By 90Min
September 26, 2019

Crystal Palace host Norwich at Selhurst Park in the Premier League on Saturday, with neither side having played in the midweek EFL games, having been knocked out in the second round. 

Despite optimism surrounding Norwich, it is the Eagles who are higher in the table, having lost only two games. Despite a lack of goals in the side, Roy Hodgson's side have been incredibly solid at the back. 

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Norwich, meanwhile, have been very hit and miss. Their attacking approach has led them to victories over Newcastle and - staggeringly - Man City, but they have lost a few games due to their gung-ho tactics too.


Here's 90min's preview of the game. 


Where to Watch

When Is Kick Off? Saturday 28 September
What Time Is Kick Off? 15:00 (BST)
Where Is it Played?  Selhurst Park
TV Channel/Live Stream? BBC Final Score/BT Sport Score
Referee? Jonathan Moss



Team News

James Tomkins returned from injury in Palace's Under-23 clash with QPR in midweek, although Gary Cahill is likely to keep his place in the starting XI. 

Elsewhere, Connor Wickham is a doubt with an ankle sprain. 

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Norwich, on the other hand, have been decimated by injuries. Timm Klose, Christoph Zimmermann and Onel Hernandez are long-term absentees, while Tom Trybull and Max Aarons are out for another month. 


A potential goalkeeping problem has arisen for Daniel Farke, with both Tim Krul and Ralf Fahrmann doubts for the weekend, although Norwich are hopeful that the former will recover in time. 


Elsewhere, midfielders Mario Vrancic and Alexander Tettey are also doubts.



Predicted Lineups

Palace Guaita; Ward, Cahill, Sakho, van Aanholt; McArthur, Milivojevic, Kouyate, Schlupp; Zaha, Ayew.
Norwich Krul; Byram, Amadou, Godfrey, Lewis; Leitner, McLean; Buendia, Stiepermann, Cantwell; Pukki. 

Head to Head Record

Historically this match up is incredibly even, with Palace victorious 48 times compared to Norwich's 44.

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However, the last time these two sides were in the same division, back in 2015/16, Palace were dominant, winning both the home and away ties. 


Jason Puncheon scored the only goal in a 1-0 win at Selhurst Park. 


Recent Form

Palace sit 12th in the table, picking up more points than expected after having a rather underwhelming summer transfer window. 

The Eagles are unbeaten at home, picking up a win and two draws, on top of a shock 2-1 win over Man Utd at Old Trafford.

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The Canaries, on the other hand, have disappointed on the road, scoring just the one goal and picking up zero points. 


Norwich will be keen to prove that they can turn up and play their football at any ground, not just Carrow Road. 


Here's how each team has performed in their last five fixtures:


Palace Norwich
Palace 1-1 Wolves (22/9) Burnley 2-0 Norwich (21/9)
Spurs 4-0 Palace (14/9) Norwich 3-2 Man City (14/9)
Palace 1-0 Villa (31/8) West Ham 2-0 Norwich (31/8)
Palace 0-0 Colchester (27/8) Crawley 1-0 Norwich (27/8)
Man Utd 1-2 Palace (24/8) Norwich 2-3 Chelsea (24/8)



Prediction 

Palace have been defensively solid at home this season, conceding just one goal - a last minute equaliser from Diogo Jota in their recent clash with Wolves.

At the same time, Norwich have struggled on the road, with their only goal being Teemu Pukki's consolation strike against Liverpool on opening day.

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However, expect Norwich to break their duck this time around, although this should be an even contest.


Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-1 Norwich.

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