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September 30 2020 7.35am

Palace v Leeds United

Selhurst Park, Sunday 1.00pm

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Palace fans won't need reminding about the memorable fourth round encounter against Liverpool.

The fans and players will hope that they repeat the same feat against another Premiership side, Terry Venables' Leeds United.

Tony Popovic who scored against England on Wednesday night for the Socceroos, misses the match with a groin injury - a major disappointment for the centre back, who was hoping to test his metal against fellow Aussie Harry Kewell.

Apart from Popovic's absense, Trevor Francis should field a simliar side to the one against Nottingham Forest last weekend.

Hayden Mullins who should be dropping into defence to replace Popovic, is particuarly looking forward to the game. He said:

"The boys have been buzzing ever since. The gaffer won’t need a team talk now because there’s a massive prize waiting for us. Getting into the next round would be absolutely tremendous for us.

"The last two league games we’ve been beaten but we’re flying in the cup.

"I wouldn’t say we’ve proved we’re Premiership material yet because of two games against Liverpool. You have to prove it over a longer period.

"But we’re confident, we’re at Selhurst and we’re going to make it difficult for Leeds."

Francis has also pleaded with the Palace fans to concentrate on cheering the team through to the sixth round and not to barrack former boss Venables.

Francis said: "I really want to try to stay clear of any controversy because I realise there are a number of supporters who are looking forward to the game.

"But there are also going to be a few just looking forward to going down and barracking Terry Venables.

"I hope not. But that's why it's important for me as a manager just to concentrate on the football. I like to think I'm friends with all the managers and Terry in particular."

Leeds' Spanish star Raul Bravo could miss the trip with tonsillitis, and Aussie Paul Okon is a doubt with a hamstring injury.

Dominic Matteo and Eirik Bakke have also joined their injury list after picking injuries in their 1-0 win against West Ham last weekend.

Mark Viduka, who was sent off in the 4th round against Gillingham is still suspended.

However Venables will be able to call on Harry Kewell and Alan Smith who are both back in contension.

Nick Barmby, who hasn't played for Leeds for almost 3 months could make an appearance in some form, after coming through a reserve game on Wednesday night.


Leeds United - league stats

Position Played Won Drawn Lost Points
13th 27 10 4 13 34

Full league table


Leeds United - current form

Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
5 2 1 2 6 7

Full form table


Our home record v Leeds United

Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
24 9 10 5 28 22

Last five results

Date Type Home Team Score Away Team  
31/01/1998 League Crystal Palace 0 - 2 Leeds United loss
23/08/1997 League Leeds United 0 - 2 Crystal Palace win
25/01/1997 FA Cup Leeds United 1 - 0 Crystal Palace loss
14/01/1997 FA Cup Crystal Palace 2 - 2 Leeds United draw
09/05/1995 League Leeds United 3 - 1 Crystal Palace loss

All time results


One to watch

Harry Kewell

Leeds United's top scorer

Harry Kewell - 11 goals

Leeds United's bad boy

Alan Smith - 11 1

Palace old boys

Nigel Martyn

After stunning England at Upton Park on Wednesday, the aussie winger-cum-striker will have to be well marked if he's not going to do some damage to the Palace pride.

Probable line-up

 
Johnson

Adebola
 

Riihilahti

Freedman

Derry

Gray

Symons

Powell

Mullins

Butterfield

Berthelin

Last meeting

31/1/1998 Crystal Palace 0 Leeds Utd 2 (Wallace, Hasselbaink) Att. 25,248

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