Fulham-Crystal Palace Preview

TOM BENNETT (STATS European Football Writer)
The Associated Press

Two under-pressure managers will be in the dugout at Selhurst Park on Monday evening when Crystal Palace host Fulham.

Palace (1-0-6) have struggled on their return to the Premier League under Ian Holloway, and a 3-1 victory over Sunderland is the only time that the Eagles have avoided defeat in eight games in all competitions. Despite the disappointing start to the campaign, Holloway is remaining positive, and he knows a few wins will prompt a rapid change of mood and an end to speculation over his future at the club.

"It is an occupational hazard when you're in the Premier League," said Holloway. "Every manager worth his salt knows that. You still love your job enough to try to do it.

"Everybody likes to write about who is going to get the sack next and when you're down the bottom someone has got to be there. Arsene Wenger was there a few weeks ago and no one is talking about him anymore."

Martin Jol's Fulham (2-1-4) are packed full of attacking talent, but have failed to translate that into goal-scoring threats this season - managing just five goals in their seven league games. A 1-0 win over Stoke last time out eased the growing pressure on Jol, but the former Tottenham, Hamburg and Ajax boss is not expecting an easy game.

"In England it's different you know, in Germany if you go to a lower league team, or in Holland, nine out of 10 games you will win easily, but here in England it's a different style, different approach, different attitude," said Jol. "It's the same all over. If you score goals you have to open up, you must pressurise them to force them to make mistakes, especially the smaller teams and of course Palace are probably one of the smaller teams.

"They came up from a lower league and they want to stay in the Premier League, maybe they haven't got the resources of a Liverpool or Manchester United, but I think they will do well. I would not underestimate one team in the Premier League."

Crystal Palace have injury doubts over Kagisho Dikgacoi (hamstring), Danny Gabbidon (hamstring), Jonathan Williams (ankle), Jack Hunt (ankle) and Glenn Murray (knee), while Paddy McCarthy (groin) is out. Fulham have concerns over Dimitar Berbatov (knock), Scott Parker (calf), Ashkan Dejagah (calf), Aaron Hughes (groin) and Martin Stekelenburg (shoulder).

This will be the first top-flight meeting between the sides since the 2004-05 season, when Fulham won 3-1 at Craven Cottage and Palace won 2-0 at Selhurst Park.

The Eagles are one just two teams in the Premier League yet to keep a clean sheet - the other is Sunderland - yet Palace have also managed just three shots on target in their last four league matches.

Fulham have failed to score more than once in any of their seven league games. Jol's side have attempted a league-low 57 shots on target over the course of the campaign so far, but have allowed a league-high of 133 shots.

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