English Premiership

Pardew not expecting Palace win

2015-02-20 13:15
Marouane Chamakh (Getty)

Cape Town - Palace have been revived since the arrival of Alan Pardew, losing just one of five Premier League games since the former Newcastle manager took charge.

Last weekend's FA Cup defeat at home to Liverpool ensured the club's remaining target is to build on their recent run and secure a mid-table finish.

Palace striker Marouane Chamakh will have an added incentive to do well against his former club after a disappointing stay at the Emirates Stadium.

Pardew believes the Morocco international has benefitted from being given a more prominent role at his new club and said: "I think he's grown in confidence and sometimes only games can do that for you.

"You know he was in and out at Arsenal, it's a difficult club to break through. For players like Chamakh, sometimes it's best to move away and find yourself and he has found himself and he's an asset to us."

Palace forward Yaya Sanogo, on loan from Arsenal, is ineligible to face his parent club and having lost Yannick Bolasie and Mile Jedinak to extended international duty last month, Pardew admits he has not yet had the opportunity to field his strongest side.

"We've not actually got it all together and I don't think this weekend we will because we're not quite there," Pardew said.

"This is a bonus game for us in a way because no one will expect us to get anything outside of Crystal Palace."

Pardew and Chamakh will be out to help Crystal Palace stop Arsenal's impressive run on Sunday.

The match at Selhurst Park kicks off at 17:00. 


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