Premier League: Crystal Palace v Norwich City match preview

A look ahead to the New Year's Day clash at the Selhurst Park

The Premier League is no stranger to surprises, and a well organised Crystal Palace side almost pulled off a shock result at Manchester City on Saturday, falling to a 1-0 defeat courtesy of Edin Dzeko’s second half goal. Palace will host Norwich in a vital clash on New Years’ Day with renewed optimism following respectable displays at Chelsea and Manchester City.

Tony Pulis’ arrival at Selhurst Park has seen the Eagles pick up three victories from their last seven Premier League matches. The former Stoke boss has instilled a sturdy work ethic in his players, and will look to avenge the defeat at Carrow Road in his first match as Palace boss back in November. Norwich took on the red side of Manchester on Saturday and showed that they too have a steely determination, so this match could prove to be a tight affair with defences coming out on top. Despite being winless over the Christmas period, the Canaries will be hoping for a positive start to 2014, but Palace are difficult to beat at home and Norwich have only won twice on the road this season.

Crucial to Palace’s improved performances has been the link-up between Barry Bannan and Marouane Chamakh; whilst Mile Jedinak’s impressive form in midfield has been key to their defensive efficiency. Norwich will look to the flair of winger Nathan Redmond and good form of Jonny Howson to unlock Palace’s defence.

KICK OFF: New Year’s Day, 3.00pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS

Norwich City 1 (Hooper) Crystal Palace 0, Premier League, November 2013

Crystal Palace 0 Norwich City 0, Championship, January 2011

Norwich City 1 (Holt) Crystal Palace 2 (Bennett, Gardner) Championship, October 2010

STATS:

Crystal Palace's last New Year's Day top flight win was a 1-0 home victory against Notts County in the old Division One in 1992.

All three of Norwich's New Year's Day Premier League matches have been away. They won 1-0 at Southampton in 1994, drew 1-1 at Portsmouth in 2005 and lost 2-1 at West Ham last year.

Odds:

Crystal Palace: 2.3

Norwich: 3.25

Draw: 3.4

TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.50pm

Suggested Topics
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
Buddy DeFranco
people
Arts and Entertainment
British actor Idris Elba is also a DJ and rapper who played Ibiza last summer
filmIdris Elba responds to James Bond rumours on Twitter
Arts and Entertainment
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones
film
News
i100
Sport
Yaya Sanogo, Mats Hummels, Troy Deeney and Adnan Januzaj
footballMost Premier League sides are after a striker, but here's a full run down of the ins and outs that could happen over the next month
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?
Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
Say it with... lyrics: The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches

Say it with... lyrics

The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches
Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

The joys of 'thinkering'

Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

Monique Roffey interview

The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections
Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting, says Ellen E Jones
DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

It has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor