Premier League Preview – Huddersfield Town
The international break arguably came at a good time for the Eagles and has hopefully given time for knocks and injuries to heal ready for the next round of fixtures.
Roy Hodgson will be intent on halting a run of three league losses in a row ahead of the trip to Yorkshire to take on Huddersfield Town. While there have been glimpses of good football along the way, the defeat to Southampton was disappointing for all involved.
Let’s not get too down about it though, three points and three goals from the opening four games of the Premier League season is a vast improvement on last season!
It is not clear whether James Tomkins will be fit to return who was an as important miss in that home defeat as Wilfried Zaha, the latter is expected to for this game.
There could also be a change up front with Christian Benteke returning from international duty with Belgium after suffering a knee injury, the extent of which is still to be determined. If the big Belgian does miss out, it will be interesting to see which option Hodgson and his staff opt for – could it be the return of the false nine with Zaha and Andros Townsend up top of do they go with Alexander Sorloth or the more skilful Jordan Ayew?
We will all find out at 2pm on Saturday when the line ups are released but this is by no means an easy fixture. The hosts will take plenty of confidence from the point against Everton and while they are predicted to struggle, they proved to everyone last season that they have plenty of ability.
David Wagner will have them well drilled ahead of the visit of Palace in what will be a tight contest. The Eagles will be banking on the return of Zaha to restore some balance to the side that was so very lacking against Southampton.
TEAM NEWS (courtesy of Physio Room)
CRYSTAL PALACE – Christian Benteke (knee) and Connor Wickham (calf) are both major doubts. Scott Dann (knee), Pape Souare (muscle) and James Tomkins (calf) are all expected to miss out while Wilfried Zaha (groin) is a slight doubt.
HUDDERSFIELD – Ben Hamer (knee) and Ramadan Sobhi (knee) are doubts.
The last time the two sides met was an afternoon of fluctuating weather conditions at the John Smith’s Stadium. The Eagles returned to South London with all three points thanks to goals from James Tomkins and Luka Milivojevic.
Who Scored man of the match – James Tomkins (8.7)
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 17/03/2018 Huddersfield Town 0-2 Crystal Palace
- 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
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 01/09/2018 Crystal Palace 0-2 Southampton
- 28/08/2018 Swansea City 0-1 Crystal Palace
- 26/08/2018 Watford 2-1 Crystal Palace
- 20/08/2018 Crystal Palace 0-2 Liverpool
- 11/08/2018 Fulham 0-2 Crystal Palace
Last FIVE results for Huddersfield;
- 01/09/2018 Everton 1-1 Huddersfield Town
- 28/08/2018 Stoke City 2-0 Huddersfield Town
- 25/08/2018 Huddersfield Town 0-0 Cardiff City
- 19/08/2018 Manchester City 6-1 Huddersfield Town
- 11/08/2018 Huddersfield Town 0-3 Chelsea
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Wayne Hennessey 7.35
- Phillip Billing 7.18
- Steve Mounie 7.17
- Andros Townsend 7.01
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – FC Langnau, FC Thun, FC Luzem, Young Boys, Inglostadt 04
The 24 year old defender went through a number of youth teams before settling at Young Boys for whom he made his professional debut for in 2013. After making over seventy appearances for the Swiss side, he moved to German side Inglostadt in 2016 but did not seem to settle before a loan move to Huddersfield in 2017. The Swiss international impressed enough for the Terriors to sign him permanently in the summer.
It has been a tough start to that difficult second season in the Premier League for the Terriers after two draws and two losses from their opening four games. Many have them down as relegation candidates and boss David Wagner will be using that as an incentive for his players to prove people wrong. If they show the same battling spirit they did to survive last season, then they have every chance. It is unclear whether Palace will be back to full strength but they will be keen to stem the flow of consecutive league losses, while Huddersfield will be boosted by the point against Everton in their last outing.
- TEB prediction – away win
- Who Scored prediction – draw
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home 11/5
- Draw 2/1
- Away 7/5
- Both teams to score 10/11