Having made it through the second round of the League Cup after an extra time win over Shrewsbury Town, Crystal Palace will face Charlton Athletic next.
Thanks to the Addicks’ comfortable 4-1 win away at Peterborough, the two sides will now meet for the first time since the 2012/13 season, when Palace ran out winners on both occasions, as they battled their way to play-off glory.
Although Palace fans everywhere at over the moon at the chance to face one of our true rivals after more than two years without a genuine derby match, it’s fair to say that Charlton have started the current campaign in noticeably impressive fashion.
Unbeaten so far in league and cup competitons, they have won four and drawn two of their opening six fixtures, scoring 13 goals and conceding just four. Indeed, thanks to a last-gasp winner at home to Hull City in their last league fixture, Guy Luizon’s side currently occupy third place in the Championship table, giving everyone at The Valley cause to dream of what could lie ahead.
Having played Charlton just five times in the League Cup, our record against them stands at four wins, one draw and no defeats, whilst our overall tally against our South London neighbours has us winning 33, drawing 15 and losing 18.
It’s a game you can be sure Alan Pardew will be desperate to win having managed both sides, but with the two clubs likely to have one eye on the league table heading into the fixture, it’s difficult to know for sure how we’ll approach the game from a selection perspective.
The full draw can be seen here, including Aston Villa V Birmingham and Tottenham V Arsenal. It should be a cracker.