Crystal Palace host Norwich at Selhurst Park as 2021 draws to a close for both sides on Tuesday.
A Covid-19-ravaged Palace team lost 3-0 to Tottenham on the second day, while Norwich were beaten even heavier (5-0) at home by Arsenal.
Each team is in need of points here, albeit for different reasons. A win for Palace gives them an excellent chance to climb to the top half of the table if other results go in their favor, while desperately trying to escape the relegation zone.
This is all you need to know about the game in South London …
When is kick off? Tuesday 28 December, 15:00 (GMT)Where is the match played? Selhurst ParkTV channel / livestream? Amazon Prime Video (UK), Peacock Premium (USA)Highlights? Sky Sports Football YouTube, BBC Match of the Day (UK)Judge? Paul TierneyWHERE? Jon Moss
Wilfried Zaha is off until Tuesday night / Paul Harding / GettyImages
Palace announced just hours before meeting Spurs that Patrick Vieira was in solitary confinement. The boss will again be missing here, while the recent positive Covid-19 tests also mean that Christian Benteke, Luka Milivojevic, Michael Olise and Eberechi Eze will likely be absent again as well.
Wilfried Zaha is suspended due to his red card on the second days and will soon report for international service with the Ivory Coast ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Jack Butland was able to keep his place in goal after recently starting ahead of Vicente Guaita.
You can read Crystal Palace’s expected lineup here.
Mathias Normann is still recovering from injury / Stephen Pond / GettyImages
Goalkeeper Tim Krul will probably still be missing for Norwich with Covid-19, which means another likely start for Angus Gunn. Grant Hanley is missing, while Christoph Zimmermann, Mathias Normann, Milot Rashica and Andrew Omobamidele are also missing.
Lukas Rupp is still hesitant, but others who have previously been out with Covid-19 have already returned.
You can read Norwich’s expected line-up here.
This has historically been a lower league match over the decades, but Palace and Norwich have met exclusively in the Premier League since 2013.
Norwich have only won one of these summits during that eight-year period – in November 2013 when Gary Hooper scored the only goal of a 1-0 victory at Carrow Road.
Palace continued to win three games in a row between August 2015 and September 2019, but the most recent meeting between the clubs was a 1-1 draw in January 2020.
Palace are under full force but Norwich are in such a rotten form that the advantage still lies with the home team for this match.
A win for the Eagles on the cards, which condemns the Canary Islands to the foot of the table to ring in the new year.
Prediction: Crystal Palace 2-1 Norwich
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