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The first team won 3-0 at Crystal Palace two days ago and this afternoon it’s the under-23s who will be playing them in Premier League 2.

Both of us moved up from Category 2 last summer and so both are playing in this league for the first time. There’s been nothing much between us for most of the season and currently Palace sit two points ahead of us with us both having played 14 games.

It was back in October that we played them at home. On that occasion we were forced to play seventy minutes with ten men after Mace Goodridge was sent off and Palace won it with the only goal of the game scored by Brandon Pierrick ten minutes into the second half.

Although they’ve had mixed results recently, with two wins, two defeats and one draw in their last five games, Palace have been finding the net. They’ve scored fifteen goals in those five games while conceding twelve. In their most recent home game they beat Norwich 4-0 with Sion Spence, their joint leading scorer, getting two of them. More recently, they drew 4-4 at Aston Villa with four different scorers including Brandon Aveiro who was linked with us at the start of the season.

We will be looking to bounce back from last week’s defeat against Stoke, only a second loss since the beginning of November, a run that has seen us win four and draw three.

We didn’t play Palace last season in the Professional Development League. Due to play them at home in the final game of the season, it was one of the games ruled out when the season was cancelled. However, we did play them in the Premier League Cup. We came from behind to draw 2-2 at home when goalkeeper Adam Legzdins came up to score a stoppage time equaliser and beat them 1-0 away a year ago last week when Mitch George scored the only goal of the game.

There is a change of both venue and kick off time for today’s game. Previously scheduled for a 1 p.m. kick off at their training ground, it will now kick off at 1:30 p.m. at Selhurst Park.

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