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Preview: Charlton Athletic

1 February 2013

Charlton have started their first season back in the Championship with relative success as Chris Powell's side are currently sitting in mid-table. The Addicks ran away with the League One title last season by breaking the 100-point barrier and finishing 18 points above closest challengers Sheffield Wednesday. 

Palace's south-east rivals have won three of their last five games with their most impressive result coming in their 4-3 victory over Watford. Palace on the other hand will be going in search of their first victory in five games. Charlton have picked up more points on their travels than they have at SE7 with six of their 10 victories coming on the road.

Charlton will be seeking revenge for Palace's narrow 1-0 win over the Addicks back in September, confining Chris Powell's side to their first home defeat of the season. Matches between the two south London sides are usually tight affairs with four of the last five games finishing 1-0.

Crystal Palace: Deadline day signings Kevin Phillips and Stephen Dobbie are expected to feature while Kagisho Dikgacoi, whose goal in the corresponding fixture proved to be the winner, will miss the fixture as South Africa face Mali on Saturday in the Africa Cup of Nations. Andre Moritz and Mile Jedinak picked up knocks in the midweek defeat to Hudderfield and are doubtful, whilst Paddy McCarthy, Joel Ward, Owen Garvan and Alex Nimely are still out. 

Charlton: Ricardo Fuller is expected to face his former side 12 years after leaving Selhurst Park. Fellow Palace old boy Rhoys Wiggins is back in training after he suffered a severe foot injury against the Eagles back in September. Leon Cort and Danny Haynes are also pushing for a starting spot after returning to full fitness.

Referee: Mark Halsey
Assistants: Adrian Holmes and Jake Hillier
Fourth Official:‭ Andy Woolmer

Compared with our other rivalries with Brighton and Millwall that started in our early years in 1906, Charlton arrived on the scene some 20 years later when our first home encounter took place at Selhurst in Division Three South IN March 1926, ending in an emphatic 4-1 victory, a result only bested by a 5-0 scoreline in 1927.

Charlton have not been regular opponents over the years but when they have been placed in the same division there have been some classic campaigns with both vying for promotion. In 1929 Charlton pipped Palace on goal average to get out of Division Three South so it was that much sweeter when the Eagles reached Division One for the first time in April 1969 at the expense of the Valiants. Then in May 1996 the sides faced each other in the Division One play-offs with the Eagles winning both legs of the semi-finals.

Palace's home record against Charlton is fairly robust where, apart from those two early significant victories, most of the games have been quite close with a few draws and victory has usually been by a single goal margin. The Eagles also faced Charlton at Selhurst in an ‘away’ gamewhen the Addicks were tenants in December 1989 with Palace running out 2-1 victors.

Charlton’s last visit came over four years ago in a Championship game in September 2008 where the result shows a narrow 1-0 victory for the Eagles and ended a run of three successive wins for our visitors at Selhurst Park with the only goal coming midway through the second half when the on-loan Craig Beattie headed home Ben Watson’s diagonal pass.

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD: (home and away)
Palace winsDrawsCharlton wins
FA Cup011
League Cup410

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Post Match Arrangements
To assist you in planning your journey home and to facilitate a safe and speedy egress of supporters away from the ground, CPFC fans exiting from Holmesdale Road will not be able to turn left into Park Road at the end of the game. Similarly, CPFC fans will not be able to access Park Road from Whitehorse Lane. CPFC fans with seats in the Arthur Wait Stand will be able to leave the ground through exit 4 (E4) in Park road and gain access into Holmesdale Road.

Due to the use of pyrotechnics at other recent football matches in the UK, we would like to remind all supporters that bringing a pyrotechnic item into a football stadium is a criminal offence.

Any person found to be in possession of such items will be arrested and dealt with accordingly.

Palace to win: 5/6
Draw: 13/5
Charlton to win: 7/2
Palace to win 1-0: 7/1

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