Palace Preview – Hull City

So we return from another unimportant and frankly uninteresting international break to Premier League action and normality resumes with the good news that there isn’t another one for several months.

Palace continue to be the main story and still to appoint a successor to Ian Holloway with fans wondering if anybody is actually willing to take it. Keith Millen’s (currently) side have produced some great performances which has called for some fans to want him to stay on until the end of the season and perhaps an away trip to the KC stadium could help convince the board. Fans hope to build on the point we claimed against Everton two weeks ago.
A whole host of names have been linked with the vacant seat at SE25. Former manager Iain Dowie, former Stoke City boss Tony Pulis and current Dinamo Moscow boss Dan Petrescu have all been the bookies favourites at different times to take the reigns at palace.
Team news this week and once again I’m happy to report that all of our international Eagles returned unscathed. Richard Cawley (of the South London Press) reported on Wednesday that Jerome Thomas looks set to miss our trip to Hull and with Adlene Guideora still sidelined with a rib injury together with our usual long term absentees of Glenn Murray, Jack Hunt and Paddy McCarthy.
It has also been reported that Jonny Williams is in contention for a return after injuring ankle ligaments on international duty for Wales three months ago. This should bring a smile to many Palace fans faces.
Our opponents this weekend are fellow Premier League new boys Hull City. Palace were unbeaten against the Tigers last season in the Championship with a goalless draw at the KC stadium and winning the return at Selhurst Park with a Kevin Phillips hat trick sealing a 4-2 win.
Hull have had a brighter start to the season than Palace finding themselves in 12th having won four games and drawing two in the eleven games so far. Robbie Brady and Yannick Sagbo have started well this season and will need to be watched if Palace look are looking to return from Humberside with anything.
In our ‘View From The KC’ article earlier in the week, Hull City fan Rick Skelton told us;

The only real cloud over the KC Stadium is the name change nonsense. It’s intensified in the last couple of weeks with insensitive and disrespectful comments from the chairman and I hope that doesn’t affect the atmosphere in the stadium because the players and management have nothing to do with it.

I’ve seen Palace a couple of times recently and they’ve been unlucky. They were the better team against Fulham until Kasami’s wonder goal and played well against Arsenal without getting the rewards. Jerome Thomas (a former Tigers’ trialist) is a player who can cause damage and Bolasie is a danger with his pace. We’ll have to stand up to Jedinak and Dikgacoi too. They can make it a real midfield battle.

With all the uncertainty in the visiting camp, I see a home win. I think it will be a lot tougher than some expect though and hope the home crowd are patient. Some hope.

Last five meetings between the two sides (courtesy of Holmesdale Online);
5th March 2013 – Championship – Crystal Palace 4-2 Hull City
27th November 2012 – Championship – Hull City 0-0 Crystal Palace
17th March 2012 – Championship – Crystal Palace 0-0 Hull City
20th August 2011 – Championship – Hull City 0-1 Crystal Palace
30th April 2011 – Championship – Hull City 1-1 Crystal Palace

Article written by Adam Johnson

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