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Selhurst Park (ATT 14,209) 20th September 2008 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: N Swarbrick

C Palace Crystal Palace vs Plymouth Argyle Plymouth

Crystal Palace v Plymouth preview

Early-season strugglers come head-to-head

By Will Wood.   Last Updated: 19/09/08 4:09pm

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Warnock: Eyeing three points

Warnock: Eyeing three points

Crystal Palace play host to Plymouth Argyle with both sides looking for only their second win in the Championship this season.

Last term's fifth-place finish had seen Neil Warnock's men placed among the front-runners for promotion again this season, but a disappointing start to the campaign has seen the side take just five points from their opening six games.

Their fortune is mirrored by Plymouth, with Paul Sturrock's men languishing a place below their opponents in 20th place following their own solid top-half finish last season, though a 2-1 win away at Watford in their last match will have handed the squad a major confidence boost.

There were tit-for-tat exchanges between the two sides in their clashes last campaign with both sides securing home wins, and Palace will be hoping that at least this encounter follows suit.

Team news

Warnock may hand a full debut to Alan Lee, with the £600,000 signing from Ipswich Town recovering from a hamstring injury which has restricted him to a single substitutes appearance so far.

Should he be passed fit, Lee's return would be a major boost given the fact that James Scowcroft and Calvin Andrew are missing due to hamstring and knee injuries respectively.

Paul Ifill should have done enough in scoring against Wolves in the 2-1 defeat midweek to keep his spot in the line-up, while Simon Thomas will be hoping for a taste of the action after making his debut in the same match.

Meanwhile, Sturrock could be without Jim Patterson as the left-back struggles with a thigh strain, while the remaining six players introduced in wholesale changes for the clash with Watford - Roman Larrieu, Craigh Cathcart, Mat Doumbe, Luke Summerfield, Jamie Mackie and Rory Fallon - are expected to retain their places in the starting eleven.

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2 Burnley 43 86
3 Derby County 43 78
4 Queens Park Rangers 43 73
5 Wigan Athletic 42 70
6 Brighton and Hove Albion 43 65
7 Reading 43 64
8 Ipswich Town 43 64
9 Nottingham Forest 43 62
10 Bournemouth 43 62
11 Blackburn Rovers 43 61
12 Watford 42 60
13 Middlesbrough 43 58
14 Bolton Wanderers 43 55
15 Sheffield Wednesday 43 53
16 Leeds United 43 53
17 Huddersfield Town 43 47
18 Birmingham City 42 43
19 Doncaster Rovers 43 43
20 Millwall 43 43
21 Charlton Athletic 42 42
22 Blackpool 43 42
23 Barnsley 43 39
24 Yeovil Town 43 37

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