Crystal Palace - Shrewsbury Town Preview: Eagles looking to preserve early momentum

Alan Pardew's men are riding high in the Premier League after two wins from their opening three matches and are heavy favourites to dispatch Micky Mellon's men at Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace will be hoping to maintain their early-season momentum when they take on League One strugglers Shrewsbury Town in the League Cup second round on Tuesday.

The Eagles have begun their Premier League campaign with impressive wins over Norwich City and Aston Villa and a spirited defeat to Arsenal, and boss Alan Pardew will be hoping for a longer League Cup run than last year's third-round elimination at the hands of Newcastle.

Meanwhile, after a difficult start to the 2015-16 season, Micky Mellon has called on his Shrewsbury players to display greater passion when they visit Selhurst Park.

Shrewsbury were promoted as runners-up in League Two last season and have struggled early on in their new surroundings, taking just two points from four matches.

A James Collins goal 20 minutes from time secured a 1-1 draw at Oldham Athletic on Saturday, but Mellon was less than satisfied with the performance.

"We've got to start with that enthusiasm and love for the game from the first minute because I just don't understand it," he told reporters.

"Everyone who knows anything about my teams since I've been here knows they have to fight because if they can't, they won’t last with me - I want people who battle and are proud of what we do.

"I want us to fight for the jersey and for each other. It's not about putting it in, it's about working smarter and doing the job the players have been asked to do.

"Too many didn't do that against Oldham. It just took us far too long to get going.

"We had a chat afterwards and we’re miffed as to why we it took us so long to get tight and play with any freedom and get going."

Shrewsbury knocked out teams from a higher league in each of the first three rounds of last season's League Cup before being beaten by eventual winners Chelsea, and they were at it again in this year's first round, dispatching Blackburn Rovers 2-1 at Ewood Park.