Palace need to make home form count as they look to what could be the most important game of the season so far as Steve Bruce’s Hull City side visit Selhurst Park for a rare mid-week fixture in the Premier League.
Players such as Julian Speroni, Marouane Chamakh and Jason Puncheon all appear to have come through unscathed which should ease the mind of Tony Pulis ahead of the important clash on Tuesday night.
Another a frustrating week and only three days remaining in the transfer window a deal for former PSG and Liverpool midfielder Mohamed Sissoko looked to be joining on a free transfer but talks have stalled and a deal now looks unlikely.
With little else to go on in terms of rumours or actual business, Palace fans continue to voice their concern about the lack of activity in the transfer market. But the Eagles boss was quick to assure Palace fans in his weekly press conference that he’d be working hard late in to the night on Friday in a bid to bring fresh faces to SE25.
Team news for this fixture – Paddy McCarthy could be in line for his Premier League debut this season after featuring in the defeat at Wigan. The former skipper expressed his delight at getting back out on the pitch saying;
Hearing the travelling fans makes all the hard work over the last 18 months all worth it.
Algerian midfielder Adlene Guideora looks set to feature after Tony Pulis confirmed Kagisho Digkacoi will miss another the game through injury. It may come to soon for Jonathan Parr though who was stretchered off during Saturdays game. Reports suggest that the injury isn’t serious but Dean Moxey is expected to deputise for the Norweigan. Glenn Murray still has the West Brom game as his return date but could be a surprise addition on the bench.
Hull have already made some key signings in their own battle for survival, Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long joining from Everton and West Brom respectively. This should ease Steve Bruce’s goal scoring woes as Hull have failed to score in their last three games. James Chester, Sone Aluko, and Joe Dudgeon are also all still on the sidelines for Hull. The Tigers who currently occupy eleventh place could see Palace draw level with them on points should the home side take all three points.
The visiting fans will once again be highlighting the potential travesty that facing them. Cards and badges will be handed out before and after the game so make sure you lend them your support.
In the last six games in the fixture between the two, Palace have the upper hand winning three and drawing three. The aggregate score over those six games is 7-3 in favour of Palace. The two top rated players ahead of this latest fixture is Mile Jedinak (7.48) and Curtis Davis (7.31). The popular prediction for this one is a win for Palace by a single goal.
Palace will need to be wary of this new attacking threat as they will look to avenge their 1-0 loss to us at the KC back in November as a late Barry Bannan goal was enough to help ten man Palace take the three points back to South London.
Last time out:
Saturday 23rd November
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Hull City XI:
15 McShane (Rosenior – 58′ )
10 Koren (Nagy – 77′ )
11 Brady (Graham – 45′ )
Crystal Palace XI:
08 Dikgacoi (O’Keefe – 75′ )
29 Chamakh (Jerome – 36′ )
07 Bolasie – Sent Off
16 Gayle (Puncheon – 86′ )