Crystal Palace v Norwich City

8 Apr

Norwich's victory last weekend has taken them four points clear of the relegation zone.

Martin Olsson’s injury-time winner against Newcastle has taken Norwich four points clear of the drop zone


Crystal Palace striker Connor Wickham could make his first appearance since 1 March after returning to training following a thigh injury.

Yohan Cabaye is also fit to return after missing last week, but Emmanuel Adebayor remains a doubt with a knock.

Russell Martin is expected to be fit for Norwich after a minor knock ruled him out of the 3-2 victory against Newcastle last Saturday.

The Canaries’ only definite absentee is Alex Tettey who has a long-term injury.


John Motson: “On New Year’s Day, Palace lay fifth in the table, 10 places above Norwich, but their run of 14 games without a victory has seen them plummet down the table. Now just three points separate these teams and that gap could disappear on Saturday.

“While the Eagles continue to search for an elusive league win in 2016, the Canaries’ spirits will be high after getting two wins from two, just when they needed them.

“However, Norwich have lost six of their last seven away games, while Palace have lost six on the bounce at Selhurst Park and I see this being a low-scoring relegation scrap, decided by one goal.

“Expect a real battle between two teams still desperately scrambling for points.”


Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew: “Our season is in the balance, it could still be a great season for us but we need to get some points in this league to get into a healthier position.

“There is a real determination from the group to get our league position healthier.

“We are actually closer to mid-table than we are to the bottom three so we can still finish strongly and that is what we want to do.”

Norwich manager Alex Neil: “We’ve found a good balance now between attacking and defending, that’s something I’ve been speaking about throughout the season.

“I think we’re at a stage now where we’re relatively comfortable with our game and everybody is enjoying it.

“But all we’ve done really is give ourselves a good opportunity to get ourselves out of the situation we were in. These next two games in particular are ones where we really need to force that home.”


Norwich picked up a fantastic win over Newcastle last time out and have now taken seven points from their past three games.

But the Eagles are a better team than their form suggests and I think it is finally going to be their week to end that awful run, put some daylight between themselves and the bottom four and throw Norwich back into the thick of the relegation battle.

Prediction: 2-0

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Crystal Palace are the only team in the top four tiers of English football yet to win a league game in 2016.<!–



  • Norwich have not won at Crystal Palace for nearly 20 years – since a 1-0 victory in May 1996 in the old Division One.
  • The Canaries have won just two of their last 16 league meetings with the Eagles (D6, L8).

Crystal Palace

  • Crystal Palace remain without a league win since 19 December – a run of 14 games (D5, L9).
  • They have lost six successive home games in the league and their tally of 14 points at home is the second worst record in the top flight this season behind Aston Villa (10).
  • The Eagles have not kept a clean sheet in their last 12 league matches.
  • Palace have scored 18 goals from set pieces this season – a joint-league high with Tottenham.


  • Norwich have taken seven points from their last three league games – prior to this run they had taken one from 27 available.
  • They scored three goals against Newcastle in their last match – more than they managed in their previous five combined (two).
  • Their tally of 31 points from 32 games is one fewer than they had at the same stage of the 2013-14 season when they were relegated.
  • The Canaries have conceded a league-high eight penalties this season.

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