Capacity Crowd Promised At Selhurst Park For First Time In Over Twelve Months

It is the day we have all been waiting for after months of being absent, the first home game of the season and a packed Selhurst is going to be a truly magnificent sight. It will be a moment where we can take a moment to reflect on those that we have lost along the way and never again take going to a game for granted.

DATE

21st August 2021

KICK OFF

3pm

VENUE

Selhurst Park, Holmesdale Road, London SE25 6PU

LAST TIME

It was all the way back in August 1977 that the two sides last met each other in a competitive match when they were paired up in the League Cup at Selhurst which Palace ran out 6-3 aggregate winners after a 5-1 home win after a 2-1 away loss in the first leg.

OFFICIALS

Referee: Mike Dean. Assistants: Darren Cann, Mark Scholes. Fourth official: Andy Madley. VAR: Stuart Attwell. Assistant VAR: Dan Cook

TEAM NEWS

PALACE – Michael Olise, Eberechi Eze, Nathan Ferguson and James Tomkins all miss out due to injury while Luka Milivojevic remains on compassionate leave.

BRENTFORD – Joshua Dasilva remains out but Shandon Baptises and Mathias Jensen are both back in training but will not feature because of fitness concerns. Kristoffer Ajer is expected to feature after a knock in their opening game.

DISCIPLINARY

RED CARDS – none

YELLOW CARDS – none

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 02/08/2014 Brentford 3-2 Crystal Palace
  • 30/07/2010 Brentford 1-1 Crystal Palace
  • 16/08/1977 Crystal Palace 5-1 Brentford
  • 13/08/1977 Brentford 2-1 Crystal Palace
  • 11/04/1964 Crystal Palace 1-0 Brentford

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 14/08/2021 Chelsea 3-0 Crystal Palace
  • 07/08/2021 Crystal Palace 3-1 Watford
  • 31/07/2021 Reading 1-3 Crystal Palace
  • 27/07/2021 Ipswich Town 0-1 Crystal Palace
  • 23/07/2021 Stevenage 1-0 Crystal Palace

Last FIVE results for Brentford;

  • 13/08/2021 Brentford 2-0 Arsenal
  • 07/08/2021 Brentford 2-1 Valencia
  • 31/07/2021 Brentford 0-1 West Ham United
  • 28/07/2021 Manchester United 2-2 Brentford
  • 23/07/2021 Cambridge United 1-3 Crystal Palace

RECORD AGAINST BRENTFORD

  • Played 38
  • Won 17
  • Drawn 7
  • Lost 14

FORM PLAYERS ACCORDING TO WHO SCORED

  • Sergi Canos 8.78
  • Christian Norgaard 7.67
  • James McArthur 6.95
  • Jordan Ayew 6.72

ONE TO WATCH

IVAN TONEY

FORMER CLUBS – Northampton Town, Newcastle United, Barnsley (loan), Shrewsbury Town (loan), Scunthorpe United (loan), Wigan Athletic (loan), Peterborough United

More than a goal every two games in a two year stint at Peterborough suggested big things were to happen for the Northampton born striker, and so it proved as his goals fired Brentford to the their first season in the Premier League. Even though he did not get on the score sheet in the opening game, his influence on the game was there for all to see.

KEY CLASH

TYRICK MITCHELL v SERGI CANOS

This will be a fascinating battle considering the performance from the Spaniard against Arsenal which will keep the young Palace full back entertained all afternoon.

PRE-MATCH FACTS

  • This is the first league meeting since Palace won a third tier encounter in 1964. The most recent meeting in any competition was in 1982 when they drew 2-2 in the Football League Trophy.
  • All 30 league meetings have previously taken place in the third tier, with each side winning 13 games.
  • Brentford’s last win against Palace at Selhurst Park was 2-0 in 1957
  • This is the 1,436th different fixture to be played in the English top flight, and the first new one since Brighton played Sheffield United in 2019.
  • Palace are without a victory in their past 9 London derbies and have lost four in a row, conceding at least three goals in those defeats.
  • Patrick Vieira is aiming to become the first Palace boss since Alan Pardew in 2015 to avoid defeat in his opening home league match in charge. Sam Allardyce, Frank de Boer and Roy Hodgson all lost.

PRE-MATCH STATS

  • GOALS – 0
  • ASSISTS – 0
  • PASSES – Marc Guehi (76)
  • TACKLES – Jordan Ayew/ Joel Ward (3)
  • TOUCHES – Marc Guehi (85)
  • SHOTS – Jordan Ayew/ Christian Benteke/ Jeffrey Schlupp/ Wilfried Zaha (1)
  • SAVES – Vicente Guaita (3)

OPPOSITION VIEW COURTESY OF DAVE LANE FROM BEESOTTED BRENTFORD

“Brentford fans head across town in a fairly confident mood, for sure, following last week’s excellent win over Arsenal. We aren’t taking anything for granted, it’s best not to at this level where every team possesses genuine world class talent, but we now KNOW we can win at this level and the Bees players will be chomping at the bit to achieve more of the same euphoria. Palace are the far more experienced side and, on your day, you could do a proper job on us, however, there’s a real sense of ‘anything’s possible’ from Thomas Frank and the lads and we will be coming to win. It should be a cracking game.”

PREDICTION

The Palace fans flock to Selhurst Park this weekend and they will be greeting a new look Palace set up in what will be Patrick Vieira’s first home game in charge of the club. It promises to be an emotional afternoon with a packed ground for the first time in so long but we are banking on Vieira guiding his side to a point or three.

FINAL SCORE: 2-1 to Palace

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 8/5
  • Draw – 2/1
  • Away – 9/5
  • Both teams to score – Evens

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