Tony Pulis takes charge of his first game as manager of Crystal Palace on Saturday, when the Eagles travel to Carrow Road to take on fellow strugglers Norwich City.
Two soft goals at Newcastle United last time out condemned the Canaries to another defeat, a result which has only served to increase the pressure on manager Chris Hughton. Despite investing heavily in attacking talent during the summer, Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper only have one Premier League goal apiece, while loanee Johan Elmander is not yet off the mark, which is a major concern ahead of this must-win game.
Crystal Palace finally ended their search for a new manager on Saturday – just over a month after the departure of Ian Holloway – by appointing Pulis, whose record of having never been relegated as a manager is likely to be severely tested this season. The Welshman was in the stands as his new side battled to a 1-0 victory away to Hull City, and more workmanlike performances, such as that, now look forthcoming.
Norwich were dealt a severe blow following the Newcastle game, as wingers Anthony Pilkington and Robert Snodgrass were both ruled out for several weeks. They join van Wolfswinkel on the injury list, as well as Elliott Bennett, Mark Bunn and Alexander Tettey.
Yannick Bolasie will be unavailable for the visitors after the FA rejected an appeal against his sending off at Hull. Glenn Murray and Jack Hunt are both long-term absentees.
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