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Preview: Palace v Lazio

9 August 2013

Crystal Palace welcome Italian cup-winners Lazio to SE25 for their final pre-season game of the summer, eight days ahead of their Barclays Premier League opener against Tottenham Hotspur. 

Ian Holloway’s side have won four of their five warm-up matches to date, with their only defeat coming against Crawley Town on 27th July. 

His squad will parade the Championship Play-Off Trophy on the pitch ahead of the game, giving fans the opportunity to remember that memorable victory over Watford at Wembley back in May.

Meanwhile, Lazio will see the match as ideal preparation for their clash with Serie A winners Juventus in the Supercoppa Italiana next weekend – the equivalent of the English Community Shield. 

Palace: New signings Dwight Gayle, Jerome Thomas, Elliot Grandin and Jose Campana could all grace the Selhurst Park turf for the first time in a Palace shirt. Club captain Paddy McCarthy will be hoping to get more minutes under his belt, after coming through his first 45 minutes in over a year against Dulwich Hamlet on Tuesday night. 

Lazio: The Coppa Italia winners could also field a number of their new additions, with summer signings Lucas Biglia, Felipe Anderson among those in contention to play for Vladimir Petkovic’s men. 

The two sides have met in SE25 once before – as Anglo-Italian Cup opponents more than 40 years ago. On that occasion, on 4th April 1973, Palace ran out 3-1 winners thanks to a hat-trick from John Craven. 

Placed in Group One of the competition, Palace had already beaten Hellas Verona at home and won in Bari ahead of their third group stage match, which was Malcolm Allison’s second match in charge of the club. 

It was Lazio who started the match the stronger though and took the lead in the 24th minute through Chinaglia, but just five minutes later Craven snapped up the equalising goal. 

With the scores still level 20 minutes from time, the former Blackpool ace struck again to put Palace ahead with a spectacular volley, before completing his hat-trick from the penalty spot after Graham Thomas had been brought down.

Tickets for the match remain available in the Holmesdale, Whitehorse Lane and Main Stands at the following prices:

Adults - £20
Senior concessions - £15
Junior concessions - £10
Directors Box £30 (£20 con)
All prices will increase by £5 when purchased on the day of the game. 

The Arthur Wait Stand will not be open for this match. 

Please note that following intelligence received from the Met Police, it has been decided by all parties that tickets for this game will not  only on sale to home fans who are either season ticket holders, members or have a buying history with the club.

To get your tickets now, CLICK HERE, or call our box office on 0871 200 0071.

Commentary of Palace’s final pre-season friendly against Lazio will be broadcast LIVE on Palace Player. CLICK HERE to log in or subscribe to the online service.

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