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6 August 2015

Alan Pardew: 'We're in for a tough game'


Nickname: The Eagles
Manager: Alan Pardew
2014-15: 10th
Ground: Selhurst Park
Fastest road route from Carrow Road
: 126 miles (2 hours 41 minutes)

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew is looking forward to coming up against Norwich City once more when the Canaries return to Barclays Premier League action against his side on Saturday at Carrow Road (3pm).

The former midfielder last faced City when he was in charge of Newcastle United in January 2014, with the game ending 0-0 following late red cards for Bradley Johnson and Loic Remy.

He left the Tynesiders in December of last year in order to complete a return to the Club he represented as a player, eventually guiding Palace to a highly-credible final position of 10th in the top-flight.

Speaking to the media ahead of the game, Pardew said: "It's nice to have Norwich back in the Premier League.

"They do things the right way and are a great Club with an exciting manager. Alex Neil hasn't put a foot wrong since he arrived, so we're in for a very tough game."

Palace have several injury concerns for the weekend with Marouane Chamakh set to miss out, although Pardew confirmed £12m summer signing Yohan Cabaye will make his competitive debut after recovering from a dead leg.

The Eagles will be without goalkeeper Julian Speroni however, meaning the 54-year-old boss must choose between recent addition Alex McCarthy or Wayne Hennesey to deputise.

A decision on who will feature between the sticks is yet to be made according to Pardew, who added: "Both goalkeepers need to be playing with us first in order to make an international statement, and the decision of who does lies with me.

"I believe Wales will make it to EURO 2016, and Wayne will be there with them. However, I also expect Alex to get an England call-up this season."

Fraizer Campbell is a doubt after a hamstring scare in Monday's 1-0 defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge, while winger Yannick Bolasie will undergo a late fitness test ahead of the Carrow Road clash.

Yannick Bolasie enjoyed a stellar 2014-15 season, scoring four times in 34 top-flight appearances.

Three of those goals came in a single match, with the 26-year-old striking an 11-minute hat-trick in the Eagles' 4-1 win at Sunderland in April.

In doing so, the winger became the first Palace player in history to record a Barclays Premier League treble.

He also contributed six assists, while creating a total of 46 chances for his colleagues across the course of the campaign.

However, his inclusion for this weekend's game remains in doubt, with Bolasie set to undergo a late fitness test after his pre-season was disrupted by injury.

A senior DR Congo representative since 2012, Bolasie is an international teammate of City's Youssouf Mulumbu.

Crystal Palace rounded off their Barclays Premier League preparations with a 1-0 defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge in their final pre-season friendly earlier this week.

A squad including a combination of senior and Academy players were beaten at Victoria Road on Monday, with Aaron McClean scoring the only goal in the second half.

The Eagles handed a maiden outing in red and blue to Connor Wickham, shortly after competing a deal to sign the frontman from Sunderland.

Palace XI vs Dagenham & Redbridge: McCarthy, Kelly, Hangeland (O’Dwyer 60), Croll, Scales, Dymond, Lee (Bissaka 68), Kaikai (Breimyr 68), Bamford, Wickham (Anderson 46), Campbell (Gray 8, Allassani 78). Subs not used: Kettings.

Goalkeepers: Julian Speroni, Alex McCarthy, Wayne Hennessey, Chris Kettings.

Defenders: Joel Ward, Adrian Mariappa, Brede Hangeland, Patrick McCarthy, Scott Dann, Zeki Fryers, Pape Souare, Damien Delaney, Martin Kelly.

Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye, Yannick Bolasie, Wilfried Zaha, Mile Jedinak, James McArthur, Jonathan Williams, Jordan Mutch, Chung-Yong Lee, Barry Bannan, Joe Ledley, Jason Puncheon, Adlene Guedioura, Bakary Sako.

Strikers: Patrick Bamford, Frazier Campbell, Dwight Gayle, Glenn Murray, Marouane Chamakh, Kwesi Appiah, Connor Wickham.

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