The Premier League is back and all we have to look forward to is the final run in and the hope that the Eagles do not get embroiled into the battle to stay in the top division.
A real opportunity to stave off that threat is this weekend by beating bottom placed Huddersfield who have suffered this season and are probably heading back to the Championship as a result. However, as we all know, that is easier said than done with Palace having one of the worst home records this season.
With the season ticket renewal upon us all, and there will be nothing stopping the majority from signing up for another season, it would be far easier to part with that hard earned money with the hope of something a little better next season to do the atmosphere some justice.
Travelling down from Yorkshire, the Terriers have nothing to lose and that is a dangerous beast for this Eagles side to take on. Having said that, boss Jan Siewert has changed their style into something more expansive so if they continue with that ethos, it may play into the hands of the hosts.
Struggling to break down teams that come to defend has been a huge problem at home this season and there has to be new ideas on that front going into next season. First things first, secure a seventh successive season in the Premier League following the real disappointment of exiting the FA Cup before the international break.
A win this weekend would go a long way to providing some comfort on both fronts but Roy Hodgson and the players have to earn it against a side that will battle.
TEAM NEWS (courtesy of Physio Room)
CRYSTAL PALACE – Mamadou Sakho continues to miss out while Pape Souare and Bakary Sako are back in training but unlikely to be available for selection. There remain doubts over Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Wilfried Zaha but both are expected to play, the latter missed the cup defeat at Watford.
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN – The visitors have a lengthy injury list with Danny Williams, Isaac Mbenza, Adama Diakhaby and Demeaco Duhaney all out. Our very own Jason Puncheon misses out due to his loan deal while Abdelhamid Sabiri, Aaron Rowe, Karlan Grant, Jonathan Hogg and Laurent Depoitre are doubts.
The last time these two sides met was at the Kirklees Stadium in September. A single first half goal from Wilfried Zaha was enough to seal all three points for the Eagles courtesy of an assist from Ghanaian Jordan Ayew. The game will be remembered for the outburst after the game from Zaha who suffered at the hands of some tough treatment once again from the Terriors.
Who Scored man of the match – Aaron Wan-Bissaka
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 15/09/2018 Huddersfield Town 0-1 Crystal Palace
- 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
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 16/03/2019 Watford 2-1 Crystal Palace
- 09/03/2019 Crystal Palace 1-2 Brighton & Hove Albion
- 02/03/2019 Burnley 1-3 Crystal Palace
- 27/02/2019 Crystal Palace 1-3 Manchester United
- 23/02/2019 Leicester City 1-4 Crystal Palace
Last FIVE results for Huddersfield;
- 16/03/2019 West Ham United 4-3 Huddersfield Town
- 09/03/2019 Huddersfield Town 0-2 Bournemouth
- 02/03/2019 Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Huddersfield Town
- 26/02/2019 Huddersfield Town 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
- 23/02/2019 Newcastle United 2-0 Huddersfield Town
THE RECORD AGAINST HUDDERSFIELD
- Played 44
- Won 15
- Drawn 17
- Lost 12
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Aaron Wan-Bissaka 7.25
- Luka Milivojevic 7.15
- Philip Billing 7.08
- Aaron Mooy 6.81
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – Charlton Athletic, Cambridge United (loan), Crawley Town (loan)
Born in Greenwich, the 21-year-old striker begain his career at Charlton Athletic and made his professional debut for them in 2014 after several years working his way through the youth teams. Two loan spells at League One sides Camrbidge and Crawley have stood him in good stead, particularly his stint at the Sussex side where he found the net 9 times in just 15 appearances. His form continued on his return to the Valley which encouraged Huddersfield to recruit him during the January transfer window for an undiclosed fee.
Palace have won their last three competitive matches in all competitions against Huddersfield and have not conceded a goal in either of them so it make sense that the hosts are the favourites. It looks like the Yorkshire outfit are waiting for the inevitable and the effect of losing to West Ham United last time out after being 3-1 up will likely have an effect for the remainder of the season.
- TEB prediction – home win
- Bleed Blue And White prediction (see link below) – home win
- Who Scored prediction – home win
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – 2/5
- Draw – 10/3
- Away – 7/1
- Both teams to score – 5/4