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The Palace Preview: Doncaster Rovers

17 February 2019

Today in a 16.00 kick-off, Crystal Palace will vie to progress to the quarter-finals of the Emirates FA Cup facing Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium.

The Eagles will be looking to build on wins against Grimsby Town and Tottenham Hotspur against the Rovers, who have reached the competition's fifth round this year for the first time since 1955-56.

The home side currently sit in League One but are playing in a solid run of form, having already dispatched four clubs from the cup while going unbeaten in their previous five fixtures, winning three and drawing two.

However, facing them will be a Palace side also playing in solid form, unbeaten in four matches with two wins and two draws.

And though the Eagles' history in the FA Cup has been a mixed bag of success, the south London side have reached its final twice before, once in 1990 and once in 2016.

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16 February 2019

In other clashes, Brighton and Hove Albion beat Derby County, Millwall triumphed over AFC Wimbledon and Chelsea face Manchester United on Monday. Palace fans will want to keep an eye on all fixtures, however, to see which clubs they could face should they win this afternoon. 

One man who will threaten to prevent Palace from progressing is John Marquis, the Rovers' highest scorer. Marquis has bagged 21 goals this season and has netted seven from his past nine matches. He will be up against a stern test, though, with the Palace defence having conceded just two from their last four games.

In fact, the Eagles have kept the fifth highest number of clean sheets for any Premier League club this season.

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All You Need to Know: Doncaster in the FA Cup

16 February 2019

This match will provide a good challenge, then, with Doncaster having scored the second highest number of goals in Division One so far.

In recent history, this fixture has been a low scoring one, with neither side having netted more than one goal in its last six occasions.

Team news

Full team news can be found here as Batshuayi starts for the Eagles for the very first time.

Tactical overview

Doncaster are an offensive side with several key strikers firing on all cylinders in recent matches. They tend to field three forward players with a narrow trio in midfield behind them to support the defence and feed the rampant frontline.

Your matchday stat and ref

Mike Dean will be in charge of this clash, having last overseen a Palace match when the Eagles lost to Bournemouth in October. He will be assisted by Ian Hussin and Harry Lennard with Lee Mason acting as fourth official.

The Eagles have only ever faced Doncaster 16 times in their history and never once in the FA Cup, last beating them back in November 2010.

Live coverage

This game will be shown live on BBC One from 15.40.

For fans in the USA, the match will be shown on ESPN+. And for fans living abroad elsewhere, check out our Worldwide TV Listings now or see where the nearest Official Fan Club is to you.

For those who want to listen to full commentary of this game, Palace Audio will provide it for just £1.49. You can even buy a Season Pass now for only £10. Find out more here!

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