Crystal Palace v Fulham - Match Preview, Stats & Team News

Selhurst Park

To be played on Monday 21st October 2013 at 20:00. Venue: Selhurst Park, London

Crystal Palace 17/10, Draw 23/10, Fulham 9/5

Crystal Palace and Fulham meet in a battle to avoid dropping into the relegation zone.

Whilst Fulham have showed signs of improvement and big hopes that they will start to move away from the drop zone, Crystal Palace have yet to show any signs that they may be able to survive in the Premier League.

It will be a close game and I think it will be decided by the odd goal with both teams having chances to win the game

Team news

Dimitar Berbatov and Scott Parker will have a late fitness test before the game to determine if they are ready to play any role in the match. The return of Berbatov will be a big boost for Fulham as they definitely need his quality back in the side after struggling in his absence.

Parker would provide some much need experience in the middle of the park, the return of these two could be a catalyst for Fulham’s season.

Palace will also have their fare share of injury concerns for the visit of Fulham. Dikgacoi and Gabbidon will both miss the game whilst the Eagles still have a number of long-term absentees on the road to recovery. Club captain Paddy McCarthy is expected to make a return to the squad next month.

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Statistics

Dwight Gayle is Palace’s leading scorer this season with two goals whilst loan signing Darren Bent has netted the most for Fulham with two goals in the league.

Crystal Palace’s home record: Played 3, Won 1, Drawn 0, Lost 2, Goals For 3, Goals Against 4

Fulham’s away record: Played 3, Won 0, Drawn 0, Lost 3, Goals For 1, Goals Against 3

Crystal Palace had 39% of the possession in their last match. A 3-1 at Liverpool

Fulham had 44% of the possession in their last match. A 1-0 win at home to Stoke

Crystal Palace’s last six games: 1 win, 0 draws, 5 losses

Fulham’s last six games: 1 wins, 1 draw, 4 losses

Five players to watch:

Darren Bent

Bent has been in good form since joining from Aston Villa on loan for the season especially with the absence of Dimitar Berbatov through injury. He has led the line well but now Berbatov is back he will be looking to form an effective partnership with him. His will form will be key if Fulham want to move up the Premier League table.

Bryan Ruiz

The skillful Costa Rican has show flashes of brilliance in his time at Fulham but has never quite been able to perform like that consistently. This season will be big for him and against Crystal Palace he could have a chance to make his first mark this campaign.

Dwight Gayle

The young forward has been a bonus for Palace so far this season having joined from Peterborough in the summer. He will battle Chamakh for the lead striker’s role but there’s no one stating that they can’t play together and be effective. It will be interesting to see how he fares against Fulhams defence.

Marouane Chamakh

Chamakh arrived at Arsenal 3 years ago with a impressive reputation in the French league, sadly it never worked out at the Emirates and he now finds himself playing football at Selhurst Park. He hasn’t had the best start to his career at Palace, he was booked for diving when he really should have scored against Southampton, but Holloway will be hoping that he finds his scoring touch soon.

Julian Speroni

The Eagles goalkeeper has been there through thick and thin with Palace and he is now playing the Premier League once again. He was one of the top goalkeepers in the Championship last season and will need to up his level this year. As the Club captain he will also play a big role in their survival chances, Palace will be relying on him to be rock solid between the goal posts.

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