Friday 28 October 2016

Pardew: 'Pulis knows us'

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew concedes Tony Pulis will hold a "huge advantage" when the former Eagles manager takes his West Brom side to Selhurst Park today.

Pulis was voted Premier League manger of the year last season after steering Palace from relegation candidates to an 11th-placed finish but he left on the eve of the current campaign and has since taken over at the Hawthorns.

The 57-year-old will return to Palace for the first time having seen his side slip to three successive defeats but Pardew, who has guided the south London club to eight wins from his 12 league games in charge, feels that Pulis' insider knowledge leaves the Welshman holding all the aces.

"It is a huge advantage he has in terms of playing an opposition," he said.

"He knows us. It is more or less all of the players he had here who will be starting, with the exception of Wilfried (Zaha) and James McArthur."

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