Unbeaten At Home But Eagles Must Learn From Mistakes

To complete the set, Palace host newly promoted Norwich City this weekend, having already faced Sheffield United and Aston Villa, and will be keen to break into double figures in terms of Premier League points.

DATE

28th September 2019

KICK OFF

3pm

VENUE

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

LAST TIME OUT

The last time these two sides met was at Selhurst back in April 2016 when Palace needed a win heading into the last few games of the season. The hosts huffed and puffed in a tight affair until Jason Puncheon finally scored the goal that went on to seal all three points for the Eagles which saw an iconic celebration from the midfielder.

OFFICIALS

Jon Moss takes control of this fixture and will be assisted by Marc Perry and Simon Bennett with Tony Harrington as the fourth official. The VAR will be Peter Bankes who will be assisted by Peter Kirkup.

INJURIES

PALACE – Connor Wickham is the only real doubt for Roy Hodgson.

NORWICH – Tom Trybull, Onel Hernandez, Timm Klose, Christoph Zimmerman and Max Aarons are all expected to be out while Tim Krul, Alex Tettey, Mario Vrancic and Ralf Fahrmann are doubts.

SUSPENSIONS

None

DISCIPLINE

4 yellow cards – Luka Milivojevic

2 yellow cards – Jordan Ayew, Max Aarons

1 yellow card – Cheikhou Kouyate, Gary Cahill, James McArthur, James McCarthy, Joel Ward, Max Meyer, Vicente Guaita, Wilfried Zaha, Emilioano Buendia, Ibrahim Amadou, Kenny McLean, Marco Stiepermann, Moritz Leitner, Sam Byram, Todd Cantwell

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 09/04/2016 Crystal Palace 1-0 Norwich City
  • 08/08/2015 Norwich City 3-1 Crystal Palace
  • 01/01/2014 Crystal Palace 1-1 Norwich City
  • 30/11/2013 Norwich City 1-0 Crystal Palace
  • 26/07/2011 Crystal Palace 1-0 Norwich City

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 22/09/2019 Crystal Palace 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • 14/09/2019 Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Crystal Palace
  • 31/08/2019 Crystal Palace 1-0 Aston Villa
  • 27/08/2019 Crystal Palace 0-0 Colchester United
  • 24/08/2019 Manchester United 1-2 Crystal Palace

Last FIVE results for opposition;

  • 21/09/2019 Burnley 2-0 Norwich City
  • 14/09/2019 Norwich City 3-2 Manchester City
  • 31/08/2019 West Ham United 2-0 Norwich City
  • 27/08/2019 Crawley Town 1-0 Norwich City
  • 24/08/2019 Norwich City 2-3 Chelsea

RECORD AGAINST UNITED

  • Played 112
  • Won 48
  • Drawn 20
  • Lost 44

FORM PLAYERS

Top two rated players from each team so far this season according to Who Scored;

  • Teemu Pukki 7.50
  • Emiliano Buendia 7.24
  • Wilfried Zaha 6.96
  • Jordan Ayew 6.95

ONE TO WATCH

TEEMU PUKKI

Former clubs – KTP, Sevilla Atletico, Sevilla, HJK, Schalke 04, Celtic, Brondby

The 29 year old striker could be seen as a bit of a journey after his humble beginnings at Finnish side KTP, where he made his professional debut in 2006. After a disappointing short spell in Spain, he returned to his home nation with Helsinki in 2010 where 13 goals in 25 games alerted the attentions of German side Schalke in 2011. A brief spell at Celtic followed in 2013 before signing for Brondby where he made over a century of appearances and scoring over 50 goals.

Pukki signed for the Canaries in June 2018 on a free transfer and signed a three year deal with the club. He made his international debut in 2009 against Japan. To date, the striker has over 70 caps for Finland and scored 20 goals.

KEY CLASH

WILFRIED ZAHA v JAMAL LEWIS

The Palace number 11 turned in arguably his best performance of the season against Wolves last time out and will be looking to continue that against the former Norwich academy product. The 21 year old Northern Ireland international will have his work cut out which will make it quite a match up. Zaha has been the subject of opposition attentions this season with his involvement in two of three red cards in each of the three Premier League games at Selhurst so far, so Lewis will have to have impeccable timing.

PRE-GAME STATS

  • Norwich have been losing at both half time and full time in their last 3 Premier League away games
  • Palace are undefeated in their last 5 Premier League home matches
  • Norwich have lost their last three Premier League away games
  • Joel Ward leads the tackle count between the two sides so far this season with 17 followed by James McArthur with 15.
  • Norwich have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 4 Premier League matches
  • Moritz Leitner leads the passing count between the two sides so far this season with 340 ahead of Ben Godfrey with 317.

PREDICTION

Three home games into the Premier League season and Palace remain unbeaten at Selhurst Park, but it could have been so much better. The big question is, will the Eagles learn from the previous mistakes of not finishing off chances that could have secured three wins instead of two draws and a win? Another newly promoted side come to town and one that recently defeated the reigning champions but they do not travel well and it is up to Palace to take the game to the opposition.

Final score: 2-0 Palace

OPPOSITION VIEW

Find out what the guys from Along Come Norwich told us about the season so far, thoughts on the game and much more.

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 10/11
  • Draw – 13/5
  • Away – 11/4
  • Both teams to score – 8/13
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