Tony Pulis took charge at Crystal Palace in the reverse fixture against Norwich City, and will see how much progress the Eagles have made when these sides meet at Selhurst Park on New Year's Day.
Crystal Palace have nine points from seven games since Pulis took over for a 1-0 loss to the Canaries on Nov. 30. They were in 19th place at that juncture and currently sit in 17th on 16 points.
Improvement was evident Saturday as his underdog side fell 1-0 at Manchester City - the only Premier League team with a perfect home record.
"When you come to places like this, you know you're going to be under pressure but most of Man City's possession was in front and across us and going backwards, which was fine," Pulis said.
This relegation six-pointer sees Chris Hughton's side arriving in 14th place on 19 points.
Norwich City are winless in four after Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Manchester United that came on the heels of a 2-1 setback at home to Fulham two days earlier.
"We wanted a response from the Fulham game two days ago, because it was a massive disappointment, particularly here at home and particularly with Fulham being a team 18th around us in this division," Hughton said. "We certainly got that response today, disappointing because it's still the facts are the facts and we've come away from these two Christmas games with no points.
"A very, very good performance today, but of course with no points. We need to address that, and the first opportunity to do that is on Wednesday."
Gary Hooper exited in the 69th minute with an apparent knock, but should be OK. Hooper, who has a team-high five league goals, scored the winning goal in the 30th minute in the 1-0 victory over Palace at Carrow Road.
"We think he's fine," Hughton said. "It was very much a precaution."
Cameron Jerome exited Saturday after a collision with City goalkeeper Joe Hart. His status for Wednesday is uncertain.
"Cammie's struggling a little bit, we'll see, but a couple big games coming up so we'll see how he is in the next couple of days," Pulis said.
Pulis has the Premier League's lowest scoring side with 12 goals while Norwich owns the fourth-worst attack with 16.
The boss chose to use Marouane Chamakh as a substitute at the Etihad Stadium. Chamakh has three goals in his last four starts.
The Palace defence has been tighter under Pulis, conceding six times - three in a 3-0 defeat to Newcastle United on Dec. 21. The Eagles are eager to return home after winning 1-0 at Aston Villa last Thursday before their outstanding display at Man City.
"It's great confidence to obviously bounce back from the Newcastle game and we've come away on two away trips, Aston Villa away and Man City away and only conceded one goal," midfielder Jason Puncheon said.
Norwich have been outscored 27-9 on their travels, although they have clean sheets in the last two.
"They're all big games," Hughton said. "I think the lads will certainly be buoyed by the performance against a very, very good team."
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