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Palace Preview: Newly boosted Fulham a hidden threat for Hodgson's Eagles

22 October 2020

Crystal Palace return to a happy hunting ground from recent years as they make the short trip across London to face Fulham at Craven Cottage, with the Eagles looking to go a third consecutive game unbeaten in SW6.

Palace's last visit to south-west London saw them open the 2018/19 season with a 2-0 victory - Jeffrey Schlupp and Wilfried Zaha securing the three points. In the reverse clash at Selhurst, Palace ran out as victors by the same scoreline thanks to Luka Milivojevic and Schlupp's late second.

With the Cottagers relegated that season, the two teams haven't competed since, and Palace return to Thameside keen to regain success against a struggling Fulham side.

Scott Parker's men have collected just a single point this season, finishing 1-1 with Sheffield United last Sunday - their first Premier League draw in 24 games. They currently sit 20th in the top-flight table but will take courage from their point with the Blades and falling to only a narrow defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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The Whites strengthened their hand quite considerably over summer - adding the likes of Kenny Tete, Tosin Adarabioyo and Terence Kongolo to their ranks. But it is perhaps their loan captures that stand out the most: Ademola Lookman, former Eagle Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola and Nigeria international Ola Aina amongst others.

This new-look Fulham squad will take on a familiar face - with Roy Hodgson a popular man amongst Cottagers. Hodgson infamously led Fulham to the Europa League final in 2009/10, scooping LMA Manager of the Year by a landslide in doing so.

He comes head to head with a former England player in Parker, with Hodgson fielding the midfielder regularly during the early stages of his Three Lions tenure.

Did you know?

There is an age gap of 33 years and 65 days between Parker and Roy Hodgson, the second biggest between two English managers for a Premier League game after the 35 years and 38 days between Hodgson and Swansea City’s Leon Britton in December 2017.

In fact, this age gap is greater than the age of any player to have appeared for Scott Parker in his managerial career so far.

Furthermore, Fulham – who are on a record run of 11 consecutive top-flight London derby defeats – have lost 20 of their last 23 Premier League games in the capital (W2 D1).

The Whites' Aleksandar Mitrovic has lost all 11 Premier League London derbies in which he’s played, the highest 100% loss rate in the competition’s history.

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Tactical overview

Fulham seek to play a smart, possession-based style of football with their talented squad. So far, they have enjoyed the sixth-most touches in the league, with many passages of play being fed out wide.

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Key frontman Mitrovic - who bagged 11 league goals in 18/19 - is then well-supplied by regular crosses and will be a significant threat to Palace's backline.

Adept ball-playing figures such as Loftus-Cheek, Lookman and even centre-back Adarabioyo mean this approach will doubtless bear fruit at times this season, however the Cottagers may still be adapting to life in the top-flight and waiting for newer signings to settle.

Team news

Palace were boosted in their recent clash with Brighton & Hove Albion by the return of several previously sidelined players. Schlupp and Gary Cahill earned starts, while Nathaniel Clyne and Patrick van Aanholt made the bench.

However, Wayne Hennessey, James McCarthy, Jordan Ayew, Martin Kelly, Scott Dann and Max Meyer were not named in the squad. 

Fulham appear to be without Tete and Harrison Reed.

Stay tuned to cpfc.co.uk, the official Palace app and all of our social media channels for further updates.

How to follow

On TV

Fulham v Palace will be shown live in the UK via BT Sport Box Office. Full details can be found here.

First Team

Fulham v Crystal Palace match information - kick-off time, date and how to watch

23 October 2020

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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.

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International fans

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

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Match Reports

Report: Confident Palace ease past Fulham despite late consolation

Fulham 1-2 Crystal Palace

24 October 2020

Crystal Palace put frustrating recent results behind them with a confident 1-2 victory over Fulham, enjoying a characteristic performance that saw them defend with aplomb and attack with ruthless impact.

Summary

  • Roy Hodgson makes three changes to the side which kicked-off against Brighton & Hove Albion, handing Nathaniel Clyne his first start since returning
  • After a quiet first few minutes, the Eagles take an early lead when Wilfried Zaha feeds Jairo Riedewald excellently in the box
  • Fulham hit the post twice as Zaha troubles the hosts
  • Michy Batshuayi's goal is ruled out for offside
  • Half-time: Fulham 1-0 Crystal Palace
  • The second-half begins much like the first
  • Palace add a second through Zaha after two fine passes by Andros Townsend and Michy Batshuayi
  • Tyrick Mitchell and Batshuayi enjoy shots on target, but goalkeeper Alphonse Areola denies both 
  • Aboubakar Kamara is sent off for a foul on Eberechi Eze
  • Zaha hits the back of the net but is also ruled out for offside
  • Tom Cairney nets an eye catching late consolation
  • Full-time: Fulham 1-2 Crystal Palace

Throughout a steady, uneventful start, Crystal Palace sat back in the face of Fulham’s seemingly urgent possession. In typical Palace fashion, the Eagles appeared calm and composed with their gameplan, perhaps pre-empting what happened next.

Wilfried Zaha, also in typical Palace fashion, collected the ball along the left and worked his way to the hosts’ box before chopping into space for a shot on goal. Recent signing Alphonse Areola did well to deny the effort at his near post but the Cottagers couldn’t prevent Zaha from regaining possession.

With the ball back at his feet, the Ivorian slipped a visionary pass into Jairo Riedewald’s path, and the Palace midfielder slotted home accordingly.

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Fulham responded when possession returned their way at the restart, forcing Vicente Guaita to knock an Ademola Lookman effort onto his near post before the on loan Cottager skewed well wide from distance.

The Eagles upheld their earlier approach, absorbing Fulham’s play with confidence and troubling twice Areola through Zaha; the first well blocked and the second headed wide from close range. 

These threats couldn’t allow Palace to relax, however, as Lookman again thwacked the post before Aleksandar Mitrovic struck over an unguarded goal. Indeed, much of Fulham’s attacking play came through Lookman - reflecting Roy Hodgson’s recent warning about the calibre of the Whites’ summer additions.

But Lookman wasn’t the only on loan frontman trying to impact the afternoon, and for the second game running Michy Batshuayi saw a potential Palace second ruled out for offside, straying too deep into the box before slotting home a rebounded effort five yards from the flailing ‘keeper.

Play settled somewhat for the first-half’s remaining 10 minutes, with half-time signalled after Luka Milivojevic struck a free-kick inches over Areola’s bar.

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Little changed with the players’ reemergence: Palace breaking threateningly in the face of Fulham's largely ineffective possession. 

Riedewald continued to show a tenacious hunger for the ball in midfield, Zaha an electric turn of pace on the wings and the backline a cool, dominant control in the visitors' half - Cheikhou Kouyate and Scott Dann at its heart.

This well-enacted style hinted at the game dipping into a lull; Palace perhaps just holding their lead until the final whistle. But no, instead it paid dividends in an almost predictable manner as the Eagles broke devastatingly.

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The swift attacking passage began with an excellent, deft pass from Andros Townsend into Batshuayi’s path. The Belgium international slid a ball brashly across the face of goal, where Zaha hurled himself forward to prod home and secure Palace their second. Zaha’s hunger for the ball saw him collide forcefully with the post, but pick himself up after a minute on the turf.

Buoyed by their reinforced lead, the Eagles came close to a third when Areola denied Tyrick Mitchell’s first-time effort before Batshuayi’s speculative shot was comfortably held.

Both sides reshuffled their pack: Palace looking to sustain their solid shape and energise the counter through Eberechi Eze and Fulham hunting a late point that grew ever further from their grasp.

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Eze's introduction clearly unsettled his hosts, and shortly after taking to the field fellow substitute Aboubakar Kamara saw red for raking his studs down his opponent's calf.

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25 October 2020

Kamara left the field without complaint, but his undramatic exit wouldn't mark the end of the afternoon's action. Palace guarded their lead with the assurance they displayed all match, softly testing Areola through Patrick van Aanholt - but the real talking points came in added time.

Zaha found Fulham's net from three yards out - the fourth time an Eagle would do so this afternoon. But, at such close range, the Ivorian was adjudged to have been offside, and his nonchalant finish suggested a consensus between player and official.

Moments later, Eze danced through towards Areola, only for the talented 'keeper to block him out, force him wide and leave the midfielder to hit the ball into touch.

Fulham still had a threat in their locker by the 96th minute, however, and finally found the net through a fine, long range Tom Cairney strike.

But it was too little, too late and, by the final whistle, the Palace victory that seemed guaranteed for so long was confirmed. The Eagles could make the short journey home content with a fine display.

Fulham: Areola, Ream, Adarabioyo, Aina, Robinson, Lemina (Reed 79), Cairney, Loftus-Cheek (Reid 74), Anguissa (Kamara 66), Lookman, Mitrovic.

Subs: Rodak, Odoi, Le Marchand, Bryan.

Palace: Guaita, Mitchell, Dann, Kouyate, Clyne (Van Aanholt 72), Schlupp (Eze 76), Riedewald (Sakho 85), Milivojevic, Townsend, Zaha, Batshuayi.

Subs: Henderson, Kelly, Meyer, Benteke.

Stay tuned for full highlights and post-match reaction - available for free via Palace TV here or by clicking 'Palace TV' within the app.

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