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2-1
25 August 2020 Venue Selhurst Park Attendance

Kick off 17:30 (UK)

Crystal Palace
2 - 1
Oxford United

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Match Previews

Palace Preview: 20/21 preparations begin v in-form Oxford United

23 August 2020

Crystal Palace’s preparations for the 2020/21 season begin today (25th August) with a pre-season friendly against Oxford United - and you can watch the full match live with Palace’s TV’s exclusive free broadcast.

It will be the Eagles’ first test since closing out the 19/20 Premier League campaign with a 1-1 draw at home to Tottenham Hotspur, and Roy Hodgson’s men will be looking for a strong return after just three weeks off.

The tight turnaround will no doubt produce some surprising results in the pre-season calendar, such as Everton being 3-0 down within 11 minutes to League One Blackpool and then going on to draw 3-3 by full-time.

Oxford have begun their build-up to the 20/21 third-tier campaign already, after narrowly missing out on promotion to the Championship against Wycombe Wanderers in July.

The U’s have enjoyed three convincing wins so far - notching 4-0, 5-0 and 3-0 victories against Woking, Banbury United and Oxford City respectively. They kick-start their league season away to Lincoln City on Saturday, 12th September - the same day Palace begin theirs.

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History

Palace’s first-team most recently took on Oxford in another pre-season friendly in 2018, with the Eagles running out as 3-1 victors thanks to goals from Wilfried Zaha, Jeffrey Schlupp and Sullay Kaikai. You can read more on that clash here.

But the Eagles and U’s haven’t locked horns in a competitive match since 1998, with Palace running out as 3-1 victors that day. In fact, the south Londoners’ overall record has been pretty consistent against United, winning 10 of the teams’ 17 competitive meetings. Four of those games have been drawn, and the U’s have won on three occasions - most recently 1989.

Did you know?

Palace helped to open Oxford's Kassam Stadium in 2001, in a pre-season 1-1 draw. Oxford went on to win that friendly on penalties for a fitting start to life in their new ground. 

Former U and Palace's long-term Head of Sport Science and Strength & Conditioning Scott Guyett lined-up that day.

One to watch

Defender Rob Dickie scooped Oxford Supporters’ Player of the Season award for 19/20, playing more than any of his teammates and earning attention as a commanding centre-back. At just 24-years-old, he is certainly one to watch not only in 20/21, but in coming seasons, too.

At Selhurst, Eagles fans and players alike will have their focus most keenly held by Matty Taylor and James Henry, who bagged 30 goals between them last season. And with 15 assists on top of that, Palace’s backline will be more than aware of the threat the pair pose should they play. Taylor signed a permanent contract last month, securing his future at the club after spending 19/20 on loan from Bristol City.

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The manager

Karl Robinson has been at United’s helm since March 2018 after departing Charlton Athletic. He then signed a contract extension in August 2019, taking him up to 2022. 

Club News

Former Crystal Palace defender David Woozley catches up with the Eagles

22 May 2019

Robinson nearly led the U’s into the Championship last season, as they finished fourth in an unweighted points system due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the play-offs, United defeated Portsmouth on penalties before falling 1-2 to Wycombe in the final.  

How to follow 

Watch live!

Palace TV will be broadcasting this 17:30 kick-off live for free! You can find out more details here.

Social media

You can check out our Instagram story for all of the pre-match build-up and our official Twitter page is bringing you up-to-the-minute match updates, the best photos and more.

Our club website, cpfc.co.uk, is the place to go for team news on the dot, an instant report and all the post-match votes and views.

The official app

The official Palace app’s match centre is the place to be for everything you need during the United 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.

Download our app for free here!

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Match Reports

Plenty of positives from Palace's 2-1 win over Oxford

25 August 2020

Roy Hodgson will be pleased with the 90 minutes Crystal Palace put in, with the Eagles deservedly turning around the one-goal deficit to win 2-1 at Selhurst Park against League One’s Oxford United.

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In summary

  • Stephen Henderson and Jaïro Riedewald replace Vicente Guaita and Tyrick Mitchell in the XI that started the final Premier League game of the 2019/20 season
  • Cameron Brannagan puts Oxford United 1-0 up on 12 minutes
  • James McCarthy forced off early. Tyrick Mitchell replaces the midfielder, with Riedewald moving into central midfield.
  • Jeffrey Schlupp goes closest for Palace at the beginning and the end of the first-half
  • HT: 0-1
  • Schlupp misses penalty after Wilfried Zaha was fouled
  • Six minutes after the missed penalty, Palace were 2-1 up with goals from Zaha and James McArthur
  • Nya Kirby, Malachi Boateng, John-Kymani Gordon, Ryan Inniss, Sam Woods and Brandon Pierrick all finish the game
  • FT: 2-1

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Oxford United headed to Selhurst Park for their fourth pre-season fixture of the season already, with Karl Robinson having sent his charges out for 90 minutes three days in a row last week.

For the Eagles, this was their first taste of match action since closing out their Premier League season v Tottenham Hotspur on the 26thJuly. Therefore, the difference in match fitness between the two sides was showcased inside the the first minute.

Jeffrey Schlupp, playing in an advanced role as a strike partner to Jordan Ayew, inadvertently found the U’s’ No.9 Matty Taylor from the halfway line when looking to find one of his centre-backs in Scott Dann and Cheikhou Kouyaté.

Cobwebs shaken off, Schlupp would find himself going close to opening the scoring for the south Londoners three minutes later. Ayew found the excellent run of Schlupp down the left-hand side channel of the penalty box. However, with the expectation that Schlupp was perhaps too wide to truly register a target of note, the Ghana international did well to force Simon Eastwood into a smart save low down to his left.

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From the resulting save, Palace kept the pressure on with Andros Townsend, with the winger twisiting and turning to create space before finding Ayew with a neat cross, however last season’s Player of the Season headed just wide.

The opening exchanges saw Palace having the more explosive and eye-catching moments, whilst Karl Robinson’s side enjoyed large spells of possession. Therefore, it was no surprise that the League One side’s opener came at the end of such a spell.

A deep cross was well-won in the air by Taylor, who cushioned smartly down to his on-rushing captain, Brannagan, who smashed home, unopposed, from eight-yards out.

A couple of minutes after going a goal down, Palace were then a man down for a period after James McCarthy was forced off; Tyrick Mitchell eventually coming on, which saw Riedewald pushed up to support James McArthur in the middle.

Palace continued to be the more dominant team, and if the equaliser was to come in the first-half it was looking to most likely involve intricate build-up play between Zaha, Ayew, and Schlupp.

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On 38 minutes Schlupp drove to the byline, cut the ball back to Ayew, however, Palace’s No.9 wasn’t given a moment of space. Fortunately, the blocked shot from Ayew fell back to the striker, who teed up Zaha in a menacing position in the box - but leaning back, our No.11 blazed over.

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Three minutes later it was Schlupp to have another go at finding a way past Stevens; this time a driving run from Zaha from the halfway line enabled Schlupp to make a smart cross-over run to a position that was very similar to the chance he created in the opening minutes - and just like that tight-angled opportunity, an almost carbon copy shot and save was the outcome.

Roy Hodgson brought on Max Meyer at half-time, with Ayew making way. However, Meyer took up a spot on the left-hand side of midfield, with Zaha pushing up top to support Schlupp.

The second-half started with a flurry of chances for the south Londoners, firstly a penalty was awarded after a trademark foul on Zaha. However, Stevens went the same way Schlupp was planning to find the back of the net.

Six minutes later, though, Hodgson’s side would be to 2-1 up. A great ball from Schlupp put Zaha one-on-one and the Ivory Coast international made no mistake with a slotted finish.

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Next it was Townsend with the driving-run-assist, with a fortunate bobble finding an unmarked McArthur at the back post to finish in a similar fashion to Zaha.

A youthful triple-substitution from Hodgson saw Development talents Brandon Pierrick, Sam Woods and Ryan Inniss each have a 20-minute run-out, coming on for Schlupp, Dann and Joel Ward respectively.

Come full-time, Malachi Boateng, Nya Kirby and John-Kymani Gordon had also joined proceedings, with the latter coming close on a couple of occasions to making it a memorable first senior team in-game experience.

Palace closed out the pre-season friendly well; chalking up a deserved win, full of plenty of positives from Academy players picking up invaluable minutes to Schlupp’s excellent link-up play as a striker.

Palace: Henderson, Ward [Inniss, 70], Kouyaté [Kelly, 61], Dann [Woods, 70], Riedewald [Gordon, 80], Townsend [Malachi Boateng, 81], McCarthy [Mitchell, 20], McArthur [Kirby, 75], Zaha, Ayew [Meyer, 45], Schlupp [Pierrick, 70].

Subs Not Used: Hennessey, Jach.

Oxford United first-half XI: Stevens, Long, Moore, Atkinson, Ruffels, McGuane, Gorrin, Brannagan, Foroe, Taylor, Cooper.

Oxford United second-half XI: Stevens [Eastwood, 79], Clare, Dickie, Hall, Mousinho, Kelly, Agyei, Osei Yaw, Ruffels [Lofthouse, 79], Gorrin, Brannagan.

Subs not used: Sykes, Forde, Henry, Hanson, Napa, Asonganyi, Jones.

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