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Preview: Ipswich Town

6 November 2012

Mick McCarthy took charge of his new side for the first time on Saturday and oversaw Ipswich's first win in 13 attempts as they beat Birmingham 1-0 thanks to a goal from top scorer DJ Campbell.

The victory couldn't lift the Suffolk side off the foot of the table though, and Saturday's clean sheet was only their second of the season whilst Palace are one of only two sides who have netted in every Championship game this season.

The Tractor Boys have fared well on their travels though this season, with eight of their 10 points coming away from home but have only scored 11 times all season from their 14 games.

Crystal Palace: Jonny Williams limped off during the Eagles' development game with Middlesbrough last night and won't feature tonight. Paddy McCarthy's groin problem means he is out long-term.
Ipswich Town: Striker Paul Taylor could miss the majority of the season after undergoing surgery on a foot injury, but Guirane N'Daw has shaken off a touch of cramp and should play tonight.

Referee: Darren Sheldrake
Assistants: David Woolford and Andrew Laver
Fourth Official: Ian Cooper

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD: (home and away)
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Ipswich Town Football Club were elected to the Football League in the summer of 1938 and since then the clubs have been regular opponents in the top three divisions. The first meeting at Selhurst Park occurred on 1st April 1939 in Division Three South in the shadow of the worsening situation in Europe and Palace ran out 3-0 winners thanks to goals from Bert Robson, Albert Wilson and Trevor Smith.

Generally speaking Palace just hold the upper hand on our own patch but Ipswich have only lost two of their last six trips to Selhurst Park. One thing that can be said about encounters here is that there should be at least a goal - there has only been one goalless game back in October 1996.     

There have also been some high scoring matches including the memorable 4-1 victory in September 1979. The young Eagles probably produced one of the best performance seen here when an Ipswich side that was brimming with European experience was soundly and skilfully beaten with the win capped off by a superb strike from Jim Cannon. The ball was played out of defence and the captain, having sprinted the length of the pitch, was on hand to volley it into the Whitehorse Lane goal to put Palace top of the old Division One for the first time in the club’s history.

Mark Bright made his Palace debut in the game against Ipswich in November 1986 as Kevin Wilson gave the Tractor Boys a two goal lead after 40 minutes but Bright opened his account a minute before the break. Wilson completed his hat-trick with less than 20 minutes left but almost immediately Kevin Taylor replied with a shot from 35 yards, and in the final minute Ian Wright steered the ball home for the equalising goal – the Bright-Wright partnership had begun.

Seven years ago on 21st October 2003 there was another high-scoring encounter when Andy Johnson and Dougie Freedman goals earned the Eagles a two goal advantage inside the first 15 minutes, only to find themselves 2-3 down with 12 minutes left to play. In the final minute Palace were awarded a penalty which Freedman converted but from the Ipswich kick-off an error let in Shefki Kuqi to run through and claim the winning goal for Ipswich.

Ipswich’s last visit to Selhurst Park came earlier this year on 14th April when just two points separated the clubs in midtable. Palace took the lead nine minutes from half-time against the run of play when some neat link-up play between Nathaniel Clyne and Sean Scannell saw the defender race into the box and square the ball to Chris Martin who swept it home from 12 yards. On the hour mark Jason Scotland sped away down Palace’s left and he ghosted past Clyne to unleash a shot that arrowed past Julian Speroni into the far corner of the net to share the points.

Category B prices apply for this game.

Main Stand 
Adults £30 
Senior Citizen & Student £20 
Under 18s  £15 

Lower Holmesdale 
Adults £22
Snr Citizen & Student £15 
Under 18s £15

Upper Holmesdale 
Adults £25 
Snr Citizen & Student £15
Under 18s £15

Adults £30
Snr Citizen & Student £20

Croydon Advertiser Stand & Block J Main Stand 
Adults £20
Snr Citizen & Student £15 
Under 18s £10 
Under 10s  £5

Arthur Wait Stand 
Adults £26 
Snr Citizen & Student £15
Under 18s £15 

Palace to win: Evens
Draw: 14/5
Blackburn to win: 16/5

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