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Crystal Palace Vs Bolton Wanderers: Preview

The replay that should have been on TV

Bolton Wanderers v Crystal Palace - The Emirates FA Cup Third Round
The old and the new
Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images

With both teams failing to score in the original home fixture it has come down to this. A replay for a chance to get in to the next round; a televised home tie against Manchester City. While Bolton Wanderers don't have the greatest squad depth, the prospect of a huge money maker in the next round has got to add fresh incentive to the FA Cup which many saw as a distraction from the league.

Team News:

Crystal Palace

Palace have made one change this transfer window having signed left back-cum-striker, Jeffrey Schlupp from Leicester City for £12.5m. Meanwhile winger and former Owen Coyle target, Wilfred Zaha has been called up to the Ivory Coast for the AFCON tournament.

Bolton Wanderers

Bolton have sent back on loan striker, Keshi Anderson to Crystal Palace today but do not face the prospect of facing him as he is cup tied. Any attempts to bring fresh faces in has been in vain thus far despite rumours going around that moves are being made for Sammy Ameobi and Adam Le Fondre. No fresh injury concerns.

Recent Form

Crystal Palace - LLDL

Bolton Wanderers - WDDL

Top Scorers

Crystal Palace - Christian Benteke: 8

Bolton Wanderers - Zach Clough: 8

What's Been Said

Crystal Palace Manager: Big Sam

"The team for tomorrow night. If they don't win, they're saying they're League One players for me, not Premier League players,"

"They're playing a League One team who are playing very, very well, who are really well drilled, who are really well organised.

"But the team out there with a lot of Premier League experience can't beat that on their own ground it tells me a lot about those players."

Odds (Correct at time of publishing)

Crystal Palace 1.66

Draw 3.60

Bolton Wanderers 5.50

My Take

We go to Palace in far better spirits than they're in. Granted we suffered a loss the other day but Phil Parkinson has shown he isn't the sort to let that become habit. What might have hindered us on Saturday was a complacency against a team we were expected to beat and there'll be no danger of that come tomorrow. Palace are putting out a stronger team than last time which will add to the pressure if they don't get something early on in the match. If we shut them out for a half I really rate our chances. The only issue for us is scoring goals and I'm not sure we will here. I reckon 0-0 and extra time where it's anyone's game.