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Full time at Craven Cottage and a superb Chris David strike claims a late point for Fulham, to end their season a more lighter note. Thanks for joining me!David booked for taking his shirt off.What a goal from Chris David! He cuts inside and whips in a glorious effort which goes off the bar and in. What a strike!Goal for Fulham!Fulham try and get a late equaliser when Woodrow whips in a dangerous ball, but Hennessey claims comfortably.Three minutes of added time.CHANCE FOR PALACE! The Eagles hit Fulham on the counter and Puncheon finds Murray, who smashes it against the crossbar and it flies back to Gayle who couldn't react in time. Glorious opportunity to claim a hat-trick!A wonderful ball over the Palace defence finds Dejagah, who tries to take it round Hennessey but the ball deflects off himself and out for a goal kick.It's Rodallega who steps up, but his curled effort hits the wall and the ball is cleared.Mariappa clatters into Woodrow, giving Fulham an opportunity to level the scores with a freekick from 25 yards.It's Dwight Gayle scores his second of the game! He curls home a wonderful free-kick to make it 2-1 to Palace!Goal for Palace!Scott Parker booked for a late challenge. Free-kick from 25 yards out for Palace.Bolasie gets passed Tunnicliffe and delivers it into the box. The ball is cleared into Dikgacoi's path, and as he's about to fire in on goal - he's penalised for a handball.Fulham's Kieran Richardson comes off for Ryan Tunnicliffe.Fulham appeal for a penalty as Dejagah's cross comes to Amorebieta, who says he's pushed in the back by Delaney. The referee is not interested.Palace get a freekick from 30 yards out and Puncheon opts to fire in on goal, but it smacks straight off the Fulham wall and the ball is cleared.Palace's Chamakh comes off for Glenn MurrayPalace's Jason Puncheon comes on for Tom Ince.After a tussle on the halfway line, Sidwell and Chamakh go head-to-head. The referee manages to calm tempers down and play resumes. Good refereeing.David tries to shuffle the ball between Bolasie and Delaney and the Dutchman goes down in the box, and appeals for a penalty. Friend waves away their appeals whilst Delaney screams at David, who he believes dived.The Palace fans are calling out for striker Glenn Murray. The Eagles have looked rather lightweight up-front this half.Ward picks up the ball in the Fulham area, turns and hits it on goal - but his shot is deflected out for a Palace corner. Ince takes a short corner to Bolasie, who loses it immediately.The resulting corner is cleared comfortably by the Cottagers.Chamakh bursts into the Fulham box and tries to cut it back to Gayle, but Parker intercepts and puts it out for a corner. Good play from the England midfielder.Gayle turns away from Amorebieta but the Spaniard barges into the back of the Palace forward. The Eagles players want a second yellow, but Friend ignores their calls.In truth, it's an equaliser that Fulham richly deserve. Palace haven't turned up in the second half and the Cottagers have looked vibrant since Dejagah's arrival.Rodallega picks up the ball in the Palace box and plays it Cauley Woodrow who cuts inside, and curls in a beautiful strike past a hapless Hennessey.Goal for Fulham!Palace sub as Jedinak comes off for Kagisho DikgacoiKevin Friend ignores Palace's pleas and delivers a yellow card to Amorebieta.Play resumes as Jedinak receives treatment off the pitch. Doesn't look good for the Australian. Meanwhile, Amorebieta clatters into Chamakh with a flying arm. Ledley and Dann are urging the referee to bring out a red card...A break in play as Jedinak receives treatment from the Eagles' physio.Promising start to the second half from Fulham but their finishing has been woeful. Unfortunately for them, that's been the story of their season.Another chance for Fulham! Dejagah picks up a loose ball on the left-hand side and dinks it towards David, who leans back and smacks it high over the bar from 6 yards out.CHANCE FOR FULHAM! A deep cross from David is headed back into the area from Amorebieta, and Rodallega heads in on goal but his effort clips the post and goes wide. Should have scored!Richardson breaks down the left-hand side and clips a ball into the Palace area, but Hennessey managers to smother it at the second attempt.Chamakh finds himself with space on the left-hand side once again. The Moroccan tries to drill it in towards Gayle, but he miskicks his cross and it fires into the side netting.Palace break on the counter again, and Bolasie finds Chamakh on the corner of the box - but his tame effort trickles into the hands of Stockdale.Fulham's Zverotic comes off for DejagahPalace break on the counter, but an unfortunate bobble for Bolasie means he kicks the ball straight out of play for a Fulham goal kick.A slow start to the second half, with Ashkan Dejagah warming up on the touchline and ready to arrive.Crystal Palace get the second half underway!Half-time here at Craven Cottage, and a Dwight Gayle goal seperates the two sides. It's Fulham 0-1 Crystal Palace.A strong end to the half by the home side, with Fulham continually pumping balls into the Palace box. A great block by Delaney sends Zverotic's cross out for a throw in. The Fulham full-back attempts a long-throw into the box - but Hennessey claims it easily.CHANCE FOR FULHAM! Wonderful ball from Zverotic falls to Amorebieta at the back post, who heads down but into the palms of Hennessey who turns it away from goal. Great save.Amorebieta uses his strength and squeezes in a pass to Rodallega, but he can't get the ball out from under his feet and Palace clear. Been a poor half for the Colombian.Woodrow gets down the right channel and floats in a great ball - Dann's clearing header falls onto the foot of Sidwell but he scoops it harmlessly over the bar, to groans from the Fulham faithful.Replays show that it was a magnificent reflex save from Stockdale, denying Dann who's only scored the one goal this season.It's Crystal Palace's turn to win a free-kick 35 yards from goal. Ince whips in a terrific ball and Dann heads in on goal, but Stockdale gets down superbly and pushes the ball away from goal.RIchardson decides to take on the free-kick duty, and he fires horribly over the bar. It even forces a smirk from manager Felix Magath.Free-kick in a good position for Fulham 25 yards out, with four players keen on taking a shot at Hennessey.A long free-kick is nodded down by Woodrow into the path of Richardson, who miskicks horribly on the edge of the box. Palace pick up the loose ball comfortably.The game has quietened down significantly as Palace are comfortably containing Fulham in the middle of the park.A long ball forward is aimed for Rodallega who attempts to use his pace to get beyond Jedinak, but a wonderful challenge from th Australian nullifies any threat.Richardson leaves it for the substitute David, who overcooks his cross and it evades the head of Amorebieta, sailing out for a goal kick.Ward takes down Zverotic 30 yards from Hennessey's goal. Good chance for Fulham to whip in a dangerous ball...Hennessey plays a wonderful ball up the field to Bolasie, who's one-on-one with Zverotic. A neat piece of play gives the winger the chance to fire in on goal, but his shot finds Stockdale down the centre of the goal.A corner is cleared into the path of Joel Ward, who attempts a 25 yard strike and it falls perfectly into Dwight Gayle's path who prods it in to make it 1-0 to the Eagles!Goal for Crystal Palace!CHANCE FOR PALACE! Tremendous play from Gayle who plays a delicate toe-prod into the path of Bolasie, who tries to steer it into the bottom corner but Stockdale gets a vital touch on it. Corner to Palace.Two great chances for Fulham! Great cross from David should have been tucked away by Rodallega, but the Colombian misses the ball three yards out. It falls to Sidwell, who drills it straight at a Palace defender who clears. The Cottagers should have scored.Good battle between Ward and Zverotic as the Palace full-back attempts to get round the Fulham defender, who defends superbly and gets his side a free-kick just when it looked like Ward was free in the Fulham box.Fulham's Alexander Kacaniklic comes off for Chris David.Palace break on the counter and Ince runs at a vulnerable Fulham backline. His shot deflects into the path of Bolasie, who fires in on goal but Heitinga blocks it superbly. Great defending from the Cottagers.Gayle tries to thread through a ball to Bolasie, but it's just too far ahead of the winger. Nice inventive play though from the former Peterborough man.Palace get a free-kick on the left hand side midway through the Fulham half but Heitinga gets above Chamakhj and clears comfortably. Both defences playing well so far.Zverotic aims a long-throw into the Palace area but Jedinak intercepts comortably. Jedinak came into this game with a mammoth 137 interceptions in the league.Chance for Fulham as Woodrow picks up the ball in the Palace box and fires in on goal, but great defending from Scott Dann forces the ball out for a corner. The resulting corner is defended comfortably.Joel Ward cuts in on the left hand side and has the opportunity to fire in a dangerous cross, but a tame left-footed cross falls comfortably into Stockdale's hands.Play resumes with Kacaniklic hobbling back onto the field of play.The game is paused whilst Kacaniklic receives physio treatment. It wasn't a pretty challenge from the Moroccan.Speaking of clumsy challenges, Chamakh is guilty of one himself. A late lunge into Kacaniklic forces referee Kevin Friend to dish out his first caution of the game.Heitinga clatters into the back of Chamakh, just over the halfway line. The Dutchman guilty of two clumsy challenges so far.Chance for Palace as Gayle picks up the ball from the edge of the box, is felled by Zveritic but the ball comes to Bolasie, who twists and turns but fires wide. Good play from Palace.Slow start to the game, with both sides guilty of careless passing. Palace fans doing their best to rouse their team into action.Fulham get a corner and the ball breaks to Kacaniklic who fires it towards Hennessey, who gets down low to send the ball wide. Good effort from the Swede.Good persistent play from Kieran Richardson, who attempts a cross into the Palace area but Scott Dann nullifies the danger and clears easily.Super turn of pace from Bolasie who skipped away from Zverotic, but the attack turns to nothing as Fulham defend in numbers.A long ball is chased down by Amorebieta, who applies pressure on Mariappa who tries to clear it and completely miskicks as it trickles out for a goal kick. Fulham wanted a corner.CHANCE FOR PALACE! Ince turns wonderfully in the Fulham box and tries to bend it into the bottom corner, but it flies marginally wide. Super effort.A long, direct ball from Delaney is pumped into the Fulham box but Hangeland manages to clear easily.First foul of the game as Heitinga takes down Ince 35 yards from Stockdale's goal.Fulham get the game underway!The teams have exchanged handshakes and we're moments away from kick-off. Tony Pulis does his customary jog to the dugout and gives the travelling Palace faithful a big applause, could it be his last game as the Eagles boss?The teams are in the tunnel, we're just under five minutes away from kick off!Thanks to Thomas Feeney who's predicting an away win: "Crystal Palace for a 2-0 win and finish one point below the Top ten in the Premier Division and well deserved.....however Fulham wont hand it to them on a plate so Palace will have to work for all 3 points."Paul Merson chipped in with his prediction earlier in the week, and thinks it'll be a 2-2 draw: "It's important for Fulham to go out on a high. You want to send the fans home thinking 'we can do it next year' and you don't want people remembering a relegation and a home defeat to Crystal Palace all summer. That will leave people wondering what chance they'll have next year in the Championship. I think this will be a really entertaining game, nobody has got anything to lose and I think it could be a Desmond."Fulham will be desperate to end the season on a promising note, having tamely surrendered tamely to relegation following their 4-1 loss last weekend to Stoke. Meanwhile, Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis has been earmarked as a strong candidate for the 'Manager of the Year' award, and will be hoping for another strong performance to boost his chances.If you fancy a flutter on today's match, head over to our friends at Sky Bet who are offering odds of 7/4 for Fulham win, 12/5 for a draw and 6/4 for a Crystal Palace victory.Big thanks to Chris Green from Huddersfield who's predicting an away win: "Crystal Palace to win 1-0, with Ledley scoring the goal."Palace have only won once in their last ten visits to the Cottage, their last win coming in 1986 when they won 3-2.Meanwhile, Fulham have conceded 83 goals so far in the league. Only Derby County have conceded more in the Premier League, when they let in 89 goals in the 2007-08 season.Here's a few stats to whet the appetite, courtesy of our pals at Opta: Interestingly, Crystal Palace have failed to win a single game played on a Sunday in the last two seasons that they have played in the Premier League.Thanks to Fulham fan Luke Newman who's emailed in: "As a Fulham fan, it was disappointing to see us bow out of the premier league in the way we did against Stoke. If we lacked fight in that game, I don't think that we will have much in this one. Because Palace have nothing to play for, I'd go for a dull 1-1 draw."Now that the team news is sorted, let's see what you're predicting for this afternoon. First up, is Cian Hughes who says: "I don't think Fulham will put up a fight today. 3-0 Palace is my prediction."And Fulham's substitutes are: Joronen, Kasami, Mitroglou, Tunnicliffe, Dejagah, David and WilliamsHere's Fulham's starting XI: Stockdale; Zverotic, Heitinga, Hangeland, Amorebieta; Kacaniklic, Sidwell, Parker, Richardson; Rodallega, WoodrowWhilst we wait for Fulham's team news, feel free to send me a prediction for today's game at Craven Cottage. You can contact me via Twitter @davidalexbowers or by email: david.bowers@bskyb.comSubstitutes for Crystal Palace: Speroni, Gabbidon, Dikgacoi, O'Keefe, Puncheon, Murray, Jerome.First up, we have the Crystal Palace starting XI: Hennessey, Mariappa, Dann, Delaney, Ward, Bolasie, Jedinak, Ledley, Ince, Chamakh, Gayle.Good afternoon and welcome along to Sky Sports' live commentary of Fulham v Crystal Palace. Relegated Fulham have their pride to play for, whilst Palace have a slim chance of making the top half. Team news arriving shortly...Kick-off is at 1500 BST.

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