Crystal Palace - Norwich City Preview: Relegation six pointer on the cards at Selhurst

It is a huge game for both clubs this weekend as they look to battle for survival.

Crystal Palace - Norwich City Preview: Relegation six pointer on the cards at Selhurst
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Crystal Palace host Norwich City this weekend in what is a huge game for both sides as they look to pull themselves clear of the bottom three.

Alan Pardew’s men took a vital point away from West Ham last weekend, and if they can beat the Canaries this weekend it will go a long way in securing safety for another year.

It has been a terrible run of form which has not seen Palace pick up a Premier League victory in 2016, but it has seen them reach a FA Cup semi-final as they play Watford at Wembley at the end of this month; but at the moment survival is the priority.

Midfielder Joe Ledley believes the Eagles only need one more win to guarantee survival and with two home games coming up, Palace have the perfect chance to build up some form ahead of the crucial cup game at Wembley.

In the reverse fixture at the start of the season, Palace ran out winners, 3-1 thanks to goals from Yohan Cabaye, Wilfried Zaha and Damien Delaney – but the game this weekend will be a much closer and most probably nervier affair.

Palace have really been on a dour run, they have lost six successive homes games and have not kept a clean sheet in their last 12 league games; but their journey in the FA Cup has proved they can beat top-flight opposition, as they have beat Southampton, Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur in their run to the semi-final.

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Connor Wickham and Cabaye will return to the side this weekend so Pardew will have more options to choose from this weekend as he negotiates what potentially could be the biggest game of the season for Palace.

Wickham will return this weekend for Pardew in what is a big boost / CPFC
Wickham will return this weekend for Pardew in what is a big boost / CPFC

Emmanuel Adebayor will face a late fitness test to see if he has a chance of featuring, but other than James McArthur who is still out, Pardew has a full squad to choose from.

In opposition...

In recent weeks Norwich’s form has picked up; but their away form is still cause for concern, they have lost six out of their last seven away games so the Canaries are vulnerable away from Carrow Road.

But their stoppage time winner against Newcastle United last weekend was a welcome relief as it put a little bit of daylight between themselves and the Magpies; but another victory this weekend would go a long way in securing Premier League football for next season.

Norwich don’t tend to enjoy their visits to Selhurst Park, in the last 20 years they have only beat Palace once, and out of last 16 games between the sides, Norwich have won only twice.

Alex Neil will be able to welcome back captain Russell Martin; he has no other injuries worries except for Alexander Tettey who is out for a longer period with injury.

It’s a crucial game at the bottom of the league, both sides need a win; but recent form suggests this could be a tense encounter which could be settled by the odd goal.