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Match Preview: Crystal Palace

Posted: Fri 07 Dec 2012
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A Look Ahead To The Game At Selhurst Park

The Seasiders face Crystal Palace tomorrow looking to make it seven games unbeaten, after two wins and four draws in their previous six games.

Michael Appleton will be without the injured trio of Ian Evatt (knee), Matt Phillips (toe) and Gary Taylor-Fletcher, although the latter is nearing a return to action. 

Chris Basham will also be absent as he serves a one-match suspension, after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season in the 4-1 win over Peterborough United last week.

The game will be Ian Holloway's seventh in charge of Palace having led The Eagles to four wins, one draw and one defeat so far.

Head-To-Head

Blackpool have faced Crystal Palace 33 times competitively, with The Seasiders winning 13, drawing ten and losing ten.

Last Season's Meetings

21 January 2012 - Blackpool 2-1 Crystal Palace

27 August 2011 - Crystal Palace 1-1 Blackpool

Crystal Palace

The Eagles currently lie second in the table, four points clear of third place Leicester City, having lost just four times this season.

Three of those defeats came in the opening three games when they suffered consecutive losses to Watford, Bristol City and Middlesbrough.

After that they went on a 14-game unbeaten run, which ended with a 2-1 defeat at Leeds two weeks ago.

Stat Attack

- Blackpool are on their longest unbeaten run of the season. 

- The Seasiders have scored 14 and conceded 14 so far on their travels this season.

- Blackpool have scored 11 goals in the first half of games this season, compared to 24 after the interval.

- Palace have scored 39 goals this season with 27 of those coming at Selhurst Park.

- Glenn Murray is The Eagles' top scorer with 17 league goals; 15 of which have been scored at home.

Referee

Keith Stroud (Hampshire)

The last game involving The Seasiders that Mr Stroud refereed was the 3-1 win at Cardiff in February this year.

A Kevin Phillips volley and two late Matt Phillips strikes handed Blackpool the three points after Joe Mason had previously given Cardiff the lead.