Time For Fringe And Youth Players To Show What They Can Do

There is no time to revel in the Old Trafford success at the weekend as cup duty beckons with the first involvement of the Eagles in the Carabao Cup.


27th August 2019




Selhurst Park Stadium, Holmesdale Road, Selhurst, London SE25 6PU


The two sides last met during pre-season in 2016 at the Jobserve Community Stadium in Colchester. Palace took a narrow win courtesy of an early goal from midfielder Jordon Mutch.

The last competitive match was in 2008 at Selhurst and an early own goal by the visitors set the Eagles on their way to all three points. Colchester did level the score up shortly after through Kevin Lisbie but Ben Watson sealed the points with a little over quarter of an hour left the play.


Andy Woolmer takes charge of the game with assistants Mark Russell and Daniel Leach while Paul Yates is the fourth official.


PALACE – James Tomkins and Mamadou Sakho continue to miss out..

COLCHESTER – Tom Lapslie, Harry Pell, Diaz Wright and Sammie McLeod are unlikely to feature.




PALACE – Luka Milivojevic is on two bookings while Gary Cahill, James McCarthy, Max Meyer, Vicente Guaita and Wilfried Zaha are all on one.

COLCHESTER – Cohen Bramall has one red card to his name while Ben Stevenson and Brandon Comley are on one booking each.


Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 08/03/2008 Crystal Palace 2-1 Colchester United
  • 24/11/2007 Colchester United 1-2 Crystal Palace
  • 06/05/2007 Colchester United 0-2 Crystal Palace
  • 09/12/2006 Crystal Palace 1-3 Colchester United
  • 24/08/1999 Crystal Palace 3-1 Colchester United

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 24/08/2019 Manchester United 1-2 Crystal Palace
  • 18/08/2019 Sheffield United 1-0 Crystal Palace
  • 10/08/2019 Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton
  • 03/08/2019 Crystal Palace 0-4 Hertha Berlin
  • 27/07/2019 Bristol City 0-5 Crystal Palace

Last FIVE results for opposition;

  • 24/08/2019 Colchester United 1-0 Northampton Town
  • 20/08/2019 Grimsby Town 2-2 Colchester United
  • 17/08/2019 Colchester United 1-2 Cambridge United
  • 13/08/2019 Colchester United 3-0 Swindon Town
  • 10/08/2019 Plymouth Argyle 1-0 COlchester United


  • Played 32
  • Won 12
  • Drawn 10
  • Lost 12



Former clubs – Hitchin Town, Brentford, Boreham Wood (loan), Northampton Town (loan), Dagenham & Redbridge (loan), Gillingham, Swindon Town

With four goals to his name already this season for Colchester, Norris will be a threat with his eye for the back of the net well and truly in. His goal ration for the U’s since joining from Swindon last year is around 1 in 4. The striker has scored for all clubs he has appeared for other than Brentford where he made his professional debut in 2011.


The focus for Colchester this season will be to get themselves back into League One after missing out on the play offs so narrowly last campaign. With the season only five games in and the U’s sitting in 17th with 5 points to their name, a cup tie against a Premier League side will be a welcome distraction.

It is likely that the visitors will travel to South London with a string first team line up so the big question will be how Roy Hogson approaches this game. A number of fringe players will be expected to make a start such as Wayne Hennessey, James McCarthy, Christian Benteke, Conor Wickham and Victor Camarasa along with one or two youth players.

Final score: Palace 3-1 Colchester


We had a chat with the guys at The ColU Podcast to find out about their season so far, thoughts on the cup tie and much more.


  • Home – 1/6
  • Draw – 5/1
  • Away – 13/1
  • Both teams to score – 31/20


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