So we take another break from Premier League action as the FA Cup 4th round takes place.
Palace boss Tony Pulis views this competition as no more than a distraction with the ever important task of retaining Premier League status being the main goal for the Welshman. Some people say the magic has gone out of the FA Cup but with the shocks that the competition has provided over the years many are looking forward to this weekend’s fixtures.
The last time Palace met Wigan was back in 2011 in a League Cup fixture. Dougie Freedman’s Palace side came out 2-1 winners at Selhurst Park. Former Eagles Emerson Boyce and Ben Watson could be in contention to face off against the team whom they both played for in our last brief stint in England’s top flight.
Tony Pulis will be wary of making changes with an important match on Tuesday night against Hull City so many first team players could be rested in favour of some Palaces youth, some of which have recently left in various transfer moves in recent days.
Ryan Innis, Jerome Williams and Alex Wynter have all secured loan moves to non-league sides in order to gain valuable first team experience while Matthew Parsons and Jason Banton have departed the club in permanent deals to Plymouth for undisclosed fees.
No other transfer news to report. Once again as the transfer window gets closer to shutting it brings the frustration out in some Palace fans. Tony Pulis has been tight lipped when asked about transfer dealings.
French striker Emmanuel Riviere is the latest name being tipped with a move from AS Monaco but with Stoke being reported to have tabled a £5m bid it looks to have put us out of the running to sign him.
Team news for this fixture – Algerian midfielder Adlene Guideora continues his comeback trail having partnered Mile Jedinak in midfield in our win against Stoke City. He is likely to get ninety minutes under his belt while youngster Hiram Boateng who played in our last FA Cup tie against West Brom may well feature again. Veteran defender Paddy McCarthy, midfielder Stephen Dobbie and striker Aaron Wilbraham may also take part as the look to impress Tony Pulis.
Crystal Palace have failed to make it out of the 4th round since 2010 and have not made the 5th round since 1994 reaching the semi-finals against Manchester United losing 4-2 on aggregate. The Eagles have of course only made the final on one occasion which was in 1990 going to a replay after a thrilling 3-3 draw saw.
Palace’s dreams of FA Cup glory were dashed losing the replay by the single goal.
Wigan who are the current FA Cup holders are currently sitting eleventh in the Championship and recruitment is all the rage as Owen Coyle’s replacement Uwe Rosler has already brought in Nicky Maynard from Cardiff and Chelsea midfielder Josh McEcharan in the wake of their 3-0 loss to Doncaster on Saturday. Wigan will be hopeful of moving on to the next round to keep alive their dream of retaining cup but they’re also focused on promotion from the Championship.
Last time out:
Tuesday 13th September 2011
Referee: Mike Stroud
Crystal Palace XI:
38 Ramage (Marrow – 72′)
07 Ambrose (Dorman – 84′ )
20 Williams (Jedinak – 75′ )
Wigan Athletic XI
26 Al Habsi
22 Van Aanholt
6 Thomas (Watson – 66′ )
07 Crusat (McManaman – 66′ )
16 McArthur (Dicko – 86′ )
Article written by Adam Johnson