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PREVIEW: Walsall v Crystal Palace

26 August 2014



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ABOUT 
Crystal Palace travel to Banks's Stadium this evening to face League One side Walsall in their first Capital One Cup tie of the season.

Caretaker boss Keith Millen will take charge of the side for the third time since Tony Pulis' departure – and he is likely to make several changes for tonight's game with a number youngsters expected to appear for the Eagles.

Millen will assess midfielder Joe Ledley's fitness today after sustaining a minor groin injury in the warm-up against West Ham United last Saturday. 

Despite the chance to offer some of the Palace youngsters an opportunity to play tonight, the man in charge at Selhurst will no doubt be looking to restore confidence to the side after that disappointing home reverse against the Hammers. 

Opponents Walsall managed to scrape past Southend United with a 2-1 win in the first round, however they have failed to win any of their first four league fixtures this term.

The Saddlers will however take confidence from the fact that Palace were beaten by League One opponents Bristol City at this stage of the competition last season.

TEAM NEWS
Crystal Palace: Both Joe Ledley and Scott Dann will be assessed today after sustaining minor muscle injuries that ruled them out of Saturday’s defeat to West Ham. Millen is unlikely to risk the pair though with Saturday’s trip to Newcastle United in mind.

Stuart O'Keefe is also expected to sit out tonight’s game having picked up an ankle injury in the game against the Hammers following a challenge from Mauro Zarate.

The likes of Jerome Binnom-Williams, Jerome Thomas, Adlene Guedioura and Owen Garvan could all feature if Millen decides to shuffle his pack.  

Walsall: Saddlers full-back Ben Purkiss is back in training after an ankle injury, but he is unlikely to be risked tonight. 

Fellow defender James O'Connor could be available after missing three games with a groin strain.

MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee: Andy Woolmer 
Assistants: Stephen Finch and Grant Taylor 
Fourth Official: Dave Bushell 

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
Walsall winsDrawsPalace wins
League161628
FA Cup111
League Cup001
Total171730

LAST MEETING IN WALSALL
The two sides last came together in Walsall in a Division One match back in November 2003. Both had to settle for a share of the points as neither side were able to break the deadlock in a game which finished 0-0.

Crystal Palace posed the bigger threat as they tested Walsall's goalkeeper on numerous occasions, with a couple of splendid saves thwarting the efforts of Danny Butterfield and Ben Watson. 

A meeting at Selhurst Park came two years later in the Carling Cup, where the Eagles triumphed in a comfortable 3-0 victory, but the sides have not faced each other since then. 

TICKETS 
Tickets are still available for tonight's Capital One Cup fixture, however they can only be purchased at the turnstiles by cash-buyers.

Ticket prices are as follows:
Adult: £12
Senior concessions (Over 60s): £6
Junior (Under 18s): £6

BETTING
Walsall: 11/5
Draw: 5/2
Crystal Palace: 23/20

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LIVE COVERAGE
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