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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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1 Bournemouth 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23

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