Crystal Palace-Norwich City Preview

The Associated Press

New Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis will take charge of the team for the first time when they travel to play Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday.

Former Stoke City boss Pulis has joined Palace on a two-and-a-half year contract as replacement for Ian Holloway, who left Selhurst Park a month ago.

Pulis, who watched from the stands last weekend when Palace (2-1-9) won 1-0 at Hull to end a winless streak of eight matches, was officially unveiled as the Eagles manager at a press conference on Monday.

"This is an opportunity to try and achieve something Palace have not achieved - get in the Premier League and stay there and take the club forward," said Pulis. "Everyone expects us to get relegated and it will be nice to prove people wrong.

"People talk about me being a fire-fighter, but I have also been very successful. It annoys me that in this country you get pigeon-holed for certain things," added the 55-year-old Welshman, who has never been relegated as a manager. "I'm still very ambitious, I like climbing hills. This is going to be a tough job, but one I will relish."

The victory at Hull lifted Palace off the bottom of the table into 19th position, but they remain three points from safety.

Pulis has confirmed that Keith Millen, who was caretaker manager for four matches following Holloway's departure, will remain on the Palace coaching staff.

Speculation about the future of Norwich manager Chris Hughton has increased following the 2-1 defeat at Newcastle United last weekend.

Norwich (2-4-6) have taken just four points from their last six league matches and dropped down to 16th place, just one point above the relegation places.

All four of those points were claimed from the Canaries' last two home matches and Hughton is looking forward to taking on Palace at Carrow Road.

"It's a home game on Saturday," said Hughton. "We welcome the opportunity to get back to our own ground in front of a sell-out crowd. We know how tight the league table is.

"A win on Saturday changes things again. We know that any Tony Pulis team will play with character and organisation."

Hughton's plans for the Palace match as well as the busy festive programme have been hit by the news that midfielders Anthony Pilkington and Robert Snodgrass will be out of action for several weeks.

Pilkington suffered a hamstring strain against Newcastle, while Snodgrass has a knee problem. Norwich will also be without striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel (toe), goalkeeper Mark Bunn (ankle), midfielder Alex Tettey (ankle) and winger Elliott Bennett (cruciate ligament).

Palace winger Yannick Bolasie will miss the Canaries match after losing his appeal against the red card he was shown against Hull. The Eagles are still without midfielder Adlene Guedioura, who suffered a punctured lung and two broken ribs during the 2-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion earlier this month.

Norwich and Crystal Palace last met during the 2010/2011 campaign when they were both in the Championship. The Eagles took four points off the Canaries that season, winning 2-1 at Carrow Road on goals by Julian Bennett and Anthony Gardner while drawing 0-0 at home.

The last time these sides were in the Premier League at the same time was during the 2004/20005 season. They split the points both times that year and were both relegated.

Norwich have won just one of their last six league games against Palace, a 1-0 home win in September 2007.

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