It’s 16th against 19th in the Barclays Premier League this weekend as Norwich City host Palace in Tony Pulis’ first game in charge of the Eagles.
Chris Hughton’s Canaries go into the game off the back of a disappointing run that has seen them win just once in their last six games, although they have faced the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Newcastle during that period.
Norwich’s home form has been good though – they have picked up eight of their 11 points so far on home soil, beating fellow strugglers West Ham the last time they played at Carrow Road on 9th November.
Palace go into the game high on confidence though, with Pulis taking the reins following the club’s first away win of the season at Hull City last weekend. A win in Norfolk could potentially move the Eagles out of the bottom three, although West Ham would have to lose by a big margin for Palace to overhaul them on goal difference.
Pulis’ men will also be buoyed by a positive recent record against Norwich. They have lost just one of the last 13 meeting between the two sides dating back to March 2004 – and they have won on their last two trips to Carrow Road, with both victories coming by a 2-1 scoreline.
Norwich: Midfielders Robert Snodgrass and Anthony Pilkington have both been ruled out of Saturday’s six-pointer after picking up injuries against Newcastle United last time out.
The double blow adds to a growing list of players on the treatment table at Carrow Road, which already includes Alex Tetty, Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Elliott Bennett.
Palace: Tony Pulis will be without the suspended Yannick Bolasie following his red card at Hull City, but Marouane Chamakh could return following the head injury he picked during the 1-0 win at the KC Stadium.
Jerome Thomas remains a doubt after missing that match on Humberside through injury, while Adlene Guedioura is also still on the road to recovery from his nasty rib injury.
Paddy McCarthy, Jack Hunt and Glenn Murray are still sideleined with their respective groin, ankle and cruciate ligament problems, while the fit-again Jonny Williams is pushing for a return to the starting 11, after being an unused substitute against the Tigers.
Referee: Chris Foy
Assistants: S Burt and A Garratt.
Fourth Official: Andy D'Urso.
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LAST MEETING AT CARROW ROAD
Palace came from a goal down to triumph over Norwich the last time these two sides met in Norfolk, as Championship rivals in October 2010.
Grant Holt gave the Canaries the lead just before half-time as the hosts looked to extend their promising start to the campaign.
But Palace turned it around after the interval, with two goals from unlikely sources. First Julian Bennett bagged an equaliser on 56 minutes, before his defensive partner Anthony Gardner put the eagles in front just seven minutes later.
Despite some late Canaries pressure, it was the Eagles who held firm to secure all three points and condemn Norwich to one of just four home defeats in their promotion-winning campaign.
Crystal Palace’s allocation of tickets for this match has completely sold out. Please do not make the journey to Carrow Road if you do not have a ticket for this match.
Getting to Carrow Road…
By car: The ground is well signposted from the A11 and A47. From the southern bypass (A47) take the A146 into the city. At the traffic lights turn right and follow the outer ring road. Turn left at the roundabout and right at the next set of traffic lights. Follow the inner ring road round to the right and over the river. The ground will be visible on your right. If in doubt, follow signs for the railway station until you get to the river (the rail station is off to the left while the ground is on your right).
Parking: The best car park for away fans is Norfolk County Hall, which is well sign-posted on the left of the A146, as you follow signs towards the ground.
By train: The ground is a short 10-minute walk from Norwich train station. Turn left out of the station and head for the Morrisons supermarket. The stadium is located behind that.
Norwich win: 10/11
Palace win: 3/1
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