"It will be a very tough game, Roberto Martinez has got them playing very good football," Sky Sports News quotes him as saying.
"I always want to test myself against the best and right now Leighton is up there with Ashley Cole as one of the best full-backs in England. I'll be looking forward to that battle because I want to prove to people that I can cut it in the Premier League.
"They've always been a good team and they've always worked hard, but they've added that footballing style to their game now, which will make it tough for us."
The Eagles sit bottom of the Premier League with one win from their 10 games so far.