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Big Match Preview: Crystal Palace

City will secure their first League Cup quarter-final since 1989 should they beat Crystal Palace tonight (7.45pm)

They are the Robins' third Premier League opponents in the Carabao Cup this season.

The Eagles travel to Ashton Gate after winning only three matches all season but their only league win so far came against the champions Chelsea.

City meanwhile, have only lost once at BS3 all season and are looking to bounce back after that disappointing outing against Leeds United on Saturday.

Here’s a closer look at our next opponents.

FACTFILE

Formed: 1905
Nickname: Eagles / Glaziers
Website: www.cpfc.co.uk
Twitter: @CPFC
Ground: Selhurst Park
Capacity: 25,456

Honours:
Second Division: 1978/79, 1993/94
First Division Play-off Final winners: 1997
FA Cup runners up: 1990, 2016
Highest Football League position: Third

Last season:
League finish:
 14th
FA Cup: Fourth round, lost 3-0 (H) to Manchester City
EFL Cup: Third round, lost 2-0 (A) to Southampton
Top scorer: Christian Benteke, 17 goals
Average attendance: 25,161

HOW DID THEY GET HERE?

 

Crystal Palace are facing a relegation battle in the Premier League.

The south London club have lost all except one of their league games this season and have scored the fewest league goals in what has been the worst recorded start to a season by a team in the English football league.

The Eagles board sacked Frank de Boer after just four games into the current campaign and turned to former Bristol City boss Roy Hodgson for better fortunes.

And he saw his side shock champions Chelsea with a 2-1 win to record their first points of the season.

Hodgson is a man of experience and knows how to beat the drop, having saved Fulham in spectacular fashion in 2008.

The ex Inter Milan, Liverpool and England coach, the 2010 LMA (League Managers Association) Manager of the Year, says his side have “been given a headache and have to try to find the aspirin.”

The Glaziers have found success in the Carabao Cup though, having knocked out Huddersfield Town and Ipswich Town in the process to earn their place at Ashton Gate tonight.

But Lee Johnson’s squad have earned themselves a reputation as being the Premier League slayers this year, having already beaten Watford and Stoke City in the cup competition, after their first round victory over Plymouth.

Roy Hodgson was appointed Palace boss after only a handful of games into the current campaign.

MEET THE GAFFER

The Palace boss returns to Ashton Gate where he was caretaker manager at Bristol City for four months in 1982, prior to his assistant manager role to Bob Houghton.

It was only his second job in club management after spending five years at Swedish side Halmstad, where he won the league in 1976 and 1979.

He found further success with Malmo FF with five consecutive league wins and further cup success.

After taking over the Switzerland national side in 1992, he led the Schweizer to the World Cup two years later – their first major tournament since 1966.

Hodgson’s CV boasts management with Finland, Inter Milan and Liverpool but it was his appointment as Fulham coach mid-way through the 2007/08 season that will go down as one of his greatest successes.

The club were two points from safety in the Premier League and a run of 12 points from their final five games helped secure another season in the top flight.

He managed England between 2012 to 2016, overseeing one World Cup and two European Championships. His final game in charge was the 2-1 Euro defeat to Iceland.

Palace striker Wilfried Zaha

STAR MAN – Wilfried Zaha

 There’s no doubt that injury to the Eagles’ front men has played a part in their poor start to the season and the pace and scoring instinct of Wilfried Zaha has been sorely missed. He was statistically the most fouled player last year, proving his trickery nature can be too much for even the best defender’s to keep up with.

He has spent time this season on the sidelines after picking up a knee injury in the season opener but he returned to training earlier this month and inspired the Eagles to their 2-1 win against Chelsea.

Goalscorer Carl Shutt

MEMORABLE MEETING 1988/89

Bristol City 4-1 Crystal Palace

Goals: Shutt 12', Milne 19', Milne, 22', Walsh 92, Pardew 89'

More than 12,000 spectators turned out to see City overturn Crystal Palace at Ashton Gate. Carl Shutt scored the first of three first half goals with a diving header; the other two goals were supplied by Alan Walsh including a first-time curled effort. Ralph Milne added a late fourth before Alan Pardew scored a consolation goal for the visitors. The win put City into the fourth round of the Littlewoods Cup but they ultimately suffered a 2-1 aggregate semi-final defeat to eventual winners Nottingham Forest.

City: Waugh, Newman, Bailey, Humphries, Pender, McClaren, Milne, Galliers, Shut, Walsh, Gavin

Palace: Parkin, Pemberton, Hone, Pardew, Hopkins, O’Reilly, Refearn, Thomas, Bright, Salako, Barber

Attendance: 12,167

AND FINALLY...

Officials
Tim Robinson
Andrew Fox & Mark Jones
Fourth Official: Keith Stroud

Betting (via SkyBet)
City 9/5
Draw: 23/10
Leeds: 645

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