League Cup Preview – Huddersfield Town
The cup returns as a very welcome distraction for the hosts particularly with the news that both Mamadou Sakho and Pape Souare could feature in this all Premier League encounter.
Their return to the pitch will be a much needed boost for the club and fans alike, but for very different reasons. Seeing Souare run our for his first competitive match since his horrific car accident will be an extremely emotional moment. Meanwhile, the sight of Sakho back in the red and blue will rightly provide some confidence which is something that has clearly been lacking of late.
With those two ingredients along with the opening day defeat to the Terriers still stinging, there will be no bigger incentive to progress to the next round of the Caraboa Cup. It will certainly not be easy as that first game of the season showed but much will depend on both managers views on how they approach this match up.
Former USA international striker David Wagner has steered his Huddersfield side to an impressive start in the Premier League this season with eight points from the opening five games. There is still plenty of football to be played but the Terriers have shown themselves to be more than competitive at this level.
CRYSTAL PALACE – Neither Wilfried Zaha and Connor Wickham (both knee) will feature.
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN – Colin Quanar (calf), Steve Mounie (heel), Kasey Palmer (hamstring), Martin Cranie (hip) and Jon Stankovic (knee) are all expected to miss out.
The two clubs have only ever faced each other twice in cup competitions but never in the League Cup. In February 1929, hosts Huddersfield Town beat Palace 5-2 to progress in the FA Cup. The Eagles had to wait until January 1990 to gain revenge in a 4-0 FA Cup win.
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 12/08/2017: Crystal Palace 0-3 Huddersfield Town
- 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
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 16/09/2017: Crystal Palace 0-1 Southampton
- 10/09/2017: Burnley 1-0 Crystal Palace
- 26/08/2017: Crystal Palace 0-2 Swansea City
- 22/08/2017: Crystal Palace 2-1 Ipswich Town
- 19/08/2017: Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace
Last FIVE results for Huddersfield;
- 16/09/2017: Huddersfield Town 1-1 Leicester City
- 11/09/2017: West Ham United 2-0 Huddersfield Town
- 26/08/2017: Huddersfield Town 0-0 Southampton
- 23/08/2017: Huddersfield Town 2-1 Rotherham United
- 20/08/2017: Huddersfield Town 1-0 Newcastle United
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Christopher Schindler 7.64
- Aaron Mooy 7.53
- Scott Dann 6.86
- Andros Townsend 6.82
LEAGUE CUP FORM
Last season, Palace saw off Blackpool in the League Cup courtesy of goals from Scott Dann and Connor Wickham but succumbed to Southampton while Huddersfield suffered an early exit at the hands of Shrewsbury Town.
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – B.93, Copenhagen, PSV Eindhoven, Jong PSV, Copenhagen
Commonly known as ‘Zanka’, he received the nickname from a character in the popular movie Cool Runnings. The centre back joined Huddersfield in the summer from Copenhagen where he enjoyed a little under a century of appearances in what was his second spell at the club.
Born in Copenhagen, he joined local club B.93 where he spent several years in the youth academy before joining Copenhagen for his first spell. From there he joined Dutch side PSV in 2012 on a free transfer but it was not a happy spell for him so soon returned to Copenhagen. The 27 year old has represented Denmark on eleven occasions after working his way through the youth sides.
Tough one to predict not knowing how each manager will plan for this game in terms of personnel being used but with Palace experiencing such dismal league form, this could well be some light relief. There is a real chance of progressing and an early opportunity of some revenge on the Terriers who saw off Palace so convincingly on opening day. It could be a long night as this may go to penalties but the team here at TEB are going with heart over head and plumping for the players to put in a performance good enough to grab a spot in the next round.
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home 4/6
- Draw 13/5
- Away 4/1
- Both teams to score 10/11