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Preview: Dover Athletic v Crystal Palace

3 January 2015

CLICK HERE to join the debate in the Dover Athletic v Crystal Palace fanzone ahead of this FA Cup third round clash. 

Palace kick off their FA Cup campaign with a trip to Conference side Dover Athletic for a first ever meeting between the sides.

The Whites are in the third round courtesy of wins against Eastbourne Borough, Morecambe and Cheltenham Town and are yet to concede a goal in the competition. Their form this season is equally impressive, despite being 12th in the table they are unbeaten in their last 16 matches in all competitions, a run that stretches back to 4th November.

The club were promoted to the fifth tier last season after winning the Conference South play-off final where they beat Ebbsfleet United.

This will be the first competitive meeting between the two sides but they have met in pre-season friendlies, a 3-2 victory to Palace being the latest in 2008.


Dover Athletic:  Manager Chris Kinnear is expected to name an unchanged side for the fourth consecutive game following their victory over Welling on Boxing Day. 

Craig Stone could make the bench after recovering from a fractured ankle, while Chris Kinnear Jnr, son of the club's manager has recently had an operation on his knee which saw him miss the 2-0 win on New Year's Day against Welling.

Dover's strike force, Stefan Payne and Tom Murphy, have scored 18 times between them this season, 16 of those since October.

Crystal Palace: The Eagles could make changes after a hectic schedule of four games in 10 days.

That means the likes of Glenn Murray, Jonathan Williams and Paddy McCarthy could all come into contention once again.

Definitely missing will be Mile Jedinak and Yannick Bolasie, who are on international duty, and Marouane Chamakh who is still recovering from a hamstring injury picked up against Stoke City last month.


Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistants: M Mularkey and L Betts
Fourth Official: A D'Urso


FA Cup sponsors Budweiser will run a Player of the Round poll throughout the 2013-14 season to acknowledge one star performer at each stage of the competition.
The person who tops each poll will receive a commemorative Budweiser Player of the Round trophy and will also be invited to The FA Cup Final as a guest of The FA and Budweiser, should their team not get to Wembley.


Please be aware that Dover Athletic are unable to issue duplicate tickets, we therefore remind supporters to keep their tickets safe until the day of the match.


Dover Athletic to win: 6/1
Draw: 100/30
Crystal Palace to win: 4/9
Odds courtesy of SkyBet. 

CLICK HERE to place your bets or sign up today to receive a free matched bet worth up to £30. 


The draw for the next round of the competition will be televised live on Monday evening on BBC2 from 7.00pm and this tie will be ball number 5.


Live commentary of all 90 minutes from the Crabble Athletic Ground will be available on Palace Player. CLICK HERE to log in or sign up. 

You can also make predictions and debate the game at Sport Lobster here

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