Premier League Preview – Huddersfield Town
The long awaited return of Premier League football is almost over as Palace entertain newly promoted Huddersfield Town.
It is a very warm welcome to the Terriors who take their Premier League bow against Palace at Selhurst Park ahead of a season that most fans of the Yorkshire club did not think was possible.
German boss David Wagner worked miracles last season to achieve an unlikely promotion ahead of plenty of sides much more fancied than Huddersfield. Now they face that all important challenge of staying in the top division at the first attempt. Plans are already in place to overhaul a squad of players that perhaps achieved promotion sooner than anyone at the club expected. There have been countless signings already and it will be interested how Wagner and his squad get on this season.
As for Palace, it has been a summer of change with the appointment of Frank de Boer. It is a new chapter at the club which many consider an exciting and refreshing one with the Dutchman already implementing his own style on what is a talented squad of players he has inherited.
Only time will tell whether those players are able to adapt to the new style that is being introduced by the former Ajax man and the new recruits to the backroom staff. One of the more important decisions has been to retain the services of Sammy Lee who clearly had a major influence when he joined the club with Sam Allardyce in December.
CRYSTAL PALACE – Yohan Cabaye (ankle) and James McArthur (knock) are both slight doubts while Bakary Sako (muscle), Connor Wickham (knee) and Pape Souare (leg) are all unlikely to feature.
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN – Martin Cranie (hip), Jonathan Hogg (ankle), Nakhi Wells (ankle) and Jon Stankovic (knee) are not expected to feature in this season opener.
The last meeting between the two sides was in January 2013 at the John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield where a James Vaughan goal midway through the second half was enough to give the hosts all three points. It was a season where Palace boasted the longest unbeaten run (14 games) finishing fifth and achieving promotion to the Premier League. Huddersfield had the unenviable record of the longest winless run (12 games) on their way to finishing 19th, just four points above the relegation zone.
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 30/01/2013 Huddersfield Town 1-0 Crystal Palace
- 22/12/2012 Crystal Palace 1-1 Huddersfield Town
- 03/04/2001 Crystal Palace 0-0 Huddersfield Town
- 26/08/2000 Huddersfield Town 1-2 Crystal Palace
- 29/01/2000 Crystal Palace 2-2 Huddersfield Town
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 21/05/2017 Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace
- 14/05/2017 Crystal Palace 4-0 Hull City
- 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
Last FIVE results for Huddersfield;
- 29/05/2017 Huddersfield Town 0-0 Reading
- 17/05/2017 Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Huddersfield Town
- 14/05/2017 Huddersfield Town 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday
- 07/05/2017 Huddersfield Town 0-3 Cardiff City
- 29/04/2017 Birmingham City 2-0 Huddersfield Town
IN – Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Jairo Riedewald (Ajax), Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Manchester United)
OUT – Steve Mandanda (Marseille)
IN – Laurent Depoitre (FC Porto), Aaron Mooy (Manchester City), Jonas Lossl (Mainz), Tom Ince (Derby County), Kasey Palmer (Chelsea), Danny Williams (Reading), Steve Mounie (Montpellier), Scott Malone (Fulham), Mathias Jorgensen (FC Copenhagen)
OUT – Tareiq Holmes-Dennis (Portsmouth), Jordy Hiwula (Fleetwood Town), Fraser Horsfall (Gateshead), Rekeil Pyke (Port Vale), Jack Payne (Oxford United)
ONE TO WATCH
Previous clubs – Liverpool, Notts County (loan), Blackpool, Crystal Palace (loan), Hull City, Nottingham Forest (loan), Derby County (loan), Derby County
At the age of just twenty-five, the winger has already appeared for more clubs that most professional players would find hard to beat in a whole career. However, loan deal appear to be more common place in the game now for young players trying to find their way in the game.
It was three years ago now that Ince spent time on loan in South London in a spell that saw him score on his debut against West Bromwich Albion going to make seven more appearances. There were glimpses of what he could do but he has only ever really settled at Blackpool and more recently at Derby County which is why Huddersfield have given him another crack at the big time. The former Liverpool youth player has appeared several times for England at Under 17, Under 19 and Under 21 level.
Final league position – 19th
Perhaps harshly and going with the popular view but it is so difficult to judge at this stage where the Terriors will finish this season. It would be fantastic to see the newly promoted side survive but the odds are stacked against them, as they are against all the newcomers to the top division. The club are clearly a popular addition to the Premier League and the fans are a breath of fresh air, determined to enjoy whatever happens. For that attitude alone, they will win over many more fans as the season progresses.
- TEB prediction – home win
- HTFC World prediction (see link below) – home win
- Who Scored prediction – draw
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – 8/11
- Draw – 5/2
- Away – 4/1
- Both teams to score – evens