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Kung-fu Fighting, Had To Be Fast As Lightning

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Kung-fu Fighting, Had To Be Fast As Lightning
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Crystal Palace welcome Manchester United on Saturday, although not their fans if they dare to turn up wearing Eric Cantona masks. United fans are planning to celebrate the 10th anniversary of that kung-fu kick by wearing the masks. The stewarding at Selhurst Park is almost legendary for it's over-officiousness but they're planning to go one step further for the visit of United, with stadium manager Kevin Corner warning: "If they wear [Eric Cantona masks] inside Selhurst Park they will be immediately rejected on safety grounds."

Portsmouth, meanwhile travel to Highbury, their fans making the sensible decision to not wear Alan Knight masks. Arsenal's season is still down-in-the-dumps after only just scraping past Sheffield United on penalties in the FA Cup on Tuesday. Although realistically the Gunners are out of the title race, they really need to win this one if only to improve their confidence ahead of their mid-week European game against Bayern Munich.

London derby of the week sees Charlton travelling to West London to face Fulham. The Addicks won the Londonist bizarre football story of the week when they announced they're to launch a "Soccer Academy" in Arizona, USA of all places. Although they've fallen out of the European places recently, they'll be looking for their first win at Craven Cottage since 1986.

Away from the Capital, Chelsea travel to Naarch (kick-off 17:15). Blues fans will be hoping for another half-time outburst from Delia Smith to keep off the East Anglian cold. Meanwhile Tottenham travel to not-quite-relegated-yet Southampton. Spurs have been on a good run of late and will be looking for a win on the south coast to improve their chances of getting a UEFA cup spot.

With more than 10 games to go in Division Two, the race for the play-offs is still wide open. Although perhaps not as wide open as the ever-confident Watford keeper Richard Lee thinks - this week saying that the Hornets "might be in with a shout of the play-offs." Watford entertain relegation-threatened Coventry on Saturday, hoping for three points to either a) ease their own relegation worries, or b) (if you're Richard Lee) to step up the play-off push.

In the play-off race proper, the London clubs all have tricky home ties against fellow play-off challengers. West Ham take on Preston, QPR play Reading who are yet to record a league victory in 2005, and on Sunday Millwall take on Leeds United (kick-off 14:00).

It's back to league matters for Brentford after their eventual FA Cup exit to Southampton. The Bees travel to Colchester, needing three points to put them back in the play-off race. And in Division Four Leyton Orient travel to Devon to face table-toppers Yeovil.

Last Updated 04 March 2005