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Norwich vs Crystal Palace Match Preview



We’re sure you remember the last meeting between Crystal Palace and Norwich as it was a 3-0 victory for the Eagles on the 28th of December. However, Norwich has found their form this past month having picked up vital wins against Everton and Norwich in the league and beating Wolves in the fourth-round cup tie.

Also, Palace haven’t won in the league since that home match against the Canaries so they’ll be wanting to get the three points to make sure not to get sucked into the relegation battle. With Newcastle’s win over Everton last night, this has put Norwich back in the bottom three, but a win for them would see them leapfrog Newcastle back into 17th.

It’s going to be a tough match for the Eagles, but with key players returning from injuries and the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), it’s going to be an exciting one.

Crystal Palace Team News

Patrick Vieira in his pre-match press conference said that it’s almost back to a fully fit squad. The only exception is Nathan Ferguson who has had a tough time with injuries during his career. It’s good news that James McArthur and James Tomkins are both back fit though. McArthur had earned the captain’s armband during the first half of the season before getting injured and he’s a player who always gives 110%.

Cheikhou Kouyaté will still be unavailable as he’s busy celebrating with the Senegal squad after their victory in the AFCON final against Egypt. Vieira said that he’ll also miss the match on Saturday versus Brentford.

Although Zaha didn’t feature in the FA Cup tie with Hartlepool at the weekend, we know that he’s fit and back in training so we’d be surprised not to see him at some point tonight.

Norwich City Team News

In the previous match between these two, Norwich had many players out with both injuries and COVID-19. Like Palace, Norwich’s squad is finally getting back to its full potential with the likes of Mathias Normann and Lukas Rupp coming back. Even Billy Gilmour returned for the FA Cup tie against Wolves so we expect to see him for this match tonight.

Dean Smith has struggled to pick his starting 11 due to so many of their players being out. It has been confirmed that Ozan Kabak is still out after missing the match with Wolves at the weekend and so won’t feature this evening either. Jacob Sorensen is also out probably until the end of the month so another player is out for them.

Crystal Palace vs Norwich Match prediction

As we said already, we doubt it’s going to be as straightforward for Palace as it was in December. Norwich are on a three-win streak and four within five games so Dean Smith has definitely built confidence within the squad now.

Palace haven’t been amazing away from home this season and Carrow Road is somewhat of a fortress for Norwich. We predict that the match will end in a 1-1 draw and we think that would be a decent result for Palace. Although Norwich still have a few injuries to key players so we’d like to see the Eagles come away with the three points.

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Crystal Palace vs Chelsea Match Preview & Prediction



Crystal Palace vs Chelsea Match Preview

Crystal Palace are set to face Chelsea on Saturday 1st October in what will be their first match since the 3rd of September against Newcastle.

Queen Elizabeth II’s death and a train strike led to the postponement of two of Palace’s fixtures so now these will have to be replayed. The international break followed these games being called off so hopefully, the players have kept fit during this long absence of matches.

Chelsea did miss one Premier League match, but they still played two Champions League matches during September. Last season, Chelsea did the double over Crystal Palace and then there was the painful defeat to them in the FA Cup semi-final as well.

Having picked up only two points from their last three matches, Palace need a result against their London rivals. The fact that it is the former Brighton manager, Graham Potter’s first Premier League match in charge at Chelsea might help spur on the players.

Keep reading for team news and stick around until the end to see our Crystal Palace vs Chelsea prediction.

Crystal Palace team news, injuries, and more

Six of Palace’s squad were away with their national teams this past week so they should all still be match fit, even if some didn’t get any minutes.

The six players were Guehi for England, Andersen for Denmark, Zaha for Ivory Coast, Ayew for Ghana, Doucoure for Mali, and Ebiowei for England under-20s.

The four injured Palace players that have been out for most of the season will likely not be available for the match with Chelsea. Ferguson and Tomkins are definitely out according to Premier Injuries, whilst Butland and McArthur are set to return at the start of October Vieira won’t risk playing either of them if they’re not fully fit.

The fact that Michael Olise hasn’t been away on international duty with France might mean that he gets to start ahead of Ayew. Although, Vieira likes to play with five in defence and have midfielders that track back more, like Ayew, when playing tough opponents like Chelsea.

Chelsea team news, injuries, and more

It’s Graham Potter’s first game in charge with Chelsea in the Premier League and who better to play than his former rivals. He’ll want to get off to a flying start in the league after a draw in his first match in the Champions League against RB Salzburg.

In that game, he brought off Sterling early even though he scored and looked to be a threat. The fact that he’s not had much time with the team could work in Palace’s favour.

Kepa Arrizabalaga will likely start in goal as Edouard Mendy is still out with a knee injury, although it looks like he’s set to return at the start of October.

Another key player that Chelsea will likely have to do without is Kante, who has been sidelined since August after picking up a thigh injury.

It’s not clear whether Christian Pulisic will be available for the match as he didn’t feature in the US men’s national team that lost 2-0 to Japan on Friday in a pre-World Cup match. They play Saudi Arabia today though, so this will give some indication of his fitness level, if he does feature.

Crystal Palace vs Chelsea Prediction

Whilst everyone would expect a Chelsea win in this fixture based on the previous results between these two sides, our prediction is that it’s not going to be that simple.

James from agreed, saying, “it’s going to be a tough match for Graham Potter’s Chelsea as they need to gel as a team under a new manager. Selhurst Park is never an easy place to go, so anything could happen”.

The Eagles will look to play on the counter-attack, probably with five in defence, making it hard for Chelsea to break them down. Chelsea have enough quality to get a goal though, but the Palace’s fans will be as loud as ever after almost a month with no fixtures.

That’s why our Crystal Palace vs Chelsea prediction is a score draw at 1-1.

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Newcastle vs Crystal Palace Match Preview & Prediction



Newcastle Crystal Palace Logos Over St James' Park

Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace side will travel to the north of the country to face Newcastle on Saturday afternoon. Both sides have one win from the first five Premier League matches, but Newcastle have one more point as Palace have lost two and drawn two.

Both clubs were quiet on the final day of the transfer window, although Newcastle did splash out £63 million on Swedish striker and former Real Sociedad player, Alexander Isak. He scored on his debut against Liverpool in their 2-1 loss in midweek.

Palace know that St James’ Park is a hard place to go to, especially under Eddie Howe’s rejuvenated Newcastle. Though, the Eagles will be up for the battle having led at home against Brentford until the 88th minute on Tuesday night.

Keep reading for team news, injuries, and finally our Newcastle vs Crystal Palace prediction.

Crystal Palace Team news

Crystal Palace will have the entire squad that faced Brentford in midweek meaning that there are no new injuries. Vieira mentioned in his pre-match press conference that Will Hughes trained with the team on Friday so he’ll make the trip to Newcastle. But, we doubt that he’ll start.

The three players that remain sidelined are James McArthur, James Tomkins and Nathan Ferguson.

Zaha returned against Brentford and got his fourth goal of the season and he’ll be fit for the match with Newcastle. Mitchell didn’t start at left-back due to coming off against Manchester City, but he did come on and get over 30 minutes.

A lot of the pre-match press conference was taken up speaking about the closing of the transfer window. Palace didn’t sign anyone new on the final day of the window, but reportedly made an offer for Peterborough United’s central defender, Ronnie Edwards.

Another piece of news that came as a bit of a shock, was that Tayo Adaramola was recalled by Palace. We understand this happened because he wasn’t getting any first-team game time. It will also allow him to train with the first team at Palace and get called upon if needed at left-back.

Newcastle Team News

Eddie Howe confirmed that England striker Callum Wilson will remain out for their home tie with Palace as he still hasn’t recovered from hamstring issues.

Newcastle fans will be happy to hear that Bruno Guimaraes and Allan Saint-Maximin are likely to return, but nothing is confirmed yet. So, whether they’ll feature in the starting lineup or be on the bench is still yet to see.

Newcastle United’s record transfer signing, Alexander Isak, picked up a slight knock against Liverpool after scoring on his debut. However, Eddie Howe made it sound like it wasn’t serious and that he’ll manage to start on Saturday.

Surprisingly, Newcastle didn’t make any further signings after the Swedish international joined from Real Sociedad.

Newcastle vs Crystal Palace Prediction

The last time Crystal Palace played Newcastle at St James’ Park the home side won 1-0 and the other fixture at Selhurst Park was 1-1. Both teams will be pushing for their second win of the season, but Newcastle will be the favourites.

They’re at home, which has become somewhat of a fortress since the new owners and manager came in. Plus, they’ll be wanting to bounce back after losing in the last minute against Liverpool.

Palace will put up a strong fight though, so we’re going to go for either a 2-1 win for Newcastle or a 1-1 draw.

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Crystal Palace vs Brentford Match Preview & Prediction



Crystal Palace and Brentford Logos over Selhurst Park

It’s time for the first midweek Premier League match of the season and Palace are set to host Brentford. The Bees sit one point ahead of Palace having drawn two, lost one and won one when they thrashed Manchester United 4-0.

Crystal Palace will be wanting to bounce back after the 4-2 loss against Man City on Saturday. Vieira in his pre-match press conference was questioned on whether the £27 million bid reported by The Telegraph has any truth in it, but he remained silent on players from other clubs.

It’s going to be a tight match on Tuesday night as both teams will be fighting for their second win of the season.

Keep reading to see the team news for both clubs and our Crystal Palace vs Brentford prediction.

Crystal Palace Team News

The main three absentees, James McArthur, Nathan Ferguson, and James Tomkins all remain out of this fixture. But, Zaha and Mitchell have both been training, both individually and in some group training.

Wilfried Zaha was ruled out of the match with City on Friday evening so whether he’ll be fit for this match with Brentford is still unsure. Tyrick Mitchell who had a great first half against City had to go off midway through the second half with what looked like an ankle injury. Vieira will be hoping both these two will be fit for this important match.

Vieira was pressed twice in his pre-match conference on whether more players will be joining. Palace fans will be hoping that they can sign Conor Gallagher, but there are many other clubs interested in the Chelsea player.

For the previous two matches, Palace have had two goalkeepers on the bench which shows that they are short on numbers without having to rely on academy players.

Brentford Team News

Brentford also have a few players out, but Kristoffer Ajer could potentially make a return. Players that definitely won’t feature against Palace on Tuesday night are Ethan Pinnock, Sergi Canos and Pontus Jansson.

Ivan Toney has already got two goals for the season and is knocking on the door for an England call-up with the World Cup only 3-4 months away. Ben Mee has slotted in nicely at the centre of defence since joining from Burnley in the summer too.

Crystal Palace vs Brentford Prediction

Last season, the two matches between Crystal Palace and Brentford resulted in two goalless draws, although both teams were unlucky not to score.

With both teams scoring quite a few goals in the opening four games, we’re going to go out on a limb and say that it won’t be a goalless draw this time. Our Crystal Palace vs Brentford prediction is 2-1 to the Eagles.

Palace looked strong at home against Aston Villa in the only win of the season (so far) and we think they can repeat this to bounce back after the defeat to Man City on the weekend.

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