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Preview: Palace v Man United

21 February 2014


ABOUT
Crystal Palace host Manchester United on Saturday evening for the first time since March 2005, when a gritty display saw them grind out a 0-0 draw against the Red Devils. 

The Eagles go into the game against the Premier League champions high in confidence having won their last three games at Selhurst Park against Stoke City, Hull City and West Bromwich Albion. 

Another victory for the hosts on Saturday would provide a record-breaking fourth straight home win in the Premier League, as they aim to avoid relegation from the division for the first time in their history. 

But they will need to overturn 23 years of history to do that, having not beaten United in the league since 1991 – a match that is featured in Saturday’s Palace Programme. 

Manchester United have their own reasons for needing the three points this weekend though, as they aim to claw back an 11-point deficit on fourth placed Liverpool in the quest for Champions League football next season. 

David Moyes may have Europe’s top club competition in his mind with his team selection this weekend though, with a midweek last-16 clash against Olympiakos looming large on the horizon.

The Champions League is United’s only chance of silverware this season, so it would be no great surprise to see Moyes rest one or two of his bigger names for the trip to Selhurst Park.
 
TEAM NEWS
Crystal Palace: Tony Pulis has a near fully fit squad to select from this weekend, with Jerome Thomas the only injury doubt.

The former Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion man has trained this week, but has been struggling with a back problem. 

Glenn Murray, who returned to action as a substitute against the Baggies a fortnight ago, is pushing for inclusion in the starting XI, but is likely to be named on the bench once again on Saturday. 

Tom Ince, Joe Ledley and Scott Dann will be hoping to retain their spots in the line-up after making impressive debuts last time out, with the former pair getting on the scoresheet in their maiden Eagles appearances. 

Man United: Marouane Fellaini could feature for the visitors for the first time since 4th December, having returned to training following a wrist operation.  

Jonny Evans (calf) remains doubtful, while Rafael and Phil Jones are both set to be included in the squad having recovered from concussion.

Winger Nani is ruled out with a hamstring injury, while Danny Welbeck is also doubtful with a knee problem.  

MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee: Michael Oliver. 
Assistants: S Burt and A Garratt. 
Fourth Official: Kevin Friend.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
Palace winsDrawsMan United
League6720
FA Cup022
League Cup105
Total7927

LAST MEETING AT SELHURST PARK
Crystal Palace held Manchester United to a 0-0 draw the last time they met in SE25 as Premier League opponents, back in March 2005. 

The Red Devils made the trip to Selhurst Park as hot favourites as they attempted to win back their Premier League crown from Arsenal, but a stubborn Eagles side held firm to keep a clean sheet. 

That task was made harder by the dismissal of Vassilis Lakis after 64 minutes but, even though Sir Alex Ferguson was able to call on the likes of Paul Scholes, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney from the substitutes’ bench, Palace survived a late onslaught to secure a valuable point. 

MATCHDAY INFORMATION
Travel: Supporters travelling by car should be aware that the A22 at Purley/Kenley is currently closed following the recent flooding in the area. 

Those getting the ground by train are advised of planned engineering works on the rail network, which will result in the closure of Thornton Heath and Selhurst train stations all day on Saturday.

The closest available train station to Selhurst Park will be Norwood Junction, which is a 5-10 minute walk away.  
 
Manchester United supporters getting to the stadium by train are advised to use this route, travelling to Norwood Junction from London Bridge.

Turnstiles: Entry and exit into The Whitehorse Lane Stand for Saturday’s game against Manchester United will be through E8 only. This entrance is adjacent to the Glaziers Lounge main entrance.
 
E7 in Park Road will be closed for this match and additional staff will be employed around the turnstiles at E8 to assist supporters in their entry and exit to and from the stand.
 
Turnstiles will be open from 4.00pm and refreshments will be available from that time. The club would urge supporters to arrive at the stadium as early as possible to allow for easy access into the stand. 

RBS Six Nations Championship coverage: The rugby union international between England and Ireland will be shown on the televisions in the lounge areas right through until 5pm, when we will switch over to the build-up of our match at Selhurst Park. 

TICKET NEWS
A limited number of tickets still remain for Saturday’s visit of Manchester United. 

The usual ticket restrictions for this fixture have been lifted in order to completely sell out the stadium, meaning that season ticket holders and members no longer have to purchase tickets to a B game when buying seats for the visit of the Premier League champions. 

This game is set to sell out, so make sure you don’t miss out by purchasing your tickets online HERE or calling 0871 200 0071 today! 

BETTING 
Crystal Palace: 11/2
Draw: 14/5
Man United: 8/15
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LIVE COVERAGE
Commentary from all 90 minutes at Selhurst Park will be available on Palace Player. CLICK HERE to log in or sign up to our award-winning service. 

Alternatively, you can follow live text updates from the match on the club’s official Twitter account, @Official_CPFC, or via the new Eagles Feed page on our website. 


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