Premier League Preview – Huddersfield Town
In what will be the first of a few games that will be labelled as a six-pointer between now and the end of the season, Palace head to Yorkshire to take on Huddersfield Town.
There will be a real feeling among the visiting players that they let themselves down on opening day when the newly promoted Terriers got off to a flying start by returning from South London with all three points in their back pocket.
The hosts have had a decent season considering many expected them to be down in the lower reaches of the Premier League table. To be sitting four points above the bottom three with eight games left to play will no doubt please the Huddersfield fans which gives them more than a fighting chance of staying up.
As for the Eagles, it is hoped that a number of returning players from injury will boost the options going into what will be a run of games to the end of the season where points should be picked up. However, pressure comes from games where teams are expected to win which is quite different to the expectations from the more recent run of fixtures.
Roy Hodgson continues to take each game as it comes which is the perfect attitude, particularly at this stage. This is a winnable fixture and one that would have been pinpointed by both clubs as one where points can be secured.
This will be the third and final meeting between these two sides this season with one win a-piece. Whoever takes the bragging rights into next season will take a huge step towards safety.
The trip for Palace will be only the second time in almost eighteen years that they have faced Huddersfield Town away from home.
TEAM NEWS (courtesy of Physio Room)
CRYSTAL PALACE – Connor Wickham (fitness), Joel Ward (muscle), Julian Speroni (knee), Bakary Sako (ankle), Scott Dann (knee) or Jason Puncheon (knee) are unavailable. Yohan Cabaye (abductor) and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (ankle) may face a late fitness test.
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN – Daniel Williams (ankle), Terence Kongolo (hip), Michael Hefele (knee), Sean Scannell (shoulder), Elias Kachunga (knee) and Jon Stankovic (knee) are unavailable.
The last time these two sides met in Yorkshire was in 2013 and was decided by a goal from James Vaughan in the 55th minute, a popular striker that has now played for both clubs. Three Palace players that started the game remain with the club – Julian Speroni, Damien Delaney and Wilfried Zaha.
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 19/09/2017 Crystal Palace 1-0 Huddersfield Town
- 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
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 10/03/2018 Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace
- 05/03/2018 Crystal Palace 2-3 Manchester United
- 25/02/2018 Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
- 10/02/2018 Everton 3-1 Crystal Palace
- 04/02/2018 Crystal Palace 1-1 Newcastle United
Last FIVE results for Huddersfield;
- 10/03/2018 Huddersfield Town 0-0 Swansea City
- 03/03/2018 Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Huddersfield Town
- 24/02/2018 West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Huddersfield Town
- 17/02/2018 Huddersfield Town 0-2 Manchester United
- 11/02/2018 Huddersfield Town 4-1 Bournemouth
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Wilfried Zaha 7.19
- James Tomkins 7.16
- Christopher Schindler 7.15
- Aaron Mooy 6.84
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Peterborough United (loan), Swindon Town (loan), Brentford (loan), West Bromwich Albion (loan), Norwich City
The 24 year old began his career in the West Ham United academy before moving across London to Tottenham Hotspur in 2009. He made his professional debut in 2011 but only made one more appearance for Spurs. In his time at White Hart Lane, Pritchard had four spells on loan, particularly impressing in his time at both Brentford and Swindon. Norwich City signed the attacking midfielder in 2016 before joining Huddersfield in the January transfer window. The Orsett born player has appeared for England at both Under 20 and Under 21 levels.
Final league position – 17th
David Wagner and his side have done a superb job so far considering how they were predicted to go straight back down. That scenario could of course still happen but it would not be the want of trying. With sensible signings and sticking to their way of playing, the Terriers have made their presence known in the Premier League this season. With so many teams still in the mix at the bottom of the table, it remains difficult to pinpoint who will actually make the drop to the Championship and Huddersfield are doing their damnedest to make sure they not one of them.
- TEB prediction – away win
- Duncan Foster’s prediction (see link below) – draw
- Who Scored prediction – away win
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – 15/8
- Draw – 2/1
- Away – 8/5
- Both teams to score – 10/11