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Match Preview: Crystal Palace (A)

23 August 2016

Pool Face Premier League Opposition

Fixture | Crystal Palace vs Blackpool
Date | 23 August 2016
Venue | Selhurst Park

Blackpool will this evening test their wits against Premier League opposition when they take on Crystal Palace in the second round of the EFL Cup at Selhurst Park.

The trip to the capital is reward for seeing off Bolton Wanderers in round one and will provide a welcome distraction from the pressures of League Two.

Gary Bowyer’s men have tasted defeat just once so far this season, and after consecutive draws they’ll look to cause an upset against last season’s FA Cup finalists.

It’s the first time The Seasiders have competed in the second round of the competition since 2011 and you need to look back a further 12 months to find them progress to the third round.

Crystal Palace enjoyed the cup competitions last season, making it to the fourth round of the ELF Cup, before walking out at Wembley in the FA Cup final last May. 

They’ve begun the new season slowly though and are expected to field a number of established Premier League players to give their campaign an early kick-start. 

Recent Form
The Seasiders were held to a goalless draw by Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday, which followed a hard working performance at Barnet a week ago, which wielded a point on the road.

Palace have been beaten 1-0 in their opening two Premier League games, at home to West Bromwich Albion and at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday. 

Team News
Alan Pardew must decide if to hand record signing Christian Benteke a Palace debut after he completed a £27m from Liverpool last week. Fellow new signing Steve Mandanda could also be given his first taste of action. Palace have a plethora of international stars to select from, with Pardew yet to confirm if the likes of Yohan Cabaye, Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha are set to feature.

As for Blackpool, Bowyer made a host of changes for their previous EFL Cup tie with Bolton Wanderers but now face sterner opposition. Certainly out are strikers Danny Philliskirk, Jack Redshaw, Kyle Vassell and Jamille Matt. Ardmand Gnanduillet is still waiting for his first start in tangerine, while the likes of Will Aimson and Mark Yeates also wait in the wings.

Pre-Match Thoughts
Bowyer: "They've got a fabulous manager in Alan Pardew and you look at the players they've got in their squad, as well as who they've just gone and signed, and I hope he plays his strongest side. We've got nothing to lose and everything to gain. That's the manner in which we'll approach the game." 

The Last Round

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Chelsea Vs Bristol Rovers
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Luton Vs Leeds
Millwall Vs Nottm Forest
Newcastle Vs Cheltenham
Northampton Vs West Brom
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Oxford Utd Vs Brighton
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Watford Vs Gillingham
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