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Fulham visit Palace ~ Match Preview Prem MD25

last updated Saturday 02nd February 2019, 10:52 AM

Match Preview

Crystal Palace vrs Fulham

Premier League Match Day 25 1819 Selhurst Park

Saturday 2nd February 2019,    KO: 15:00

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

Claudio Ranieri
Fulham Coach
Claudio Ranieri
Claudio Ranieri
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Crystal Palace Manager Roy Hodgson
Crystal Palace
Roy Hodgson
Roy Hodgson
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Fulham and Crystal Palace emerged from the transfer window with their attacking ranks reinforced, though Michy Batshuayi and Lazar Markovic may have to wait for their chances to impress for Crystal Palace and Fulham respectively.

Palace must prove again they can triumph in the absence of Wilfried Zaha – the winger’s dismissal in midweek was untimely given a critical run of games – while Fulham seek to build on that rip-roaring comeback against Brighton.

They have secured only two points on their travels but Palace’s home form is hardly impressive.

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson: "We will see a lot of games like this, with both teams desperate for points. We know the severity of the situation, it will be two highly motivated teams. Both will be anxious to get points on the board.

"We [Hodgson and Claudio Ranieri] go back quite a long way. He was very helpful to me when I went to Serie A. There isn't a great deal of contact with the other coaches in Italy, but he went out of his way to extend a welcoming hand."

Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri on Wilfried Zaha's absence: "There are so many good players there, it's not only Zaha.

"It's a good team with a fantastic manager. Roy is unbelievable, we must be very concentrated."


  • Fulham have lost only one of their last 11 league matches away to Palace, winning five.

  • There have been 15 goals scored in the past four meetings.

  • Palace haven't hosted Fulham in the Premier League since October 2013, when the Cottagers won 4-1 in Ian Holloway's final match in charge of Palace


  • Fulham are the only Premier League side yet to record an away victory.

  • They have claimed one point from five away games since Claudio Ranieri took charge.

  • Ranieri is without a win in his last 20 Premier League away matches, losing 14 of them.

  • However, the Italian has won all three of his previous Premier League meetings against Palace.

  • The Whites have conceded a league-high 30 away goals.

  • Fulham could become the first team in top-flight history to lose eight straight London derbies.

Crystal Palace

  • Palace have claimed just five points from a possible 18 since December's 3-2 victory at Manchester City.

  • They have won only two of their 11 league games at Selhurst Park this season. Their tally of nine points at home is the second lowest in the division; Huddersfield have five.

  • The Eagles have scored just six goals at home and failed to score in seven of their 11 fixtures.

  • Seventeen Premier League goals have been scored at Selhurst Park, eight fewer than at any other stadium in 2018-19.

  • Only Liverpool have let in fewer first-half goals this season than Palace's seven.

  • Palace have won four and lost 19 of their last 28 Premier League London derbies.

Source BBC Sport/SkySports/Dominic Fifield at The Guardian
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