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Preview: Crystal Palace v Norwich City

8 April 2016


INTRO
Palace will be looking to build on last weekend's 2-2 draw away to West Ham United where the Eagles had begun to look like themselves again.

Norwich City, meanwhile, have enjoyed back-to-back wins in the Premier League and have a real chance to move away from the relegation zone put some distance between them and the chasing pack with a win at Selhurst Park.

Returns from injury for the Eagles could be key and Jason Puncheon's return to the field last Saturday was a big boost for Alan Pardew's side.

OPPOSITION VIEW

Alex Neil: "If we win the game then they're level on points with us. They've got a game in hand but when you've gone 14 games without a win, as they have, then searching for that elusive win becomes more and more difficult.

"It's up to us to go there and play as well as we can. Hopefully we;ll come out of the game with something and if it's three points that would be fantastic.

TEAM NEWS

Crystal Palace: Alan Pardew has revealed that most of the players out injured are now back in training and could feature tomorrow. The only ones still out are James McArthur and Brede Hangeland, whilst Emmanuel Adebayor is also a doubt.

That means Connor Wickham and Yohan Cabaye will both be back in some capacity - a huge boost for the boys in red and blue.

Norwich City: The Canaries' skipper Russell Martin is a doubt after picking up a knock recently, while combative midfielder Alex Tettey is also likely to miss out with an ankle injury.

HEAD TO HEAD
Palace winsDrawsNorwich wins
League
44
1843
FA Cup211
Total
461944

STATS
Crystal Palace’s win over Norwich City in the reverse fixture was their first victory over the Canaries in the Barclays Premier League (D4 L4).

Norwich are winless in 14 away league matches against Crystal Palace, last beating them at Selhurst Park in May 1996 (D5 L9).

Norwich have won their last two BPL matches, after losing eight and drawing two of their previous 10. They last won three consecutive top-flight fixtures in December 2012.

A league-high nine of Crystal Palace’s BPL goals this season have been scored by defenders.

Exactly half of the goals Palace have scored this season have come from set-piece situations (17 out of 34), a league high.

OFFICIALS

Michael Oliver has taken charge of 20 Premier League games so far this term, dishing out 72 yellow cards, four reds and awarding three penalties. He's officiated two Palace games already this campaign - the 1-0 defeat away to Spurs and the 0-0 draw at Bournemouth on Boxing Day.

Referees: Michael Oliver
Assistants: G Beswick, S Bennett
Fourth Official: D Bond

LAST MEETING AT SELHURST PARK

1st January 2014
Crystal Palace 1-1 Norwich City
Premier League

A Jason Puncheon penalty cancelled out Bradley Johnson's opener as the Eagles started the New Year with a point.

TICKETS

This match is SOLD OUT.

LIVE COVERAGE

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

There will also be live updates on the club's official Twitter account - @CPFC.

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