Peterborough suffered a dreadful start to the campaign, losing their first seven matches as they struggled to get their season going. Despite halting that run with wins at Hull and Barnsley, their form failed to pick up throughout the first half of the Championship calendar, falling to defeat in 16 of their first 21 games.
But manager Darren Ferguson has displayed the never-say-die attitude of his father, Sir Alex, in turning the Posh around. They go into the final game of the season knowing their destiny is in their own hands, as they lie outside the relegation zone on goal difference. And Peterborough will come into this game full of confidence – they are ninth in the Championship form table having lost just two of their last 16 matches.
Ferguson’s side are unlikely to come to Selhurst and sit back – they have scored in 34 of their 45 Championship fixtures this season and know that a win today will secure their place in the division for another year. Any other result could leave them staring at the Championship trap door.
Lee Tomlin and Dwight Gayle – a revelation since signing from Dagenham & Redbridge – have been a key source of those goals, notching 25 between them this season. But Posh have shipped 72 goals at the other end, which gives them the second worst defensive record in the league – although they have kept five clean sheets in their last ten.
Crystal Palace: The Eagles have no fresh injury worries following the midweek draw at Millwall. Ian Holloway has been keeping a close eye on the fitness of midfielder Owen Garvan, after he managed 75 minutes of the south London derby at the Den. Paddy McCarthy and Jonny Parr are still out of action.
Peterborough: Posh have been boosted by the news that full-back Mark Little has recovered from a hamstring injury, after coming through training unscathed this week. Their only long-term absentee, Peter Grant, remains sidelined, although he is expected to make the trip to Selhurst with the rest of the squad.
Referee: Craig Pawson
Assistants: Mathew Buonassisi and Daniel Cook
Fourth Official: Gavin Ward
PREVIOUS ENCOUNTERS AT SELHURST
The two teams have met just 12 times at Selhurst Park in their history, with Palace coming out on top on seven of those occasions.
The first ever meeting between the teams took place at Selhurst in September 1960, in the old Fourth Division. Peterborough ran out 2-0 winners on that occasion and went on to complete the double over Palace that season, winning 4-1 in the return fixture. The Posh went on to win the title, two points ahead of Palace, with both being promoted to the Third Division.
They met at that level for three consecutive seasons between 1961 and 1964, when Palace won promotion to the second tier. The Eagles were relegated back to the Third Division in the 1973/74 season and in three seasons together at that level, the two teams fought out three consecutive draws at Selhurst.
Palace have beaten Peterborough twice at home in the League Cup, edging out the Posh 2-1 in January 1983, before romping to a 3-0 win a year later.
After a 17-year gap since clashing in the league, goals from John Salako, Simon Rodger and Chris Armstrong were enough for the Eagles to secure a 3-2 win in February 1994, en route to sealing promotion to the Premier League.
Palace have hosted Peterborough twice at Championship level since its inception in 2004 and they are yet to concede a goal against the Posh in that time. A Mile Jedinak goal gave the Eagles the points in a 1-0 last season, while Neil Danns found the net twice in a 2-0 victory in January 2010.
HEAD TO HEAD (home and away)
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Due to the limited numbers available we would alert supporters that the Arthur Wait Stand will sell out quickly so we would advise home fans to purchase as soon as possible for that area.
The away section is now completely sold out and there will be no further tickets available for visiting supporters.
Any tickets for the Main Stand that remain for sale on Saturday will be available from the main box office next to the club shop from 9am.
Tickets for the Arthur Wait Stand will be available from that box office at 9am but will then go on sale from the Arthur Wait box office in Park Road from 10.15am.
For those supporters who have already ordered tickets and are collecting from the stadium can do so from the collection portakabin in the Directors' Car Park from 10.15am.
The Glaziers Lounge on Saturday will open at 10am and all supporters are welcome but after 11.30am no entry will be allowed for supporters who do not have a ticket for the Glaziers block of seating in the Main Stand.
The Red and Blue Bar in the Holmesdale Road Stand and the Players Lounge will be open from 10.30am.
The turnstiles for entry into the stadium will open at 11.15am.
Due to the anticipated attendance expected and the early kick-off we would advise supporters of both clubs to arrive at the ground early to make entry to the stadium as easy as possible so everyone gains admission in time for 12.45pm.
Palace win: Evens
Peterborough win: 3/1
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