Palace Must Cling On To Spirit Of The Amex Through Remainder Of Season

With the result against Brighton fresh in our minds, it is all too easy to forget that while the performance on the night was valiant, it was certainly not one that would secure many victories, if at all but the spirit in which was achieved was a real shining light.  

DATE

28th February 2021

KICK OFF

12pm

VENUE

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

LAST TIME

It was two years ago when Fulham were last in South London and a penalty from Luka Milivojevic gave the Eagles a first half lead while Jeffrey Schlupp sealed the points with a goal minutes from full time.

WHO SCORED MAN OF THE MATCH – Jeffrey Schlupp (7.9)

OFFICIALS

Referee – Anthony Taylor

Assistants – Gary Beswick, Adam Nunn, Tim Robinson (fourth official)

VAR – Peter Bankes, Andy Halliday (assistant)

INJURY CONCERNS

PALACE – James McArthur, Connor Wickham, Wilfried Zaha, Jeffrey Schlupp, Mamadou Sakho, Wayne Hennessey, Nathan Ferguson, James Tomkins, Nathaniel Clyne

FULHAM – Aleksander Mitrovic, Tom Cairney

SUSPENSIONS

None

DISCIPLINARY

RED CARDS – Luka Milivojevic (1), Christian Benteke (1), Antonee Robinson (1), Joachim Andersen (1), Aboubakar Kamara (1)

YELLOW CARDS (4+) – Luka Milivojevic (6), Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (5), Bobby De Cordova-Reid (5), Wilfried Zaha (4), Joachim Andersen (4), Harrison Reed (4)

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 24/10/2020 Fulham 1-2 Crystal Palace
  • 02/02/2019 Crystal Palace 2-0 Fulham
  • 11/08/2018 Fulham 0-2 Crystal Palace
  • 30/07/2016 Fulham 3-1 Crystal Palace
  • 01/08/2015 Fulham 1-1 Crystal Palace

Last FIVE results for Palace

  • 22/02/2021 Brighton & Hove Albion 1-2 Crystal Palace
  • 13/02/2021 Crystal Palace 0-3 Burnley
  • 08/02/2021 Leeds United 2-0 Crystal Palace
  • 02/02/2021 Newcastle United 1-2 Crystal Palace
  • 30/01/2021 Crystal Palace 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Last FIVE results for Fulham;

  • 20/02/2021 Fulham 1-0 Sheffield United
  • 17/02/2021 Burnley 1-1 Fulham
  • 14/02/2021 Everton 0-2 Fulham
  • 06/02/2021 Fulham 0-0 West Ham United
  • 03/02/2021 Fulham 0-2 Leicester City

RECORD AGAINST FULHAM

  • Played 46
  • Won 14
  • Drawn  15
  • Lost 17

FORM PLAYERS ACCORDING TO WHO SCORED

  • Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa 7.10
  • Ademola Lookman 7.06
  • Wilfried Zaha 9.96
  • Andros Townsend 6.88

ONE TO WATCH

ANDRE-FRANK ZAMBO ANGUISSA

FORMER CLUBS – Coton Sport, Reims, Marseille, Villarreal (loan)

The 25-year-old defensive midfielder moved from Marseille to Fulham in August 2018 and was immediately loaned out to Villarreal but has almost accumulated almost 50 appearances for the Craven Cottage outfit. His form of late has been a key part of Fulham’s battle for survival. Anguissa is a Cameroon international having made his full debut against Tunisia in 2017 and have made 26 appearances to date.

KEY CLASH

JORDAN AYEW v ANTONEE ROBINSON

Ayew had an excellent game on Monday night and even though he has not hit the heights of last season in terms of goals, his contribution to the side has been almost as valuable with his hard work and tricky ball control. He will be up against young American international Robinson who has made 18 appearances so far for Fulham this season.

PRE-MATCH FACTS

  • Fulham have failed to win 28 of their last 31 away matches
  • Palace have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 3 matches against Fulham in all competitions
  • Palace have won three consecutive league matches against Fulham for the first time since October 1930. They have only recorded four straight wins against a particular opponent three times during the Premier League era
  • Palace have won their last 3 matches against Fulham in all competitions
  • One of Palace or Fulham were relegated in all three of the previous seasons that the clubs were in the top flight together: Palace in 2004/05, and Fulham in 2013/14 and 2018/19
  • If Palace avoid defeat they will have their highest points tally after 26 matches of a top-flight campaign since 1991/92

PRE-MATCH STATS

  • GOALS – Wilfried Zaha (9 – 11th in PL)
  • ASSISTS – Andros Townsend (4)
  • PASSES – Luka Milivojevic (857)
  • TACKLES – James McArthur, Andros Townsend (57 – 7th in PL)
  • TOUCHES – Eberechi Eze (1110)
  • SHOTS – Wilfried Zaha (44)

PREDICTION

Fulham have found some form and are in a battle but Palace will have taken confidence from the win on Monday night and will be keen to push on ahead of a run of games that feature Manchester United, Spurs and Chelsea.

FINAL SCORE: 2-1 to Palace

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 12/5
  • Draw – 21/10
  • Away – 6/5
  • Both teams to score – 19/20

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