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Preview: Hull City v Palace

PUBLISHED

10:30 23rd November 2013


ABOUT
Crystal Palace travel to Hull off the back of a morale boosting 0-0 draw with Everton, which brought to an end a run of seven straight Premier League defeats.  

Caretaker manager Keith Millen is again set to take charge of the Eagles on Saturday, as co-chairman Steve Parish continues the search for a permanent successor to Ian Holloway. 

Palace go into the game looking to continue a decent record against the Tigers. They have lost just one of the last 13 meetings between the two sides, with that defeat coming at the KC Stadium in April 2008. They battled to a 0-0 draw on Humberside last season, before a Kevin Phillips hat-trick helped the Eagles on their way to a 4-2 victory in the return fixture in March this year. 

Meanwhile, Hull City have had the best start of the three clubs promoted from the Championship last season. Steve Bruce’s men have 14 points on the board from their opening 11 games – a record that leaves them 12th in the Premier League.

However, the Tigers have lost three of their last four in the league, including a 4-1 defeat by Southampton before the international break. 

Their only win during that spell came at home to Sunderland at the start of the November, when the Black Cats were reduced to nine men. 

TEAM NEWS
Hull City: Steve Bruce expects Robbie Brady and Allan McGregor to be fit for Saturday’s game after both players came through a full training session on Thursday morning.

Gedo has returned from international duty with Egypt with no injury problems, while there are no fitness concerns over Maynor Figueroa, who is due to report back to training today having represented Honduras.

Stephen Quinn will miss out though after picking up a hamstring problem, while Sone Aluko and James Chester are also nursing injuries. 

Crystal Palace: Mile Jedinak, Barry Bannan, Kagisho Dikgacoi and Jose Campana have all returned from international duty unscathed and will be available to Keith Millen this weekend. 

Jonny Williams came through 45 minutes of the development side’s 4-3 win over QPR in midweek and is expected to travel to Humberside as part of the first-team squad. 

There’s less positive news for Jerome Thomas though, who is doubtful after picking up a knock in training, while Paddy McCarthy (groin), Jack Hunt (broken ankle), Adlene Guedioura (broken ribs) and Glenn Murray (cruciate ligament) all remain sidelined. 

MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Assistants: J Flynn and H Lennard
Fourth Official: M Oliver

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
Hull winsDrawsPalace wins
League151712
Play-Offs000
FA Cup200
League Cup101
Total181713

LAST MEETING AT THE KC STADIUM
Palace battled to a hard-fought 0-0 draw against Hull City when the two promotion-chasers met at the KC Stadium as Championship opponents in November last year.  

The Eagles were flying high in second place going into the game, while Steve Bruce’s men occupied a play-off spot in fifth – positions they were to exchange by the end of the season.

Almost 17,000 supporters attended the game but they weren’t to see any goals, as Robert Koren squandered the best chance of the game by blazing over from six yards out, before Wilfried Zaha was denied by David Stockdale in the dying embers of the match.   

MATCHDAY INFORMATION
Palace’s ticket allocation for the game has not sold out, but please do not travel to Hull, as the club will not be selling tickets on the day. 

Getting to the KC Stadium
By Car: The recommended route is via the M1, exiting at Junction 32 onto the M18 and following it for 27 miles before joining the M62. Continue on the A63, following signage for Beverley/Hull for about 15 miles. Exit onto Madeley Street and take the second exit at the roundabout onto Rawling Way. Bear left at Anlaby Road, then turn left into Walliker Street. After about half a mile, turn left again at Carnegie Street and another left again at Perry Street. Continue on Anlaby Road for about 350 yards, turning right to reach the ground.

Hull City Council is advising supporters to plan their journey to the match due to roadworks on Anlaby Road, between Albert Avenue and Walton Street, which are in the final phase with lane restrictions currently in force. Fans attending the match are advised to either take public transport or set off earlier.

Parking: The stadium has its own car park right next to the ground with access from Walton Street, which is floodlit and open to home and away supporters. There is also a park and ride bus to and from the stadium from the town centre, which also has many car parks and will most likely be quicker to exit in comparison to the one at the stadium.

By train: The best route is to catch the train from London King's Cross to Hull (Hull Paragon) and the stadium is around a 20-minute walk from here.

BETTING
(Odds courtesy of SkyBet)
Hull win: 4/5
Draw: 5/2
Palace win: 7/2
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LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary from the KC Stadium will be available on Palace Player. To log in or sign up to the service, CLICK HERE.

You can also keep track of the game with our minute-by-minute text updates by following Crystal Palace Football Club’s official Twitter account, @Official_CPFC.