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Preview: Crystal Palace v Ipswich Town

22 August 2017

Tonight Selhurst Park plays host to the second round match in the Carabao Cup between Palace and Ipswich Town and the visitors come into the game unbeaten this season in the Sky Bet Championship.

Mick McCarthy’s side have had four wins from four but has already said that his team that takes the field this evening will have a different look to than the one which has taken maximum points in the opening weeks of the season.

Last season Palace went out in the third round of this competition against Southampton whilst Town’s exit last year was a single goal defeat against Stevenage.

Ipswich Town make their first visit to SE25 since November 2012 where Palace eased to a 5-0 victory in McCarthy’s first game in charge of his new side at the time.   

There will be 30 minutes of extra time should the scores be level at the end of 90 minutes and then penalties if scores remain level.   


Mick McCarthy will be fielding a young side for tonight’s game as he looks to overcome injuries within his squad.

“The regulars need to be ready for the weekend. I can’t afford for another injury or for someone to get sent-off so some of the youngsters will get a chance.

"I've got eight fit first-team players, none of whom will be involved. So to anybody who is coming, expect to see the kids.

"It's not sacrificing for the league, it's sacrificing for the health of players. I haven't got enough; I've got so many injuries.

"I doubt we're going to win the Carabao Cup and I just haven't got the squad to cope with it.

"I'm not dismissing this. I still want to win, but not at the risk of getting players injured or suspended."


Jairo Riedewald missed the defeat on Saturday at Liverpool with a groin injury and is likely to miss out this evening and Wilfried Zaha is still unavailable. 

Midfielders Yohan Cabaye and James McArthur were on the bench at the weekend and could be involved tonight following their return from injury. 

Mick McCarthy is forced into a number of changes whilst striker David McGoldrick will not travel to the game as he awaits the birth of his child.  


Referee: Andy Davies
Assistant Refs: Darren Blunden and Daniel Leach
Fourth Official: Michael Webb

Davies has officiated three games so far this season, showing 12 yellow cards.

He took charge of 38 games in 2016/17 showing 136 yellow cards and four red cards.


Tickets are still available for tonight’s match and under 12s can still go free with a paying adult.

The all-new CPFC Fanzone will be open this evening for fans pre-match but not after tonight’s game.

Located outside Selhurst Park’s Main Stand reception this facility will be open 4.30pm this afternoon.


Turnstiles open at 6.00pm and kick off is at 7.30pm.


The bar opening times before the game are as follows in the lounge areas:

Glaziers, Wright & Bright, Red & Blue and Stanley Stephenson lounges open at 5pm.

Crystals will be closed for this game but a reminder that the Fanzone is open from 4.30pm.

The Early BIrd Food & Drink offer will be available from stadium concourses around the stadum between 6.00pm-6.45pm. 


Ticket holders are advised to enter the stadium as early as possible, as security checks remain in place at Selhurst Park.


If you can’t make it to SE25 for the game, there will be live commentary on Palace Player, updates on Twitter, with highlights available on Palace Player from midnight this evening.




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