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April 25 2024 6.05am

Palace v Coventry City

Selhurst Park, Wednesday 8.00pm

Worthington Cup

Worthington Cup

Team news

Unbeaten in the past 8 games and having won three on the trot, Palace go into Wednesday night’s game on excellent form.

Trevor Francis is likely to start with the bulk of the eleven who beat Ipswich 2-1 at the weekend. With Wayne Routledge injured Francis could go with the 5-2-3 formation which beat the Tractor Boys or change to the more traditional 4-4-2.

A change to 4-4-2 would see Julian Gray back in the side from the first minute with Andrew Johnson possibly moving to the right wing. Following a poor performance on Sunday Aki Riihilahti could be dropped with Mullins moving into midfield.

On the way to the third round Coventry have beaten Colchester in the first round and demolished Rushden and Diamond 8-0.

Lee Mills is likely to lead the attack on his own with Gary McSheffrey or Jay Bothroyd unlikely to find a place in the starting XI. Julian Joachim could make it onto the bench having only just recently recovered from an ankle injury.

Coventry City - league stats

Position Played Won Drawn Lost Points
7th 17 7 6 4 27

Full league table

Coventry City - current form

Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
5 1 3 1 5 5

Full form table

Our home record v Coventry City

Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
40 12 15 13 47 52

Last five results

Date Type Home Team Score Away Team  
24/08/2002 League Coventry City 1 - 0 Crystal Palace loss
29/01/2002 League Crystal Palace 1 - 3 Coventry City loss
28/11/2001 League Coventry City 2 - 0 Crystal Palace loss
28/02/1998 League Crystal Palace 0 - 3 Coventry City loss
24/09/1997 League Coventry City 1 - 1 Crystal Palace draw

All time results

One to watch

Dean Gordon

Coventry City's top scorer

McSheffrey - 9 goals

Coventry City's bad boy

Davenport - 2 1

Palace old boys

Shaw, Gordon.

The former Palace fan's favourite has had a bright start to his career in the midlands, winning over the Sky Blues' faithful in no time and showing just why he is regarded so highly. After a career wrought with injuries, Gordon will want to prove he still has what it takes to be a regular in the Premiership and Coventry are doing well at the moment, which looks good for him. He still regards his time at Palace as his fondest moments, but he will be aiming to supply the crosses for the prolific forwards against us on Wednesday.

Probable line-up












Last meeting

Coventry City 1-0 Palace

Saturday August 24 2002

Coventry City: Hyldgaard, Shaw, Konjic, Davenport, Gordon, Thompson, Eustace, Safri, Chippo (Bothroyd 55), Hughes (Walsh 68), Joachim (Quinn 68).

Subs not used: Montgomery, McSheffrey.

Bookings: Safri, Shaw, Thompson. Sent off: Safri 63.

Goal: Hughes 5 (pen).

Palace: Clarke, Powell, Popovic, Granville, Fleming (Thomson 81), Mullins, Derry (Johnson 67), Riihilahti (Black 77), Butterfield, Freedman, Adebola.

Subs not used: Kolinko, Austin.

Bookings: Powell , Riihilahti.

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