Last Updated: 22/10/13 9:01am
PALACE 1 FULHAM 4 - The Cottagers record a much-needed victory, thanks to two first-half stunners and a couple from set-pieces shortly after the break. Stay with us for report, reaction and ratings from Selhurst Park.
Phillips attempts to play in Moxey but Stekelenburg is quick off his line to smother. The big Dutchman has enjoyed a comfortable return from injury.
Berbatov leads a Fulham break after Parker wins possession and the Bulgarian feeds Kasami on the left. The Swiss wideman eyes up the far corner, but his curling effort is tipped away by Speroni's top hand as he dived to his left.
Rhys Benjamin is a hard man to please: 'I wonder how many more Fulham could have had had Martin Jol not been the manager? The formation tonight was beyond words. Jol played Fulham too wide, and not attacking enough. Why did it take 20 minutes for him to stop sleeping?'
Palace fans give their loudest cheer of the second half upon the award of a free-kick on the edge of the box for Amorebieta's foul on Chamakh. The home fans, though, are soon groaning again as Thomas sends his shot over the wall and high above the crossbar.
Fulham's Richardson receives a card on his birthday from referee Lee Mason - a yellow one for a foul on Bolasie.
Fulham attempt to solidify their midfield by introducing Damien Duff for striker Bent, who has been largely anonymous.
Ward robs Richardson on the edge of the box and takes a couple of touches before blasting high and wide of the target. The right-back was off-balance as he shot with his weaker foot. No surprise, then, where the ball ended up.
Thomas has two more attempts at delivering a cross. The first is headed away temporarily by Amorebieta; the second is palmed behind his own goal by Stekelenburg. Two corners, though, from Bolasie come to nothing.
Thomas finds space on the left of the box, but instead of shooting, the winger tries to find a team-mate and allows Riether to get a block in at the expense of a corner. Jedinak reaches the set-piece first but, under pressure, the Palace midfielder heads well off target.
Chris Green has emailed in to register his annoyance at Palace's defending: 'Crystal Palace had a great start to the game, but this is now long in the memory and I dread to think what Holloway will say to his players once the final-whistle has blown. Their defending has been woeful at times, and this has cost them dearly!'
Palace throw on another striker, with veteran Kevin Phillips dispatched from the bench to replace Gayle.
Thomas seized on a loose touch from Richardson, who brought down the Palace sub on the edge of the box. The ball, though, reaches Gayle, whose first shot hits Stekelenburg but his second effort finds the net. The officials, however, rule that Gayle received the ball in an offside position and give Fulham the free-kick, but Palace want a set-piece of their own for Richardson's tackle on Thomas, which came before Gayle received the ball.
A moment of controversy results in Gayle having the ball in the net for Palace but the effort is ruled out by the linesman's flag.
Palace's fans have gone quiet and their players' heads are down. Fulham are moving the ball around and wearing their opponents down. Parker attempts to play Bent through, but Speroni is quick off his line to gobble up the pass.
Palace's response to going 4-1 down is to introduce Chamakh from the bench, with Puncheon making way.
Another corner from the right has undone Palace, with Senderos meeting the delivery at the far post with an acrobatic volley which Speroni fails to keep out. Stunning start to the second half from Fulham, but Palace have paid for poor defending on two similar set-pieces.
Jedinak attempts to force a lofted pass through to Gayle but the ball drifts harmlessly behind. Bent's involvement in the move prior to the goal was his first real contribution of the evening, but he is almost in again, when Fulham break and Richardson's low cross is cut out at the near post. Palace living dangerously.
Palace's reprieve is short-lived, as the corner lands on the head of Berbatov, who glances the ball into the far corner, which Palace opted not guard with a defender. Palace have been ruthlessly punished.
Julian Speroni goes from zero to hero in five seconds. The Palace keeper woefully slices a clearance against Berbatov, with Bent pouncing on the loose ball. He combines well with Berbatov to create a clear shooting opportunity but Speroni touches Bent's shot around the post.
Palace start on the front foot, winning a couple of corners in quick succession, but Fulham clear, without the aid of their skipper. Hangeland, it seems, has suffered a recurrence of a back injury.
Changes to each side at the start of the second half: Jerome Thomas replaces Campana in the Palace attack, while Fernando Amorebieta takes over from Hangeland in the Fulham defence.
Fulham have had their own goal of the weekend competition in that first period, with Sidwell's ripsnorter following Kasami's thunderbolt. It's a shame for Palace, who will be feeling aggrieved to be trailing after a largely positive showing.
A free-kick from Ruiz is blocked by the Palace wall, but the ball rebounds to Sidwell in a central position, 22 yards from goal, and the midfielder lashes it first time into the top corner. Speroni failed to take off, but he stood no chance of keeping it out.
Fulham attempt an attack of their own, but Palace are well organised, forcing the visitors to go across instead of through. Jedinak steps in to win the ball - not for the first time tonight.
Palace closing the half strongly and O'Keefe fails to control Campana's pass when the Spaniard picks him out in the box.
Panic over. It was a false alarm, seemingly, and the executive boxes are occupied again, just in time for the half-time grub.
Puncheon's radar needs tweaking after he sends another cross beyond his team-mates and out for a goal kick - from the left on this occasion.
Palace win a free-kick in the centre circle and send the big men forward. They go short initially but Puncheon eventually delivers a ball into the box which drifts harmlessly out for a goal kick.
Bolasie causes more problems on the Palace left, fooling Berbatov with some fancy footwork before Riether sprints to intercept a pass intended for Moxey.
Palace work the ball forward and Bolasie gets one-on-one with Riether. Rather than go around the outside, the Palace winger opts to cut inside and shoot but Stekelenburg is in the right place to make a comfortable catch.
Ruiz gets in behind Moxey, but Kasami's floated pass is just too long for the Fulham playmaker. Speroni gathers.
If alarm bells were ringing metaphorically for Palace after Kasami's stunner, they are now literally in the executive box area at Selhurst Park. A fire alarm is causing them to be evacuated. At least the punters got to see Fulham's fine equaliser before being shifted from their comfy seats.
Palace have been trying to regain a foothold in the game by retaining possession and extinguishing Fulham's new-found spirit. The Eagles are clearly targeting Richardson at left-back, and it is from that area where Ward delivers a hopeful cross which Bolasie heads down harmlessly into the hands of Stekelenburg.
The Palace supporters, who were in fine voice previously, have been muted by Kasami's equaliser, which really was stunning. A very worthy rival to Jack Wilshere for goal of the weekend.
The goal wakes up Fulham, who immediately break via Richardson on the left before Speroni collects the low ball across his box. The visitors then win a corner, which Hangeland heads on to the arm of Jedinak, but Fulham's half-hearted appeals for a penalty are ignored.
Riether's pass from right-back lands on the chest of the Kasami, who controls the ball on the run before unleashing a wonderful volley from the right corner of the box which flies over the head of Speroni and into the far corner.
Palace appear to be focusing much of their attack down the right. Delaney aims a long diagonal behind Fulham left-back Richardson but the ball is just too long for Puncheon, who applauds the intention.
More pressure from Jedinak sees Sidwell release possession in his own half, with O'Keefe picking up the loose ball. The Palace midfielder advances towards goal but pulls his low 25-yard shot wide of the target.
Holloway said his side would be up for it and they certainly appear so. Gayle has had another burst down the right brought to an end by Hangeland, before Bolasie and Puncheon force the Fulham defence into a series a hurried clearances. Can they keep up this tempo?
Fulham respond by winning their first corner, but Speroni is impeded by a visiting attacker and earns a free-kick.
Fulham only partially cleared the corner which followed Campana's free-kick and Palace work the ball to Puncheon deep on the left. His looping ball floats towards the box, giving Mariappa the chance to climb above Hangeland and head powerfully past Stekelenburg.
Palace are happy to allow Fulham possession in their own half, but the press arrives as soon as the visitors cross the halfway line. Fulham get as far as 30 yards from goal but Jedinak robs Sidwell.
Ward's throw from deep in his own half puts Gayle in behind the Fulham defence on the right. The striker bursts into the box and gets off a low shot which is saved well by the diving Stekelenburg. A positive start from Palace and a confidence-boosting early save for the Fulham keeper.
Palace get us underway and go all the way back to Speroni in an effort to build from the back. Fulham quickly win possession, though, and give Stekelenburg an early touch on his return from injury.
David Grant has emailed in just before kick-off, keeping it short and sweet: "I predict a 2-2 draw." Here we go...
The two teams have emerged from the tunnel at Selhurst Park and are currently going through the pre-match pleasantries. Any last minute predictions?
Bent will certainly be looking to deprive Speroni of his clean sheet bonus. The Fulham Twitter account earlier informed us that the on-loan striker usually enjoys playing London teams. He's scored 14 goals in five years and has notched 38 career goals against capital clubs. Don't forget, he's 2/1 with Sky Bet to score anytime tonight.
Our friends at Opta also tell us Crystal Palace are one of only two sides yet to earn a shut-out in the Premier League this season. The other porous side? Sunderland - the only team below the Eagles in the table.
Monday isn't everyone's favourite day of the week - certainly not Bob Geldof's - but that isn't the case for Fulham. Under Jol, the Cottagers have won four and lost just one of their seven Premier League matches on a Monday.
Hamzaa on Twitter fancies Holloway's changes to pay off: "Gotta feeling its gonna be a miserable day for Fulham with Bolasie back and Campana starting. Gonna go for 3-0 to Palace.
If you fancy a flutter on tonight's game, here's the latest from our friends at Sky Bet: 'Fulham are the marginal favourites to win at 17/10 with Crystal Palace 7/4 and the draw 9/4. The visitors are attracting the majority of the backing along with Darren Bent to score anytime at 2/1, while Dwight Gayle and Dimitar Berbatov available at 8/1 and 7/1 respectively in our first goalscorer Price Boosts.'
Chris Green from Huddersfield has been in touch and I hope he's right about the entertainment that we can expect tonight: "I am looking forward to this clash. Both of these teams may have had a negative start to the season, but I think we're in for a cracker if both teams put on a show. Palace are the home team, and I expect them to make home advantage count this evening. However, Fulham can be a tough opponent at times, and I hope Palace don't take them lightly; otherwise, this may cost them. Prediction: Crystal Palace 3-2 Fulham."
Holloway has just been speaking to Ed, Gary and Jamie in the MNF studio. The manager admits he has been working hard with his strikers during the international break, both from an offensive and defensive point of view. Holloway is also looking for his side to rediscover the "winning habit" and says: "Sometimes skill loses out to will, so we're going to go for it tonight."
Both sides badly need the three points from this London derby, with Palace 19th in Premier League table and Fulham only two places better off. Who do you think will be celebrating tonight? I want to hear from you throughout the evening - email your thoughts before and during the game to firstname.lastname@example.org or reach me on Twitter @IanWatson1.
Just three changes from Palace boss Ian Holloway: Bolasie makes his first Premier League start, while Campana and Gayle also come in to the starting XI. The side which begins the game tonight is the same as the one which finished the defeat at Liverpool just over a fortnight ago
Fulham boss Martin Jol makes four changes to his side after the much-needed home win over Stoke, with Parker and Stekelenburg returning from injury. Richardson earns a start, as does Bent after his late winner against the Potters.
The two benches: Palace: Price, Gabbidon, Dikgacoi, Kebe, Thomas, Phillips, Chamakh. Fulham: Stockdale, Amorebieta, Zverotic, Karagounis, Boateng, Duff, Rodallega.
The team sheets are in and here are the two line-ups: Palace: Speroni, Ward, Mariappa, Delaney, Moxey, O'Keefe, Jedinak, Campana, Puncheon, Bolasie, Gayle. Fulham: Stekelenburg, Riether, Senderos, Hangeland, Richardson, Parker, Sidwell, Kasami, Ruiz, Berbatov, Bent.