FA Cup Preview – Grimsby Town
This weekend sees a break from Premier League action as Palace host Grimsby Town in the FA Cup third round.
The League Two side travel to South London in good form with four wins from the last five games and they will be backed by a vociferous following with 5,500 fans making the trip.
In fact, the interaction on Twitter has been fantastic between Grimsby fans and TEB ever since the draw was announced and there is no doubt that the thousands in the away end will provide a great atmosphere, one that Selhurst Park will be looking forward to.
It will be interesting to see how Roy Hodgson approaches this cup tie with the need to rest a number of players who have featured an awful lot already this season. However, the FA Cup has a special place in Palace fans hearts so there will be hope for a strong enough side to see the club through to the fourth round.
The likes of Wayne Hennessey, Joel Ward, Martin Kelly, Jairo Riedewald, Scott Dann, Connor Wickham and Alexander Sorloth are expected to feature in the evening kick off.
TEAM NEWS (courtesy of Physio Room)
CRYSTAL PALACE – no injury concerns but unlikely to see Christian Benteke feature after only this week joining the squad for a full training session. Scott Dann could make his first start for over a year.
GRIMSBY TOWN – Swedish defender Sebastian Ring could make his debut while Elliott Embleton is eligible after having his loan spell from Sunderland extended. Neither Danny Collins or Akin Famewo will feature due to injury. Alex Whitmore is suspended while Harry Davis misses out due to concussion.
It has been a while since these two sides have met, almost sixteen years in fact but it was a glut of goals. The Eagles made the trip North in April 2003 to take on Grimsby at Blundell Park and ran out comfortable winners. Boss Trevor Francis oversaw his team go in at the break with a 3-0 lead thanks to goals from Noel Whelan, Julian Gray and Wayne Routledge. The hosts pulled one back through Steve Chettle before Dougie Freedman added a fourth to end any threat of a fight back.
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 12/04/2003 Grimsby Town 1-4 Crystal Palace
- 23/11/2002 Crystal Palace 2-0 Grimsby Town
- 02/03/2002 Grimsby Town 5-2 Crystal Palace
- 18/09/2001 Grimsby Town 5-0 Crystal Palace
- 02/12/2000 Grimsby Town 2-2 Crystal Palace
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 02/01/2019 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Crystal Palace
- 30/12/2018 Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea
- 26/12/2018 Crystal Palace 0-0 Cardiff City
- 22/12/2018 Manchester City 2-3 Crystal Palace
- 15/12/2018 Crystal Palace 1-0 Leicester City
Last FIVE results for Grimsby;
- 01/01/2019 Grimsby Town 0-1 Mansfield Town
- 29/12/2018 Exeter City 1-2 Grimsby Town
- 26/12/2018 Port Vale 0-1 Grimsby Town
- 22/12/2018 Grimsby Town 4-0 Notts County
- 15/12/2018 Grimsby Town 2-1 Swindon Town
THE RECORD AGAINST GRIMSBY
- Played 40
- Won 21
- Drawn 3
- Lost 16
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – Queens Park Rangers, Waltham Forest, Thurrok, Fisher Athletic, Dagenham & Redbridge, Grays Athletic (loan), Rushden & Diamonds (loan), Cheltenham Town, Crawley Town, Bournemouth, Portsmouth (loan), Blackpool (loan), Birmingham City, Rotherham United, Swindon Town (loan), Bradford City (loan), Oxford United.
The 31 year old is top scorer for the Mariners so far this season and, if he plays, will pose a real threat to the Eagles with his eye for goal. The journeyman signed a one year contract with Grimsby in August and is just shy of 300 total professional appearances. His longest sting at any club was at AFC Bournemouth where he made over 50 appearances from 2011 to 2014.
Without knowing the line ups, it is difficult to predict how this one will go but Palace cannot take this Grimsby side lightly. There is no doubt that Roy Hodgson will ring the changes to give some first teamers a break, but there should still be enough in the ranks to get into the fourth round. 2-1 to Palace.
- TEB prediction – home win
- Phillip Norton’s prediction (see link below) – home win
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – 1/8
- Draw – 13/2
- Away – 18/1
- Both teams to score – 6/5