so handed Brandon Pierrick his Premier League debut - the Academy forward replacing Martin Kelly as Palace went all out to get something from the trip to Carrow Road.

And it worked. Four minutes later former Tractor Boy Wickham turned home Zaha’s low cross - Palace were made to wait to celebrate though with the goal awarded thanks to VAR overturning the initial offside decision. 

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Palace: Guaita, Kelly [Pierrick 82], Tomkins, Sakho [Kouyate 45], Riedewald, McArthur, Milivojevic, McCarthy, Meyer [Wickham 60], Ayew, Zaha.

Subs Not Used: Hennessey, Woods, Daly, Kirby.

Norwich City: Krul, Aarons, Zimmermann, Hanley, Byram, Tettey [Idah 90], Vrančic, Buendia, McLean, Cantwell [Hernández 78], Pukki [Stiepermann 82].

Subs Not Used: McGovern, Lewis, Trybull, Amadou.

 

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