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Crystal Palace
vs.
Coventry City

Selhurst Park

18 September

20:00

A run-of-the mill Championship game under normal circumstances, this one has been the subject of plenty of media attention on Tuesday morning given the return to Selhurst Park of Iain Dowie to face his former club and former chairman Simon Jordan.

On the pitch it is Eagles boss Peter Taylor who needs a win amid speculation about his future.

Vital Quotes:

Arjan De Zeeuw after defeat by Bristol City told the Telegraph: 'For us, being off the top spot is maybe a wake up for us.

'It is such an early stage of the season. We know what we can do and we want to challenge for promotion, but we knew that we wouldn't be in top spot for the whole of the season.

'We are bound to lose games here and there. This was one and it is all about how we respond to it.'


Crystal Palace Team News:

Mark Kennedy and Paul Ifill are both out of contention, while midfielder Ben Watson is a major doubt.

Player to watch: James Scowcroft

His departure didn't attract the headlines that Gary McSheffrey's did but Coventry missed Scowcroft quite a bit last season.

He started the season with a bang, scoring a hat-trick at Southampton on the opening day.

Coventry City Team News:

Leon Best, Isaac Osbourne, Colin Hawkins and Michael Mifsud are all in contention for a return.

Player to watch: Gary Borrowdale

The summer signing from Palace has yet to fully convince the Sky Blues' fans that he is a better bet than Marcus Hall for the left-back slot.

Match Facts & Stats

Palace did the double over City last season, winning 1-0 at Selhurst Park thanks to Clinton Morrison's goal.

Ref Watch:

Andy Woolmer of Northamptonshire is in charge.

Next Fixtures:

Ipswich away for the Sky Blues on Saturday while Palace entertain Sheffield United.


Writer:CCFC
Date:Tuesday September 18 2007
Time: 10:29AM

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