Match Preview:

With an eventful weekend in the Premier League, we still have one more game to finish the round of fixtures.

At first, it may not seem the most appetising match to watch, but both teams have many reasons to play attacking football and win comprehensively.

Since Di Canio's sacking at Sunderland, pundits have been wagering the next manager to be sacke,d and Martin Jol is at the top of many lists.

In recent weeks, the pressure has been cranked up on Jol.

A win against Stoke in their last match seemed to paper over the cracks that Cardiff exposed when they defeated the Cottagers 2-1. 

With a new owner in Shahid Khan, many people believe that Jol's time is limited as the owner may want to bring in a manager of his own choice, as seen previously at clubs such as West Ham and Sunderland.

But Khan has been quick to extinguish these claims as he publicly came out to back Martin Jol.

On the other hand, Crystal Palace boss, Ian Holloway is seemingly also under pressure as he starts to get surrounded by a feeling of deja-vu, with a similar situation as when he was in charge of Blackpool.

The most alarming notice for Holloway is that his Blackpool side were a lot more dangerous and street-smart than his current Palace side.

His side of old didn't find themselves in the bottom until the second half of the season when they seemed to run out legs. 

Holloway's Crystal Palace side of today already seem to have run out of ideas.

Unfortunately, Palace don't seem to have the Charlie Adam figure that Holloway had the last time around, which makes it incredibly difficult for them to have any sort of a chance to escape relegation.

This Palace side must be determined every week if they are to pick up any sort of result and BBC's Mark Lawrenson believes this is their biggest problem:

'Holloway is a good manager but his problem is that all of his players need to play well in order to get any sort of positive result. If they don't - and it seems like that is every week at the moment - one section of their team is letting them down.'

Team News:

Martin Jol has a fully fit squad, as Aaron Hughes has resumed first-team training after a thigh injury. Scott Parker is expected to push for a starting spot after a returning from a calf injury.

Ian Holloway doesn't have any major injury concerns either, with Yannick Bolasie returning from injury before the international break.

 

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