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29 August 2020 Venue Selhurst Park Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Crystal Palace
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Charlton Athletic

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Match Previews

Palace Preview: Local rivals meet in Eagles' first of two south London friendlies

27 August 2020

Crystal Palace host south London rivals Charlton Athletic today (Saturday, 29th August - 14:00 BST) in their second pre-season game of the summer, with the Addicks arriving at Selhurst preparing for a campaign back in League One.

Charlton’s competitive season is just days away from starting, as Lee Bowyer’s men kick-off against Wimbledon in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night. With Palace’s league clash against Southampton not for another 11 days after, it is unsurprising that Charlton have played one more friendly already and taken part in a training camp near Birmingham.

First Team

Eberechi Eze's first interview as a Crystal Palace signing on Zaha and Bolasie

29 August 2020

The Addicks’ pre-season results so far have seen a 1-1 draw with Birmingham City and a 2-3 loss against Southend United. Bowyer previously described a Carabao Cup tie on September 5th as “a pre-season friendly… a warm-up game.”

The key for Bowyer and his charges will be regaining the south London club’s place in the Championship, having been relegated in dramatic fashion at the end of 2019/20. Since 2008/09, the Addicks have moved between the two leagues regularly.

Despite playing in the recent game against Southend, it is uncertain whether former Eagle Jonny Williams will face his old club, with the Academy graduate called up to the Wales squad for fixtures starting on September 3rd.

He joins Wayne Hennessey for clashes against Finland and Bulgaria.

The man to watch for Palace will of course be new signing Eberechi Eze, who is in contention to face the Addicks. Eze put pen to paper this week in a five-year deal for the Eagles, swapping west for south London in a move from Queens Park Rangers.

The Greenwich-born attacker adds to Palace's growing list of south London talent who could feature in this derby.


As supporters know, Palace and Charlton have a well-contested rivalry, though it has simmered down somewhat in recent years. Having shared Selhurst Park in the ‘80s, the Eagles and Addicks then battled it out for several years to become south London’s top team - with the two sides competing regularly in the second-tier.

Charlton supporters may have felt they enjoyed the last laugh in 2004/05, when a 2-2 draw on the final day of the season ensured Palace’s relegation. But with the Addicks’ own demotion two campaigns later, the pair have only spent three seasons together over the last 13 years. 

Charlton’s slip into the third-tier and Palace’s sustained Premier League status means the sides have locked horns just seven times since last meeting in the top-flight. 

The most recent of these clashes was a memorable 4-1 victory in SE25 as Charlton travelled across south London in the 2015/16 League Cup. A goal from Fraizer Campbell and a Dwight Gayle hat-trick that day ensured Palace’s progression, with Charlton reduced to 10-men following Alou Diarra’s dismissal. 

South London's top team, for the time being at least, is no longer contested.

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One to watch

Dillon Phillips earned Charlton’s Player of the Year last season, with the 25-year-old ‘keeper playing in every minute of the 19/20 Championship campaign. The Academy graduate made the most saves of any shot stopper in the league, and is a long-serving figure at the club.

He featured in Charlton’s recent loss against Southend, so can be expected to line-up at Selhurst.

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The manager

Charlton manager Lee Bowyer played for the Addicks between ‘94-96 after playing in their youth system. He then had a long and successful spell with Leeds United as a midfielder and earned an England cap in 2001.

Pre Season

Crystal Palace's pre-season friendlies record - including 13-1 v GAK

25 August 2020

Bowyer turned his attention towards coaching in 2015, first working with Watford Under-21s and then moving to Charlton, where he became assistant to now-Oxford United manager Carl Robinson in 2017. After Robinson’s departure in 2018, Bowyer took over on a caretaker basis and eventually received several short-term permanent contracts. 

He secured promotion to the Championship in May 2019 and signed a three-year deal after the club’s takeover in January 2020.

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The official app

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Match Reports

Report: Eze sparkles in Palace siege against Charlton

Crystal Palace 3-0 Charlton Athletic

29 August 2020

Eberechi Eze couldn’t have faced a better half to begin his Palace career with. A pre-season friendly at home to local rivals may seem an opportune start in itself, but add near-faultless 45 minutes into the equation and Eze’s first outing in red and blue became an ideal kick-off to life in SE25.


  • Eberechi Eze starts his first game for Palace as Roy Hodgson makes three changes to the side which kicked-off v Oxford United
  • Palace start on the front foot and don't relent all half
  • Andros Townsend aims an overhead-kick at goal and Jordan Ayew hits the post, but the Eagles cannot open their account
  • Half-time: Palace 0-0 Charlton
  • Palace return for a calmer second-half, but retain their spot as the dominant side
  • Ayew opens the scoring with a smart close-range goal on the end of a Zaha cross
  • Ayew makes it two in four minutes later to secure Palace's victory
  • Close to full-time, Zaha scores Palace's excellent third
  • The Eagles end the game with six Academy prospects on the pitch
  • Full-time: Palace 3-0 Charlton

It may have been a bright opener for Eze, but things didn’t start so well for Charlton, who, after being caught in the Croydon traffic pre-match, then faced a relentless spell of Palace pressure as the Eagles dominated the game’s early possession.

That possession led to Palace’s first most notable chance when Andros Townsend - in trademark style - cut in from the right-wing and unleashed a soaring shot at goal. Experienced ‘keeper Ben Amos, however, was equal to the effort and pushed it wide of the post. 

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But the save couldn’t hold Palace’s pressure off for long and, barely 20 seconds later, new signing Eze chipped a smart ball onto a Townsend overhead. Eze's dream start and an early annual Goal of the Year contender from Townsend were both blocked out, but Palace appeared driven and sharp - with a goal seemingly moments away.

Eze struck again to hunt his first Palace goal and James McArthur headed into Amos’ hands, as the XI in red and blue wondered how the score remained stuck at 0-0. 

Eze shot left, Zaha struck right, Ayew and Townsend fired down the middle, but the home side still couldn’t break the deadlock. 

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The Eagles held their dominance firm, but the visiting Addicks began to creep into their half more regularly. Palace sought to punish them for such roams forward by countering with urgency, and, on one occasion, Darren Pratley was cautioned for a foul on Ayew as late as his club’s team bus.

Despite not finding the net after multiple chances, Palace could be encouraged by an opening half an hour that saw Eze inject a huge amount of energy and sting into a sharp and talented front four. Their swiftly developed connection was epitomised when Eze fed a fizzing ball towards Zaha, who dummied it blindly for Townsend to launch a shot at goal. Also epitomising the frustration of the game, Amos held the shot - but it was a build-up deserving of an opener.

Ayew joined the united effort as he struck from a few yards at a congested Charlton goal-line and then hit the post from a free-kick. But even last season’s top scorer couldn’t open Palace’s account, and the Eagles entered the dressing room scratching their heads at not being several goals ahead, let alone level at 0-0. 

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With half-time through, Jeffrey Schlupp took Eze’s place after a fine performance - and Palace’s grip on offensive possession didn’t loosen. 

At the other end of the pitch, however, keeping the Eagles’ backline alert, George Lapslie prepared to shoot from eight yards only to be dispossessed by an expertly timed Tyrick Mitchell challenge. The hosts reasserted their attacking intent when Zaha cut-back to a suffocated Townsend, but Charlton defended with somewhat less panache than young Mitchell managed.

The visitors, having established more a foothold in the clash, then made a host of changes at the hour mark - re-fielding their entire starting XI. 

Perhaps it was this shake up, or more likely it had been coming all game, but Palace finally found their opener. Testing his newly designated opponent, Zaha surged down the left-wing and fed Ayew in the centre of the box. Positioned perfectly, the Ghanaian forward struck home from close range and deservedly secured the lead.

The Eagles then made their own set of changes and Charlton sought to mirror Palace’s immediate goal following a shake-up, but former Eagle Jonny Williams was denied by compatriot Wayne Hennessey from five yards.

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Having eventually found the net after an hour of trying relentlessly, Palace were not to fall quiet again. Ayew, hungry for his second, mopped up a low Townsend through-ball and cannoned home from 12 yards or more - condensing his side’s then-tally into a remarkable four minutes.


Eberechi Eze's first training session with Crystal Palace pre-Charlton

29 August 2020

Having secured a two-goal cushion, the Eagles brought on five further Academy prospects for valuable first-team experience - and the game finally settled down to a calmer pace, contrasting the three-ring circus Charlton endured for most of the 90 minutes.

That didn't mean the Eagles would fully relent, however, as Zaha danced his way through to their goal-mouth, driving home to earn himself a deserved notch on the scoreboard and push the end result to a fairer reflection of the game overall.

Palace: Hennessey, Ward (Kirby 64), Kouyaté (Woods 78), Dann (Inniss 78), Mitchell (Kelly 64), Townsend (Pierrick 78), Riedewald (Jach 78), McArthur (Malachi Boateng 78), Eze (Schlupp 45), Zaha, Ayew (Gordon 83).

Sub not used: Henderson. 

Charlton: Amos (Phillips 60), Matthews (Clarke 60), Oshilaja (Mingi 60), Pratley (Ness 60), Purrington (Aidoo 60), Forster-Caskey (Morgan 60), Vennings (Dempsey 60), Lapslie (Oztumer 60), Dougthy (Williams 60), Washington (Davison 60), Bonne (Baker-Richardson 60).

Full highlights and post-match reaction will be available on this game for free via Palace TV. To watch, either click here or 'Palace TV' within the app!

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