The City Ground, Saturday 3.00pm
Crystal Palace right-back Joel Ward out for up to six weeks with a torn groin muscle. Danny Gabbidon will remain at centre half in place of the suspended Damien Delaney. Forward Aaron Wilbraham (rib) is doubtful.
Nottingham Forest's new manager Alex McLeish has on-loan defender Daniel Ayala back from suspension. However, on-loan Chelsea defender Sam Hutchinson (knee) and midfielder Jermaine Jenas (calf) are both not available.
"We had our Christmas party at Crystal Palace during the week before Christmas – and I am happy to report that my directors didn’t ask me to copy Blackburn boss Henning Berg by dressing up to do a song and dance routine.
"X-Factor’s Amelia Lily was the star of the show and the evening was a huge success as far as building team spirit and togetherness was concerned.
"If we are going to be successful this season, we will need everyone at Selhurst Park pulling in the right direction and not just the players. We need the directors, the kit man, the programme sellers and the tea lady all in it together.
"I am delighted to say I have inherited some talented individuals from Dougie Freedman. There’s been a lot of talk about Wilfried Zaha’s future and Glen Murray is now attracting attention by scoring 20 goals before Christmas.
"But if we are going to achieve anything this season, it will be as a team. And I have been at Palace long enough to know that’s where the strength of our football club really lies."
"The fact a club of Forest's magnitude has offered me a job excites me greatly. I've had time away from the game and now feel refreshed and ready to go.
"I can't wait to get started and I'm looking forward to meeting the players, talking to them and taking my first training session."
|Date||Type||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|18/09/2012||League||Crystal Palace||1 - 1||Nottm Forest|
|31/03/2012||League||Crystal Palace||0 - 3||Nottm Forest|
|10/12/2011||League||Nottm Forest||0 - 1||Crystal Palace|
|07/05/2011||League||Crystal Palace||0 - 3||Nottm Forest|
|18/12/2010||League||Nottm Forest||3 - 0||Crystal Palace|
Nottm Forest 2-2 Palace
Saturday December 29 2012
Nottm Forest: Camp, Ward, Harding, Halford, Collins, Cohen (Lansbury, 78), Guedioura (Cox, 85), Majewski (McGugan, 64), Reid, Blackstock, Sharp
Subs not used: Gillett, Moussi, Darlow, Moloney
Goals: Reid (45), Sharp (90)
Bookings: Harding, Halford, Sharp
Palace: Speroni, Gabbidon, Ramage, Moxey, Moritz (Williams, 72), Dikgacoi, Bolasie (Garvan, 84), Jedinak, Parr, Murray, Zaha (J Easter, 71)
Subs not used: Martin, O'Keefe, Fitzsimons, Appiah
Goals: Murray (9, 81)
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