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Preview: Blackpool

7 December 2012

35 days since swapping the seaside for south London, Ian Holloway welcomes a number of familiar faces to Selhurst Park as the Blackpool side he assembled take on their former manager.

Michael Appleton arrived from Portsmouth to fill Ollie's shoes and has so far remained undefeated as Seasiders boss, however he only picked up the first win of his reign last weekend with an emphatic 4-1 win against bottom club Peterborough.

The Tangerines have only lost once in their last eight outings and have picked up as many points on their travels as they have at Bloomfield Road, largely thanks to the goals of Tom Ince who has racked up 13 so far this campaign.

Crystal Palace: Joel Ward is struggling through illness but Andre Moritz and Darcy Blake are both back in contention after recovering from a dead leg and illness respectively. Jonny Williams is back in full training. Paddy McCarthy remains out with a groin problem.

Blackpool: The Seasiders' attack has been depleted since Gary Taylor-Fletcher tore a hamstring and winger Matt Phillips has a toe injury. They will also be without Ian Evatt who has a knee concern. 

Referee: Keith Stroud
Assistants: Darren Blunden and Michael Bull
Fourth Official: Dean Treleaven

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD: (home and away)
Palace winsDrawsBlackpool wins
FA Cup121
League Cup210

Palace and Blackpool first met in league opposition over 90 years ago in the Eagles' first ever season in Division Two. The Sidesiders visited The Nest in October 1921 when a goal from Bill Hand was sufficient to earn victory for Palace, but Blackpool’s first visit to Selhurst Park saw them claim 2-1 victory in February 1925.

It would be 43 years until the Tangerines returned to SE25 in league action when Mark Lazarus, Steve Kember and Tom White scored in a 3-1 win that dented Blackpool’s promotion hopes. The fixture on 28th December 1969 took place in very wintry weather, and after 43 minutes the referee abandoned the game with the score at 1-1. The rearranged match took place the following month and Blackpool’s 2-1 victory was the last time that season the Palace tasted defeat as the club then went on a 16 match unbeaten run that ended with promotion to Division One.     

The 1970/71 season was the only time that Palace and Blackpool have faced each other in the top flight and a solitary goal from Gerry Queen in September 1970 gave Palace the points. Since then we have played out six league games at Selhurst with Palace only winning once back in October 2009.

Blackpool last visited Selhurst in August 2011 to face a Palace team on a four match winning run. The first half had belonged to the Seasiders and it was really no surprise when they took the lead just before half-time through Gary Taylor-Fletcher. After an hour manager Dougie Freedman brought on Glenn Murray and the striker popped up with an equaliser with 10 minutes to go as the sides played out another draw.

This game is a category B match and tickets will be available to purchase up until kick-off.

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There are roadworks locally to the ground so please allow yourself extra time for your journey to Selhurst.

Sainsburys car park
Sainsbury's Crystal Palace have installed a vehicle identification parking system in their car park on Whitehorse Lane which will come into force from Thursday 29th November. The maximum stay allowed on a match day for supporters will be 4 hours 30 minutes and this will be free of charge. If you exceed this period of time an automatic charge of £70 will be sent to you.

Please can you ensure that you:
  • Keep within the 4 hour 30 minute period.
  • Avoid disabled bays unless you have a valid blue badge.
  • Only use parent and child bays if you qualify.
  • Only park in marked bays.
Matchday programme
This edition's main feature is with Julian Speroni who will enter Palace's top 20 appearance holders if he plays tomorrow. He chats about his time at the club and the numerous changes in personnel, his highs and lows and  the current crop of players. We also catch up with Owen Garvan who reveals why he took the second penalty against Brighton, plus all the best reaction from last Saturday's derby day win. All this, plus the usual features, stats and columns, for just £3.

Palace to win: 11/10
Draw: 5/2
Blackpool to win: 13/5

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