Crystal Palace vs Fulham: Monday Night Football Preview

With just one Premier League match remaining for Gameweek 8 we turn our attention to Crystal Palace vs Fulham. It has been a strong week in fantasy terms with a Gameweek average above 50 points. Players like Berbatov and Gayle amongst others feature in plenty of FPL teams so there are still points to play for.

Bet McLean

Premier League Preview

Crystal Palace Vs Fulham analysis: Sky Sports 1 – 21st October – KO: 20.00

Ian Holloway’s Crystal Palace host Martin Jol’s Fulham on Monday evening in a crunch match at the foot of the table, already being branded a ‘six pointer’.

Palace have so far struggled with the adaptation to life in the premier tier of English football and are now one of only two sides yet to conger up a clean sheet (as well as Sunderland). Whilst Fulham have shown improvement of late amid aspirations of a top half of the table finish, they’re still increasingly struggling for goals, having only found the net twice in their last four matches. Both of these sides are traditionally very poor in London derbies, with their win percentages staggering way below 25%, although it’s worth noting Fulham do boast an impressive record against Palace having won four of their last 5 meetings.

Fulham will take comfort in last week’s long overdue win at home to Cardiff, their first win of the campaign since the opening defeat of Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. Darren Bent was the match winner on that occasion, netting with just seven minutes left on the clock. He’s made a solid start to life in West London, making his presence known in Berbatov’s absence. Crystal Palace have yet to show any real sign they have what it takes to show some resistance this season, with their only points coming against Sunderland back in August.

A shinning list in the midst for Palace this season has been that of Joel Ward, signed from Portsmouth for just £400,000 over the summer, maybe going under the radar to a lot of you. He’s shown experience beyond his years in defence to date and a confidence in possession you may not expect for such a young man. His pace and intelligence will be key to combat the attacking threats Fulham will bring to Selhurst Park on Monday, with Darren Bent and Dimitar Berbatov both vying for starting places. Another key battle as ever will be through the middle of the park, this will be a nervy game for Palace fans so keeping possession in the early stages will be key. Jedinak who was mightily impressive in the Championship last term, has yet to show that kind of blistering form in the Premier League as yet, he could be a key figure on Monday night. He holds all the attributes necessary to make it in the top tier, in particular a real intelligence off the ball that often goes unnoticed. He’ll likely be faced by a 4-2-3-1, with either Ruiz or Taarabt picking up the pockets off space in between midfield the midfield lines, both more than capable of causing real damage to this Palace outfit.

With regards to team news, Crystal Palace’s Dikgacoi and Gabbidon will both miss the game whilst the Eagles still have a number of long-term absentees on the road to recovery. Fulham also have their fair share of injury concerns, as they’re expected to be without Scott Parker for the tie, with Hangeland and Dejagah also ruled out. Dimitar Berbatov will take a late fitness take but is expected to make it, with Darren Bent ready to deputise if not.

Preview from @CalcioAnalizzat

British with a fixation for La Liga & in particular the Italian Serie A & B. I have taken a keen interest in analytical break downs of the game for several years now, first venturing into journalism after relevant studies in university. I am also a keen gambler, primarily focusing my attentions on the British football leagues, Bundesliga & Serie A

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