Crystal Palace v Plymouth preview
Early-season strugglers come head-to-head
By Will Wood. Last Updated: 19/09/08 4:09pm
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.
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.
Sky Bet Championship
Sat 20th Sep
Derby1 - 1Cardiff
Birmingham0 - 1Blackpool
C Palace1 - 2Plymouth
Swansea1 - 1Burnley
N Forest0 - 0Charlton
Watford2 - 2Reading
Sheff Wed0 - 0Ipswich
Coventry1 - 0QPR
Preston1 - 3Wolves
Norwich1 - 0Sheff Utd
Southampton0 - 0Barnsley
Bristol C4 - 1Doncaster
Sky Bet Championship
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|10||Brighton and Hove Albion||19||28|