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Palace Preview: Eagles' Fulham streak threatened by in-form Cottagers

28 February 2021

Crystal Palace are in a good position ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Fulham, sitting 10 points and five places above Scott Parker’s side in the table who, in 18th, are battling relegation.

That should not belie an easy game for the Eagles, however, with the Cottagers actually one of the league’s form sides – winning two and drawing two of their last four matches.   

Previous meeting

Palace last met Fulham on 24th October, 2020, with Wilfried Zaha bagging the goal that nudged them to a 2-1 victory. Down to 10 men, a stoppage time effort from Tom Cairney was Fulham’s only consolation.

Team news

New Fulham signing Josh Maja joined on loan from Bordeaux this month and has enjoyed an impressive start, firing home Fulham’s two goals to defeat Everton recently.

Fulham forward and Jamaica international Bobby Decordova-Reid is a familiar face for the south Londoners after netting against Palace for former club Cardiff City in 2019. He signed a permanent contract for Scott Parker’s side last year.

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Palace will be buoyed after their remarkable victory against Brighton & Hove Albion, secured through Jean-Philippe Mateta’s impressive backheel and the stoppage time spectacular from Christian Benteke, his record-equalling fourth strike after the 90th-minute.

Fulham are relatively fortunate in the injury department, with only Cairney confirmed as unavailable. Aleksandar Mitrovic is a doubt.

Opposition

Though Fulham are without a loss in their last six away league matches, Palace have notched three victories against them in their last three meetings.

The Cottagers’ last match saw them take three points in a 1–0 victory against bottom of the league Sheffield United, with striker Ademola Lookman netting a second-half goal - his fourth from 23 appearances this season. Combined with three assists, Lookman has the joint-most direct goal involvements for Fulham this season.

Tactical overview

Though Zaha has bagged the most goals for Palace so far this season (nine), Benteke has registered the most on target shots (17) for the club. Manager Roy Hodgson recently commended the frontman, saying:

“We have a squad and we can only pick 11. The only answer to that is to make certain that when you get your chance, you take your chance. All too often players would prefer to feel sorry for themselves, rather than do what Christian did tonight [v Brighton].”

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Fulham fielded a 4-2-3-1 lineup against Sheffield United but are relatively flexible – usually kicking-off with a back four and switching their midfield and attack depending on the opposition.

The Eagles will have a tough time breaking the visitors down, with the Cottagers having drawn a staggering 10 of their 25 games – second only to Brighton on 11.

The managers

Sunday’s match will see Hodgson reunite with his former club. He led the Cottagers for three years between 2007-2010. Scott Parker transferred to Fulham in 2013 and became manager in 2019 – taking the Londoners up through the Championship play-offs.     

Did you know?

The last time Fulham won against Palace was seven years ago, a 4-1 defeat in October 2013. This will be the two sides’ seventh Premier League meeting.

Never before have Fulham conceded four consecutive league matches against the Eagles and in just one previous meeting, against Wimbledon, have the Eagles earned four or more consecutive top-flight victories.

How to follow

On TV

Palace v Fulham will be shown live in the UK via the BBC. Full details can be found here.

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Fans can buy a 24-Hour Pass (for a single matchday) for £1.49 by clicking here

Find out more about Palace Audio 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, eye catching 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.

The official app

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

International fans

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

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Match Reports

Report: Defensive resolve secures Palace point from driven Fulham

Crystal Palace 0-0 Fulham

28 February 2021

Crystal Palace hosted Fulham at perhaps their most dangerous point this season, with the Cottagers demonstrating the fight that may save their season all afternoon at Selhurst Park. Ultimately, another gritty defensive display earned Palace a point after a challenging second-half.

Summary

  • Roy Hodgson makes two changes to his lineup, starting Patrick van Aanholt and Christian Benteke
  • The game opens at a steady pace, with both sides patient in their approach
  • Palace and Fulham create half-chances through Christian Benteke and Andros Townsend and Joachim Andersen respectively
  • Half-time: Crystal Palace 0-0 Fulham
  • Fulham open the second-half as the brighter side, landing regular but tame shots on target
  • Josh Maja enjoys a series of chances, his best denied instinctively by Vicente Guaita
  • Palace regain their foothold for the final 10 minutes, pushing Fulham back to fight fire with fire
  • Full-time: Crystal Palace 0-0 Fulham

The game began at an even tempo, with each side steadily settling in. It wasn’t until the ninth minute that Palace showcased the turn of pace which has caught so many sides off-guard in recent seasons as Jordan Ayew chipped into the box for Christian Benteke.

The Belgium international opted to chest the ball down and ultimately allowed Tosin Adarabioyo to dispossess him, but the Eagles had flexed their attacking muscles with clear enough intent.

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The Cottagers were alert, however, demonstrating the defensive drive and discipline which has made them so difficult to break-down of late. In the image of manager Scott Parker, the visitors played relentlessly – closing their hosts and frustrating them with urgent, sometimes overzealous, challenges.

Pre-match, Hodgson said "[Fulham’s] play is going to be a lot better than their table position suggests," and so the first 20 minutes proved. This understanding of Fulham’s ability – an 18th-place position belying eight points from four games – enabled the Eagles to play with patience and vision, maintaining their cool in the face of limited opportunity.

This approach almost paid dividends as the game neared its 30th minute, Andros Townsend cutting inside and crossing well before Joachim Andersen inadvertently tipped the ball into Alphonse Areola’s gloves.

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The Danish defender was involved at the heart of the action at the opposite end of the pitch, too, heading past the woodwork from consecutive corners.

But as the half-time whistle neared, neither side could reflect on any major chances during the break – each team knew breaking the other down just once would likely prove crucial in the second 45.

On-loan frontman Josh Maja appeared resolved to land this breakthrough as he tried to catch Vicente Guaita off-guard from 30 yards minutes into the second-half, but the 22-year-old’s effort didn’t trouble the Spaniard at all.

Adarabioyo then joined his teammate in tamely engaging Guaita but again the shot stopper comfortably held the ball as the defender flicked a header goal-bound.

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The half-time message from Parker appeared to demand Fulham tested their hosts with greater frequency and the Whites managed just that: Andersen shooting wide from a distant free-kick, Ademola Lookman flashing the ball across goal and Loftus-Cheek hitting low to Guaita’s right.

The Eagles regained their foothold somewhat after Fulham’s early flurry and Townsend whipped a dangerous free-kick through the box. Re-launching the visitors’ drive, Maja struck inches wide from the edge of the box before Guaita made a sensational save to deny him from far closer.

Their guests fighting with the wind in their sails, Palace’s entire backline showed its desire and passion as they weathered a Fulham storm; Gary Cahill denying Andersen with a perfectly-timed lunge and Guaita flying behind inaccurate shots to ensure his net remained untroubled.

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This clash of determined sides – one to ensure survival and one to ensure parity – resulted in a gritty battle between well-matched players, Palace as hungry to guard their backline as Fulham were to penetrate it.

The home side then turned their attacking pressure on almost in an instant, pinning Fulham around their own box for swathes of the final 10 minutes.

Sustaining some of their earlier attacking threat, Fulham again narrowly struck wide through Adarabioyo as remaining minutes turned to seconds.

Ultimately, the full-time whistle handed both teams a point: Fulham deserving through their testing second-half surge and the Eagles by their defensive grit.

Palace: Guaita, Van Aanholt, Cahill, Kouyate, Ward, Riedewald, Milivojevic, Eze (McCarthy 79), Townsend, Ayew, Benteke.

Subs not used: Butland, Dann, Kelly, Hannam, McCarthy, Mateta, Batshuayi.

Fulham: Areola, Tete, Andersen, Aina (Robinson 45), Adarabioyo, Reed, Decordova-Reid (Cavaleiro 66), Anguissa (Mitrovic 73), Loftus-Cheek, Lookman, Maja.

Subs not used: Fabri, Ream, Lemina, Bryan, Onomah, Kongolo.

For full highlights and post-match reaction from this clash, head over to Palace TV by clicking here or 'Palace TV' within the app!

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