Middlesbrough are in the hunt for promotion this year and look likely to battle it out for the play-off spots, despite being in contention for automatic promotion earlier in the season. They currently sit in sixth spot two points behind The Eagles but will be weary of what happened last season as they missed out on the final play-off place on the last day by a single point.
The Teesiders ended a run of eight games without a win against Leeds on Wednesday, a stretch that went back to the 29th December. A single goal from Curtis Main was enough for Boro to take all three points and put added emphasis on the fixture at Selhurst Park.
Seven out of the last 10 matches between the sides have been separated by just one goal, so a tight match is to be expected. On the road this season Boro have lost nine of 15 games, drawing once and winning five. During that period, Tony Mowbray's side have shipped 27 goals, scoring 18.
Palace: Mile Jedinak is expected to play after reconstructive surgery on his cheekbone was successful, albeit by using a protective mask. Ian Holloway has also indicated that Joel Ward may feature at some point after his injury, but Danny Gabbidon, Andre Moritz, Owen Garvan, Darcy Blake, Alex Nimely and Paddy McCarthy all remain out.
Middlesbrough: Curtis Main will be unavailable after being sent-off against Leeds, with Lukas Jutkiewicz likely to deputise. There are injury concerns over Jonathan Woodgate, Seb Hines, Andre Bikey and Scott McDonald but Ishmael Miller has recovered from an ankle injury.
PREVIOUS ENCOUNTERS AT SELHURST
It was in November 1924 at Selhurst Park that the clubs first met in a Division Two fixture which ended in a 2-2 draw thanks to goals from George Whitworth and Tom Hoddinott but they would have to wait another 40 years for their next encounter.
October 1964 saw Palace record their first win over Boro to the tune of 3-1 and a then-record league crowd of 43,381 witnessed a goalless draw in April 1969 as the two top of the table sides clashed in Division Two.
At home the Eagles have three times accrued a three goal winning margin over the Teesiders, the first of which came in a Division One encounter in August 1980 as Clive Allen claimed a hat-trick in a 5-2 victory, followed two years later with a 3-0 success. Palace also racked up a 4-1 Premier League win on Easter Monday 1993 with Simon Rodger, Eric Young, Chris Coleman & Chris Armstrong netting.
Boro’s last league visit to Selhurst Park was back in September 2011 as they clinched a 1-0 win, with the only goal of the game coming midway through the second half when a defensive header by Paddy McCarthy fell to Marvin Emnes who smashed the ball home. Jermaine Easter rattled the bar just minutes after Boro had been reduced to 10 men after Joe Bennett was dismissed but they held on, with Palace gaining revenge just three days later with a 2-1 victory in the League Cup.
HEAD TO HEAD RECORD (home and away)
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Referee: Oliver Langford
Assistants: Adam Crysell and Dan Robathan
Fourth Official Barry Holderness
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This edition's cover star is recent signing Kevin Phillips who talks about how he has settled into life at Palace, his training regime, making an instant impact and his future plans, and another new-boy is also profiled as Jazz Richards looks back on his first few Eagles outings.
There are the usual columns by Ian Holloway, Steve Parish and the returning Mile Jedinak, as well as the usual mix of stats, opposition information, history and news from all areas of the club, all for the bargain price of £3.
Palace to win: 11/10
Middlesbrough to win: 3/1
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