Palace will look to bounce back after a tough finish last week against newly promoted Norwich City this weekend.
Last week looked like it was going well for the Eagles. Despite having a lead they may not have deserved and their opponents being down to ten men Palace allowed a late stoppage time equalizer, fumbling two points out of their hands as the net rippled behind Vicente Guaita. Despite the standings start to spread out as the season progresses Palace find themselves rooted to the middle with either the top or the relegation zone both well within reach.
While Norwich City’s return to life in the top flight has been a mixed bag in terms of success there is no denying that the Canaries have been an entertaining team to follow. Norwich have looked great in some matches, beating Manchester City and hanging close with Chelsea, they have also underwhelmed in shutout losses to Burnley and West Ham. Despite not spending big like fellow promoted sides the Canaries look to have a decent chance at survival, or at least putting up a spirited fight.
Expect a line up similar to last weeks to walk out of the tunnel this week. The only questions in the line-up could come in the form of a shake-up in midfield or potentially at centre-back where Mamadou Sakho has yet to look fully comfortable and a newly healthy James Tomkins waiting for his season debut. The real questions could come in how Roy Hodgson plans his bench players. Despite praising Víctor Camarasa last week the Spaniard did not make Hodgson’s bench and is still awaiting his first significant action in a Palace shirt. Max Meyer and Andros Townsend could also push for starting roles as they have been forced to settle for bench roles in recent weeks.
The star player for Norwich so far this season should come as no surprise. Not only was striker Teemu Pukki Norwich’s player of the season he was deemed the Championship Player or the Year last season. The Finnish forward has not slowed down in his goal scoring exploits with six goals from his five Premier League appearances. The other name that sticks out on The Canaries team sheet is that of young outside-back Max Aarons. Last season’s EFL Young Player of the Year, the teenaged Englishman may not be at Norwich much longer but seems to be enjoying his football there for now.
In a game in which The Eagles should have an easy edge due to their superior squad it could come down to Hodgson’s decisions affecting the result. After Christian Benteke came into the game last week he was unable to double the lead when presented with a golden opportunity, another in a long list of wasted chances. While it says something about the teams options at striker there also has to be a limit to the number of chances that Benteke will get before Hodgson turns to other players in the squad who may be able to deliver the goals that seem to have run dry for the Belgian.
No matter the result of this game expect goals to be scored. Norwich have not yet kept a clean sheet this season, which could be just what the doctor ordered for a Palace attack that continues to be toothless, particularly in Selhurst Park. If Palace can limit Pukki and take advantage of their chances they should emerge with the three points; however, should they falter and make careless errors like last week Norwich will pounce on any opportunity Palace allow for them to leave Selhurst Park with points.