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High Flying Eagles – Crystal Palace Preview

Blues return after the international break to take on Ian Holloway’s high-flying Eagles at Selhurst Park today with Crystal Palace looking to firm up their promotion credentials. Blues however will be hopeful that they can cement their place in midtable as they look to avoid being pulled back into the relegation mixer.

Crystal Palace

Palace sit fourth in the Championship table, with sixty-five points from thirty-eight games, three points off an automatic promotion slot. Whilst their form is okay with three wins and a draw in their last six games it’s worth noting that they have only lost one game all season at home – and that was the opening league fixture to Watford back in August of last year.

Wilfried Zaha is suspended for this game but Palace are hopeful that Danny Gabbidon, Joel Ward and Alex Nimely will return after injury. New signing Aruna Dindane probably won’t feature due to a lack of match practice but former Blues target Stephen Dobbie is back in the squad after being ineligible for the trip to the Amex Stadium. Jacob Butterfield has returned to Norwich after his loan spell ended and Owen Garvan and Paddy McCarthy remain out.


Blues return from the international break with no further injuries than there were before it, and of the two that were unfit only Jonathan Spector remains a doubt. Mitch Hancox has recovered from his hamstring injury and could slot in at left back allowing Shane Ferguson to be pushed into a more attacking role, whilst Keith Fahey and Ravel Morrison could well start in the middle. Seventeen-year-old Academy starlet Koby Arthur could feature on the bench.

This is a tough one for Blues; Palace are a good side and their home record is formidable having won twelve of their nineteen games at Selhurst. They will be somewhat down without the Manchester United bound Zaha but I honestly think Blues will struggle with the pace of Yannick Bolasie and the artistry of Jonathan Williams in midfield. I think the best we can hope for is another battling performance as we have seen of late away from home and see what that brings us. A defeat in this game is by no means the end of the world, and as such I’m a little bit more relaxed about it than I have been in recent weeks.

The match is live on Sky Sports 1, 5:30pm kick off.

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27 Responses to “High Flying Eagles – Crystal Palace Preview”

  • mark says:

    HI Dan glad we are back on the subject of football again….. I wont be there this evening, as i will be

    attending the Wolves game instead. Like you in your blog I am in agreement this will be tough game for

    blues. But funny things happen in football I would like to think IMO maybe we might get shock result

    there tonight fingers crossed draw or win will be bonus. Good luck you blue boys Kro

  • mark says:

    I do hope Clark will have faith to give Koby an opportunity to taste some 1st team experience in this game.. Kro

    • BhamCityJulian says:

      Not sensible to play Koby Arthur at all tonight. Why give every scout an opportunity to see him from the comfort of their armchair?

      • bluenoseneil says:

        Stupid comment. Don’t let an enthusiastic young pro play in case scouts ONLY ever scout from Sky televised games????!!! Dear god…..

        You’re the kind of fan who selfishly wishes we can hold onto all our talent forever to stifle an otherwise blossoming career and potential as opposed to actually letting them be what they should.

        Good luck to Koby Arthur. Hope he gets minutes and he can become a star.


        • BhamCityJulian says:

          Para 1 – I didn’t say scouts only scout from the TV. As for being stupid that it subjective, not objective. IMO you are being very naive about the world of football business

          Para 2 – You have no idea about my views on whether we should keep our youngsters when it could be in their best interests to sell them (your words, not mine)

        • chas says:

          Neil, did you actually read what he put ? Agree with his view or not, but have respect for his right to have it..He was makingf a point, as he is entitled.Very unlike you to reply in that vein.

          • bluenoseneil says:

            Yep you’re right Chas. quickly read, misinterpreted and a dumbass response.

            Sorry Julian!


  • sutton apex says:

    fancy us for a draw tonight – cant go but will be on a barge with four other blues listening to radio – KRO

  • Letsby Avenue says:

    If we won this…. what a kicker-in-the-face
    for the anti-blues and anti-Clarks

    It’s taken awhile, but Lee Clark has bitten the bullet and changed things for the better.

    But after Palace’s recent mauling at Briighton and Murrays new “Big deal”..they must be on an upper- reverb and renewal – so I’d really be happy with a point. this evening.

    Lee’s only problem has been surrounding himself with “comfort players”

  • Ali Duncan says:

    A Blues team with some confidence at last.

    Although Boro were a poor side I though we put in an impressive away performance. It’s pleasing that we actually have players in form and appear to be tighter at the back. I expect Ravel to have another strong game and Nathan (if he plays) and Fergi to impose themselves down the flanks. Some of Palace’s football this season has been excellent but our form of late (only Forest and Bolton have more points from the last ten games in the top 12) has very pleasing and providing Fahey can put a full shift in To combat their strong midfield I expect us to get something tonight.

  • Marky mark says:

    As long as the boys give there best I’ll be happy, let’s hope its better than our previous TV appearances this season.

    Not confident of getting a result, but confident the team will turn up and put in a decent showing, and sometimes that’s all you can ask for.

    • garyforeverblue says:

      got to have a little faith marky mark we are bluenoses 4-0 against palace shows that we turned the corner, its up to us as fans who are behind team and manager to show the positivity, anything can happen in football get wembley play off ticket at the ready lol

  • Blueboy88 says:

    Blast from the past……the other side of pro football..


  • mark says:

    we want five ha HA HAMMMERIING……………. Wish i gone now bring on the wolves…….

  • mark says:

    clark we love you inclarkwetrust we are blue we white we are f**k Diamond white lalala

  • David says:

    I was one who called for lee Clark to be sacked and whilst I still am not convinced by him, I have to praise him and the team for a fantastic result. Get rid of the owners asap and then we can look forward to next season. well done blues.

  • mark says:

    we are 10th 7 points from the play off who’s believer………..c’mon c’mon kro

  • twooutofthreelatchfords says:

    They passed well, they tackled well, they used their brains. A great performance. Burke’s absence was good for Redmond who was able to go on the right wing. Good to hear the Blues travelling support loud and clear too.

  • big frank says:

    what a result and a clean sheet aswell. well done blues.kro

  • garyforeverblue says:

    forget the b*ii sh*t in the boardroom get behind the lads and manager fill st.Andrew with keep right on to the end of the road , and sent those’s yam yam on their way………….

  • Iggy says:

    Where exactly did that performance come from? Best away showing since the 5-1 away at Newcastle in the Cup (2007?)

    Fantastic performance throughout the team.

  • skareggae72 says:

    Wow,i did not see this one coming after a season of mostly mediocrity & off the field turmoil.
    Could be interesting to see how the next few results go & if Forest,Leicester & Brighton bottle it.

  • RichardM says:

    WHEY HEY HEY!!!! WHAT A F***** ‘ RESULT!!! And 4-0 didn’t flatter us either!!!

    Lee Clark a shite manager, what the F*** do I know about football!!!

    Redmond and Morrison the difference in my opinion, they always seem to play really well together – as they did against Cardiff but didn’t get the breaks, that and finally dropping Caudwell – suddently with Davies and Robinson at centre-back we look secure at the back once more, and it’s allowed Hancox more game time to develop, and he links well with Ferguson (what a screamer for the 4th – can’t remember the last time I saw Blues score with such a precision free-kick!!)

    It’s taken a lot of pain and anguish and mistakes – but maybe Clark has found the right formula at last. I’m not sure whether by design or accident, but even I can’t knock the bloke on this one – WELL DONE BLUES, WELL DONE LEE CLARK.

    • Paul Carter - The Voice Of Reason says:

      ‘Lee Clark a shite manager, what the F*** do I know about football!!!’ Nothing.

      Unfortunately you know a lot about insults and abuse like the other so called fans on here who have slaughtered Lee all season long.

      Blues my ar*e. Wouldn’t know the meaning of support.

  • Paul Carter - The Voice Of Reason says:

    Great result by the loanees and the kids.

    Cold down there but worth the trip.

    Tactics spot on and the team very much ‘on it’

    This was an outstanding result, Palaces first home loss I think, and makes an awful lot of internet warriors who never go look very very stupid. Ram it right down their throats Lee and KRO.

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