Sports Mole reviews Monday’s Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Fulham, including predictions, team news and potential lineups.
Crystal Palace And the Fulham Marking their return to Premier League action with the London derby at Selhurst Park on Boxing Day.
Just two places separate the two 19-point teams in the table at the moment, with the Eagles – who have a game in hand – in 11th and the Cougars in ninth.
Another season of inconsistency has arrived at Selhurst Park, but the positive signs far outweigh the negative ones underneath. Patrick Vieirawho pays on his side to spoil half of the apple cart in the second half of the campaign.
Defeats to Newcastle United in the League Cup and Nottingham Forest in the Premier League without scoring were far from an ideal way for Palace to enter the World Cup break, and also left the Eagles wanting more than a winter friendly.
Indeed, Vieira’s side drew Botafogo and Trabzonspor before suffering a 3-1 defeat at Serie A leaders Napoli – for which not many would send them off – but Wilfried Zaha A brace helped Palace beat Real Valladolid 2-1 on December 16th.
A total of 19 points from 14 matches left Palace within striking distance of the top half, but their paltry tally of 15 goals is only better than that scored by the bottom five teams in the division, and both of their final Boxing Day matches ended in 3–0 defeats.
However, home is the heart of Crystal Palace, who have recorded back-to-back Premier League wins over Leeds United, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Southampton in their own patch, and only Chelsea and Arsenal have beaten Vieira’s men at Selhurst Park in their last 13 home matches. .
The World Cup break arguably came at an ideal time for Fulham too, as the Cougars may have run out of steam after an eye-popping first half of the season, allowing them to cement their place in the top half of the rankings. .
Facing both Manchester clubs in the space of seven days was daunting for him Mark SilvaMen, who only lost 2-1 to Manchester City and Manchester United in both matches, and it took injury time winners from Erling Braut Haaland And the Alexander Garnacho to settle those competitions.
Only Leicester City (25) have scored more goals than Fulham (24) outside the top six in the Premier League this season, and the Cougars’ only winter friendly ended in a 1-1 draw with West Ham United last Saturday, with Carlos Vinicius Make a ripple net in the absence of prolific Alexander Mitrović.
Goal-packed matches have been Fulham’s theme in the Premier League this season, with Silva’s side scoring 10 goals and conceding 13 more in their last six such matches, and they can now become the first Premier League side to lose in history. Three consecutive games of more than 90 minutes winners.
None of Fulham’s last five Premier League matches against Crystal Palace have ended in victory for the Cougars, who most recently drew the Eagles 0-0 at Selhurst Park in February 2021, and it has been more than nine years since the visitors last goal. Or win at Selhurst Park.
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A defensive adjustment will be made for Crystal Palace who lost Mark Joye A one-match ban for accumulating yellow cards James Tomkins He must step in alongside the returning Dane Joachim Andersen.
A goal keeper Sam Johnston He is expected to be on the sidelines until February with a coccyx injury, but he has shaped company James McArthur And the Nathan Fergusonand both are unlikely to return to work before the New Year.
Competition for spots along with spell Zaha in attack is more prevalent than ever for palace and return Jordan Ayew The gesture can be given along Odson Edward for DC clash.
As for Fulham, nine-goal forward Mitrovic returned from the World Cup still suffering from a slight foot injury, and Silva admitted the Serbia international might not be ready for Boxing Day – and the same could be said of the left-back. Anthony Robinson and his foot problem.
Neskins Kebano He still has several months of rehabilitation to go before the Achilles tear is fully healed Levin Kurzawa And the Manor Solomon Staying out of contention after they suffer setbacks in their recovery.
A third consecutive Premier League start could come Vinicius’ way as Mitrovic eye a possible return against Southampton on New Year’s Eve, while Tim Ream He might be required at left back if Robinson doesn’t make the cut.
Potential Crystal Palace squad:
Guaita. Cline, Anderson; Tomkins, Mitchell; Slurp, Docor, Easy; Ayo, Edward, Zaha
Possible starting lineup for Fulham:
lino. Tete, Adarabioyo, Diop, Riam; Straw Reid, Pereira, William; Vinicius
We say: Crystal Palace 1-1 Fulham
Fulham rarely play in dull matters away from home, but the potential absence of Mitrovic will hinder their attacking abilities against a Palace side who are a force to be reckoned with at Selhurst Park.
It was hard for the Eagles to score goals just before the end of the World Cup and we think this London derby has a low-goal draw written all over it.
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