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Crystal Palace vs. Blackpool

Selhurst Park

Saturday 27th August

15.00

Preview: Palace v 'Pool

Blackpool make their second long away trip in two weeks tomorrow when they take on Crystal Palace.

The Eagles have had a fantastic start to the season that has caught many by surprise, so tomorrow will be a tough test.

Nevertheless, 'Pool manager Ian Holloway will be looking for a much improved performance for the boys in tangerine as they look to get back to winning ways and end the month in the top six.

Vital Quotes:

Ian Holloway used his pre-match press conference to beg chairman Karl Oyston (who is currently away on holiday) to back him in the transfer market before Wednesday's transfer deadline:

'If managers are judged on getting their chairman to spend money, then I'm rubbish aren't I?

'I defy anyone else in the whole world to get any more out of him [Oyston] than I've managed to, because we have a good relationship.

'The job I do for my club is to keep them in business, and at the moment no one has done better than me I believe... 98m extra on our budget should prove it.

'But my God he (the chairman) is some gymnast because he grips the bars so tight, with all that money in his grasp, and I've got massive trouble loosening that grip, so I am going to have to think of different tactics.

'It would be nice to gamble a little bit.

'We've got four year's parachute payments. How is he going to deal with that?

'Do you want to gamble and bring it back? Or do you just carry on the way you used to do it?'

Crystal Palace Team News:

Glen Murray could return to the side after recovering from an ankle injury, but Owen Garvan, Nathaniel Clyne, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Alex Marrow and Steffen Iversen are all out injured.

Player to watch: Julian Speroni

Palace have been tight at the back thus far this season and a lot of that has been down to star keeper Speroni.

He's been in inspired form against us in the past and it could well take something special to score past him tomorrow.

Blackpool Team News:

Craig Cathcart and Elliot Grandin are expected to be available again, whilst Neal Eardley is pushing for a start after his cameo against Brighton.

Chris Kettings and Tom Barkhuizen are unavailable after joining Birmingham and Hereford on loan.

Keith Southern and Gary Taylor-Fletcher are expected to retain their places in the side despite rejecting new contracts this week - both players wish to stay at the club but weren't happy with the offers made to them.

Player to watch: Kevin Phillips

Dragged the Seasiders kicking and screaming back into last weekend's game against Brighton, his goals will be especially crucial on the road.

Match Facts & Stats

Palace are enjoying their best start to a season in five years and have won four on the spin.

Kevin Phillips has scored 80% of our goals this season.

We've won 12 games against Palace compared to their 10, with 9 draws.

Palace have won just once in the last eleven against us.

However, 'Pool have won just four times in twelve visits to Selhurst Park.

We're unbeaten on the road this season, but have won just one of our last twelve on the road in all competitions.

Next Fixtures:

Blackpool v Ipswich

Saturday 10th September

15.00




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