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After knocking out League One sides Wycombe Wanderers and Lincoln City, Hartlepool pulled off one of the shocks of the third round when they came from behind to win 2-1 against Blackpool of the Championship.
This is Pools’ first appearance in round four in 13 years and they will be aiming to make the most of it against their Premier League opponents.
Graeme Lee‘s side are 16th in League Two with little chance of promotion or relegation, so their runs in this competition and in the EFL Trophy (which they are in the semi-finals of) are defining their season.
Indeed, Hartlepool have only won three of their last 10 matches in all competitions, with all of those victories coming in the cups.
However, the North-East club have only won once in five previous visits to Selhurst Park – in 1958 – and have picked up the fewest points away from home in League Two this season (six).
Wilfried Zaha has returned from the Africa Cup of Nations and could feature for Crystal Palace, but Cheikhou Kouyate is still out in Cameroon.
Zaha will compete with Michael Olise, Eberechi Eze and Jordan Ayew for a spot out wide either side of Jean-Philippe Mateta, Odsonne Edouard or Christian Benteke upfront.
Palace remain without experienced sidelined pair James McArthur and James Tomkins.
Hartlepool new arrivals Joe White and Bryn Morris, on loan from Newcastle United and Burton Albion respectively, will compete to make their debuts in midfield.
Forward Marcus Carver also arrived at Victoria Park in January, but he is cup tied after playing in the competition earlier this season for Southport.
Pools captain Nicky Featherstone will miss the trip to Selhurst Park after being sent off against Exeter City in League Two last weekend.
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Crystal Palace possible starting lineup:
Butland; Ward, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Schlupp, Hughes, Gallagher; Olise, Mateta, Eze
Hartlepool United possible starting lineup:
Killip; Sterry, Byrne, Odusina, Liddle, Ferguson; Crawford, White, Morris; Bogle, Molyneux