Premier League Preview – Hull City
The two sides enter this huge match up off the back of very different defeats.
Palace are smarting from a drubbing at the hands of Manchester City who impressed at the Etihad last weekend while Hull will be extremely disappointed with their loss at home to related Sunderland.
Those two results set up this fixture as all important to both clubs. If Sunderland do not beat Swansea on Saturday afternoon then Palace will just need a point from this game to secure safety. A win for Hull sees the relegation battle go down to the final weekend of the season.
It is another match day at Selhurst Park that us fans will be needed as that all important 12th man just like we have witnessed and been a part of so many times before. It is the final home game of the season so lets get behind the team once again from the first whistle until the very last in an effort to help secure a fifth season in the Premier League.
CRYSTAL PALACE – Andros Townsend (Achilles) and Joel Ward (nose) are both expected to play while Mamadou Sakho (knee), Connor Wickham (knee) Scott Dann (knee) and Pape Souare (leg) will continue to miss out. Yohan Cabaye (knock) and James Tomkins (ankle) will have late fitness tests.
HULL CITY – Lazar Markovic (ankle), Ryan Mason (skull), Will Keane (knee), Moses Odubajo (patella) and Omar Elabdellaoui (back) will all miss out.
The two sides last met at the KCOM Stadium in what turned out to be quite a game. The goal scoring got off to a somewhat dubious start as Robert Snodgrass ‘won’ a penalty and duly despatched the spot kick past Wayne Hennessey. Shortly after the break, Palace got back onto level terms thanks to Christian Benteke and with twenty minutes to go Wilfried Zaha gave the visitors the lead. Two quick fire goals from Adama Diomande and Jake Livermore put the hosts back into the lead in the topsey-turvey match only for substitute Fraizer Campbell to find an equaliser in the final minute.
Who Scored man of the match – Wilfried Zaha (8.9)
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 10/12/2016 Hull City 3-3 Crystal Palace
- 25/04/2015 Crystal palace 0-2 Hull City
- 04/10/2014 Hull City 2-0 Crystal Palace
- 28/01/2014 Crystal Palace 1-0 Hull City
- 23/11/2013 Hull City 0-1 Crystal Palace
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 06/05/2017 Manchester City 5-0 Crystal Palace
- 29/04/2017 Crystal Palace 0-2 Burnley
- 26/04/2017 Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
- 23/04/2017 Liverpool 1-2 Crystal Palace
- 15/04/2017 Crystal Palace 2-2 Leicester City
Last FIVE results for Hull;
- 06/05/2017 Hull City 0-2 Sunderland
- 29/04/2017 Southampton 0-0 Hull City
- 22/04/2017 Hull City 2-0 Watford
- 15/04/2017 Stoke City 3-1 Hull City
- 08/04/2017 Manchester City 3-1 Hull City
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Wilfried Zaha 7.39
- Christian Benteke 7.33
- Harry Macguire 7.10
- Curtis Davies 6.99
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – Leicester City, Nettleham, Lincoln City, Jerez Industrial, Hereford Town, Mansfield Town, Chesterfield
The 26 year old began his career at the Leicester City youth set up but it was not until he joined Hereford Town in 2011 his football career really started. With 8 goals in 58 appearances, Clucas moved to Mansfield Town in 2013 and managed a slightly better record with 8 goals in 43 appearances before joining Chesterfield in 2014. After 9 goals in 41 appearances for the Spireites, Hull came calling who he joined in 2015 on a three year deal for a fee thought to be in the region of £1.3million. To date, the midfielder has made over 70 appearances for the side from the KCOM Stadium and scored 8 goals.
Final league position – 18th
Marco Silva has done a terrific job since taking over the reins at Hull from Mike Phelan but it could well be a case of having to play catch up for too long. The Portuguese boss has impressed since being a the surprise appointment at Hull and there is no doubt he will attract several suitors over the summer but whatever happens, the Tigers will be keen to keep hold of him. As for the team, the losses of Jake Livermore and Robert Snodgrass were players that perhaps Hull could ill afford to lose with the expected battle ahead but they have come closer to survival than many expected them too.
- TEB prediction – home win
- Tigerlink prediction (see link below) – home win
- Who Scored prediction – home win
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – evens
- Draw – 5/2
- Away – 14/5
- Both teams to score – 8/11