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).
Crystal Palace have reached the FA Cup final twice without ever winning the competition, but manager Patrick Vieira has lifted the trophy five times – only Ashley Cole has done so on more occasions.
Since losing the 2016 final to Manchester United, the Eagles – who are currently 13th in the Premier League – have only gone beyond the fourth round once.
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They came from behind to win 2-1 away at Millwall in round three this year with goals from Michael Olise and Jean-Philippe Mateta, who has since made his loan move to South London permanent.
That stands as their only win in four games in 2022 so far, while they have lost their last two matches at Selhurst Park; Palace have not suffered three consecutive defeats on home turf since July 2020.
This is the first meeting between the two sides since the Eagles won 2-1 in a League Cup fixture in 2004, with current sporting director Dougie Freedman getting on the scoresheet that day.Crystal Palace FA C