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Norwich City vs Crystal Palace preview


WHAT a week it has been at Crystal Palace.

A new manager, a win at Hull City and renewed optimism that the Eagles could start to climb the Premier League table, especially in the next three matches.

And Palace should, indeed, head to Norwich City tomorrow feeling confident of getting another win under their belts.

Tony Pulis will take his first match for the Eagles at Carrow Road and he would certainly have stamped his authority in training this week alongside Keith Millen.

It looks as if he will work with what he's got for the time being, but when the January transfer window opens, it seems we can expect a number of new players arriving to bolster the club's survival chances.

One man who will miss tomorrow's game – and the following two – is winger Yannick Bolasie, who starts a three-game ban after his red card at Hull City last week.

Palace appealed the decision, but the Football Association turned it down on Tuesday afternoon.

And vice-captain Mile Jedinak said it was not a red-card offence either, admitting he spoke to Hull midfielder Jake Livermore about it after he was on the end of the tackle.

"I saw Yannick slip – he's not one to go out and do it intentionally," he said.

"I spoke to Jake Livermore after the game and he had told the referee not to do anything and it wasn't intentional. The referee made a decision a little bit too quickly without sort of seeing it. We will now cop that.

"Yannick was, I thought, hastily sent off."

Bolasie's absence gives a chance for someone else to come in, and that could be Jerome Thomas, who missed last weekend's game through injury.

However, Jonny Williams made his return to the squad and he will certainly be pressing for a starting position. Adlene Guedioura is still a long way off from returning.

Palace look set to keep the same backline that has kept two clean sheets in a row, while Cameron Jerome impressed immensely last weekend in front of Pulis and could start.

Marouane Chamakh could either make way or partner the on-loan Stoke City man after going off with a head injury at the KC Stadium, but Dwight Gayle will be vying for a spot in the starting XI too.

In terms of the opposition, Norwich have been struggling and it is arguably a very good time to play them.

And Palace have been boosted by the news that dangermen Anthony Pilkington and Robert Snodgrass are both out injured for the game.

Snodgrass did not feature in last Saturday's match at Newcastle United, while Pilkington was substituted just after half-time on Tyneside, suffering a hamstring strain.

Canaries boss Chris Hughton said: "Anthony has had a scan which shows a grade two strain, which usually means five or six weeks out.

"Robert came back from international duty with Scotland and felt his knee at the beginning of training last Friday.

"He could be out for a few weeks, but not as long as Anthony."

Furthermore, striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel, midfielders Alex Tettey and Elliot Bennett, plus Mark Bunn are also all ruled out through injury.

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