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Grounding the Eagles? Crystal Palace Preview

After two wins on the bounce away from St Andrews Blues return to Birmingham looking for a third win in eight days against Dougie Freedman’s Crystal Palace.

Crystal Palace

Fifteenth-placed Crystal Palace aren’t in the best of form right now; only one win in the last six and three in the last ten show why they haven’t been able to push any higher than their current mid-table station. Their away form of late has been pretty sketchy too – no wins in their last seven Championship away games stretching back to New Year’s Eve.

Freedman has injury worries to contend with too; Anthony Gardner and Mile Jedinak are both out for the remainder of the season and Paul McShane is probably out too for tomorrow’s game. The Palace manager was forced to push left back Dean Moxey into the centre-half position for their last game, which they lost 3-0 to Nottingham Forest.

Blues

Having been in a bit of a blip of form during March, Blues have come back with a bang in their last two away games and can now take another huge step to securing their places in the playoffs. Blues now lie seventh in the form table with three wins in their last six games and decidedly have their tails in the air.

Whilst Keith Fahey may be back for this game, Blues are still missing Pablo Ibanez, Jonathan Spector and Stephen Carr meaning the back four will pick itself. Should Curtis Davies make it through this game without getting a booking then Blues then he will no longer be walking a disciplinary tightrope as the automatic ban for bookings is pushed up to 15 from 10.

It’ll be interesting to see if Hughton names an unchanged team or if he’ll be tempted to make changes such as Andros Townsend for Wade Elliott. Whilst Fahey may well be fit again I think he’ll have to content himself with a place on the bench as Mutch and N’Daw seem to have forged a decent partnership.

I’m not even going to talk predictions; all I hope is that after the last couple of wins and with ticket prices being low there will be a bonanza of Blues fans to cheer on their heroes and a proper atmosphere at St Andrews. Another win here and Monday’s game against West Ham could be very interesting…

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3 Responses to “Grounding the Eagles? Crystal Palace Preview”

  • Masaccio says:

    The Easter weekend fixtures throw up some interesting fixtures for all the promotion seekers, I’d settle for 4 points from the next 2 games to cement our position in the play-offs. If we could get 6 who knows what might happen?

  • DoctorD says:

    I’d love to be in the Blues’ dressing room before the match. At this stage of the season, it’s all about having good team spirit, togetherness and a will to win. The team’s shown earlier in the year that they have all those qualities — can they show it again now? And who else in the play-off mix have those desires too?

  • SLKBluenose says:

    Just about to set off to the game…which Blues team will turn up. C’mon you Blues one final push.


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