Crystal Palace host Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon in a match that will have great significance in the fight for survival.
The Eagles have only won a single league match under new manager Sam Allardyce and though they were one of the Premier League's busiest clubs in the January transfer window, they have yet to threaten a revival.
The visitors meanwhile are also in need of a positive result as they themselves stand just two points above the drop zone. Aitor Karanka's men have struggled to find the net for much of the season having only scored 19 goals in 25 league games, and though they have been a difficult side to beat this season, they would love to claim all three points on Saturday to widen the gap between themselves and the relegation zone.
Middlesbrough last visited Selhurst Park for a Premier League fixture back in 2005 and though the two teams have met on numerous occasions since then, there has been very little to separate the two sides.
Both have enjoyed narrow victories at various points, although Boro won't have many fond memories from their last trip to Selhurst Park as they were beaten 4-1 by an Eagles side that would win promotion back to the Premier League in the 2012/2013 season.
Wayne Hennessey vs Alvaro Negredo
Scoring has not been Middlesbrough's forte this season so they will need Alvaro Negredo to put his own indifferent form to one side if they are to find the goals that will help them win the match.
Despite their recent struggles in front of goal the visitors will be confident of finding the net against a leaky Palace defence, so Eagles' keeper
Middlesbrough meanwhile face an anxious wait to see if several key defenders will be fit for the match. Calum Chambers and George Friend have missed training this week due to injury, so both will need to pass late fitness tests to be in contention.
Antonio Barragan and James Husband are definite absentees for the Teesiders, who will be facing a crisis at the back if neither Chambers or Friend are passed fit.
Possible Crystal Palace lineup: Hennessey; Ward, Sakho, Delaney, van Aanholt; Milijovecic, McArthur; Townsend, Puncheon, Zaha; Benteke
Possible Middlesbrough lineup: Valdes; Chambers, Espinosa, Gibson, Fabio; De Roon, Clayton, Forshaw; Traore, Negredo, Stuani
Both of these teams have struggled for goals in recent times and whilst they have contrasting defensive records, this is unlikely to be a game filled with goals.
Palace simply cannot afford to lose yet more ground in the fight for survival and though they will be keen to pick up three points, Middlesbrough have been a tough side to beat this season and seeing as they are the league's draw-specialists, this one has stalemate written all over it.
Crystal Palace 1-1 Middlesbrough