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Posh v Crystal Palace: Match Preview

Posh v Crystal Palace

Posh v Crystal Palace

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13:22 8th November 2012

by Phil Adlam

Posh host league leaders Crystal Palace at London Road on Saturday (3pm).

Peterborough United host npower Championship league leaders Crystal Palace at London Road on Saturday (3pm) looking to make it three home victories in a row.

Darren Ferguson's men defeated Huddersfield Town and Derby County in their last two home fixtures, but the Eagles will provide a stern test after an excellent recent run.

After three defeats at the start of the campaign, Palace were early candidates to struggle in the Championship, but they have chalked up 12 matches unbeaten and have surged up the table.

The loss of Dougie Freedman to Bolton Wanderers was a blow, but the swift appointment of Ian Holloway was a timely one and he recorded an impressive 5-0 win over Ipswich Town on Tuesday night.

It was striker Glenn Murray who was the star of the show, bagging his 13th goal of the campaign in that win over the Tractor Boys, but it is the form of Wilfried Zaha that is catching the attention of scouts up and down the country.

Posh wing-back Joe Newell could come face to face with the flying winger. 'Yeah, he is a very exciting player and it will be a good test for myself and for the team, but we are concentrating on ourselves and how we can cause them problems.

'It is a big game, there should be a decent atmosphere and we are all looking forward to it. We were all devastated to lose in the manner that we did on Tuesday night at Brighton, but as the manager said to us in the dressing room afterwards, there is no time to be hungover from it, we have back to back home games and we need to pick up the points.'

Tommy Rowe is unlikely to be fit for the game, but striker Emile Sinclair is expected to return to the squad. Kgosi Ntlhe and Peter Grant are both long-term absentees.

There will be a period of silence prior to the fixture for Remembrance Day.

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