40 Thursday, 27 August 2009 London Lite LITESPORT CARLING CUP SECOND ROUND. LIVE ON SKY SPORTS 1 FROM 7PM (KO: 78PM) SHAUNDERRYhopesCrystalPalaces glamour tie against high-rollers Man- chester City tonight will reignite the south London club for the rest of the season. Mark Hughes and his star-studded squad visit Selhurst Park to take on a team that has been unable to spend a single penny over the summer due to a transfer embargo. The cash generated from the Carling Cup tie has helped lift that ban and Derry is hoping the game will also boost the current Eagles players after an uncertain start to the season. The problems we have had in terms of the finances have been well docu- mented now and its not nice to read the headlines weve been getting, the midfielder admitted. Hopefully, this will help and its just such a relief for the players, the man- agerandthechairmanthatthistiewill generate a bit of cash. You try and insulate yourself from all the off-field stuff but its not easy and a tie like this will get everyone excited and focusing on the football again. Neil Warnocks side have taken just four points from their opening four games in the Championship and the contrast between them and big-spend- ing Manchester City could not be bigger. Derry admits that superstars such as Robinho, Emmanuel Adebayor and Carlos Tevez seem a world away from lifeasafootballeratSelhurstPark,but says the Eagles will be determined to bring them down to earth tonight. It just seems like a completely dif- ferent reality to the one we exist in, he explained. We have the telly on at the training ground most days and weve been watching the news reports flash up withCitysplashing25monthisplayer and 20m on that player. We just look at each other and won- der whether were really playing the same game as these guys. Our away dressing rooms arent the best and they might find the heating turned up a couple of notches when they get in there, Derry joked. We have to use the fact that this is a classic David versus Goliath tie as inspiration and try and pull off a shock. Derry eyes up a boost from huge Cup clash BY NEIL MARTIN LATEST BETTING MATCH ODDS Palace 6-1, Man City 2-5, draw 7-2. MATCH FACTS The last time these two sides met at Selhurst Park was back in 2004 when Nicolas Anelka scored two goals for Manchester City to help them to a 2-1 Premiership victory. The pair have met just once in the League Cup, with Palace dishing out a 4-0 thrashing as Chris Armstrong, Darren Pitcher, Andy Preece and John Salako all scored to put the Eagles into the 1995 semi-final. City hold the upper-hand in all games played against the south Londoners down the years. They have won 20 matches, to Palaces 14, with 12 fixtures ending as draws. CRYSTAL PALACE v MAN CITY Eagles hope to catch Citys super stardust KEY MEN DARREN AMBROSE C PALACE The former Charlton winger has made a massive impact since his arrival at Selhurst Park, with four goals in his opening five games for the Eagles. Two of those came in the first round of the Carling Cup against Torquay and the same again would make City boss Mark Hughes Sheikh with nerves after spending so much this summer. KOLO TOURE MAN CITY The Ivory Coast international swapped The Emirates for the team funded by the United Arab Emirates in the summer as City suddenly realised they would need some decent defenders to ensure they didnt lose every game 5-4 this season. Toures main aim will be to get another taste of the kind of success he once enjoyed at Arsenal. CRYSTAL PALACE 4-3-3 MAN CITY 4-4-2 Flahavan Butterfield Hill FonteMcCarthy Danns Flahavan BenjaniBellamy RichardsToure De Jong Toure Sylvinho Zabaleta Moses Derry Taylor POSSIBLE LINE-UPS NDiaye REFEREE D DEADMAN (CHESHUNT) Wright-Philips Inbrief Ebs flowing as jeers are gone EMMANUEL EBOUE today claimed he has put last seasons nightmare campaign behind him and vowed to stay at Arsenal for years to come. The 26-year-old suffered jeers and taunts from his own fans on several occasions, but after scoring in last nights 3-1 win over Celtic, he said: The boss has given me some confidence, my friends helped me a lot and now I feel very well when I play. I love this club. Munich said to be Bayern Arjen BAYERN MUNICH are closing in on the signing of Real Madrid winger Arjen Robben, according to reports in Spain. The Dutchman is believed to be on his way to Munich today to undergo a medical and sign a contract in a deal worth in the region of 25m euros after Bayern general manager Uli Hoeness reportedly flew to Madrid yesterday for talks with Real president Florentino Perez. Shush Jordan, for Petes sake THE FA have warned Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan over his reaction his clubs goal at Bristol City but will not take further action against him. Jordan was furious when Palace were denied a perfectly valid goal by referee Rob Shoebridge during the Coca-Cola Championship match at Ashton Gate earlier this month. It is understood that the circumstances of the incident was taken into account. Boro lose Huth in Stoke take MIDDLESBROUGH defender Robert Huth is undergoing a medical with Stoke. The German international, who has been linked with Everton and Aston Villa, is expected to complete a 6m move to the Barclays Premier League club if he passes the test. Boro manager Gareth Southgate had been keen to keep the former Chelsea centre-half following the teams relegation last season. Villa planning Viennese whirl MARTIN ONEILL has vowed to go all out on the attack as his Aston Villa side try to overturn a 1-0 deficit against Rapid Vienna in tonights Europa League tie. If Villa concede in Austria they would need at least three to go through, but boss ONeill said: We will have to go with all guns blazing. It could happen that we might well concede an early goal but we have shown in the past that we can come back from a deficit. No grave offence as Fulham enter Russia without love FULHAM have laughed off bizarre attempts by Russian football fans to intimidate them ahead of this afternoons Europa League group stage qualifier at Amkar Perm. Roy Hodgsons side arrived at Perm Airport to be greeted by a gaggle of Amkar supporters dressed up as Grim Reapers and holding a long banner displaying a grave for Andy Johnson, the striker seriously injured in the first leg won 3-1 by Fulham, flanked by coffins for his team-mates. But Aaron Hughes said: It was different, the funniest welcome Ive ever seen anywhere Ive played. I dont think it was particularly sinister and certainly none of us took it like that. It was quite light- hearted and I dont think there was any bad intention behind it. Fulham manager Roy Hodgson also saw the funny side, adding: It was quite amusing. What else can I say? 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