Palace’s League Cup Run Likely To Be Stopped Dead In October

0 Posted by - September 24, 2015 - News

Crystal Palace will face a trip to Manchester City in the next round of the Capital One Cup after beating Charlton Athletic last night.

To see a full breakdown of the draw for the last 16 of the cup, click here

Having demolished their local rivals under the floodlights at Selhurst Park, Alan Pardew and co. will attempt to gain revenge for their recent last-gasp loss to the Blues when they travel to The Etihad Stadium in the fourth round, with the game scheduled to take place on the 27th or 28th of October.

City annihilated struggling Sunderland in the third round at The Stadium Of Light, restoring a degree of confidence to Pellegrini’s star-studded squad after back-to-back 2-1 home defeats against Juventus and West Ham respectively in the build-up to the tie.

Powering home four goals in 27 minutes in the North East courtesy of Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and an own goal from Vito Mannone, the early-season table toppers were far too good for their ailing hosts on the night, who appear to be lurching from one crisis to another under the guidance of Dick Advocaat this term.

Whilst Alan Pardew had spoken of his hopes for a prolonged cup run this season, you would assume that our jaunt in this year’s League Cup is likely to come to a shuddering halt in Manchester, such is the strength in depth available to their Chilean boss. Indeed, on our day, we are more than a match for anyone, but it seems likely that the side will be rotated slightly from our regular Premier League starting XI, much like it was last night.

There becomes a point at which it makes little to no sense to hamstring yourself in the league by tiring your best players in a game that they are already more than likely to lose, but there must always be a consideration made over the need to retain a competitive edge in any tie we play, for fear of being blown out of the water altogether.

Should we pull off an upset, we’d be within three games of securing the first domestic trophy in the club’s history. We couldn’t, could we?

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1 Comment

  • Promo_man September 24, 2015 - 4:58 pm Reply

    not like you to be so negative – lets not forget we pushed their 1st XI all the way to the 90th minute, in a match when we were the better team for most of it.

    we wont be the only team fielding ‘squad’ players for the match, and if Newcastle can go there and turn them over last year, why can’t we?

    Call me crazy, but why shouldn’t we dream? no-one gave us a prayer when we went to Old Trafford in the cup…. #COYP

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