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Match Preview: Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Town

12 August 2017

After all the build-up the new season is nearly upon us and on the opening day at Selhurst Park we welcome newly promoted Huddersfield Town.

Their play-off final victory at Wembley in May means they compete in top flight football for the first time in 45 years and are ready for the challenge that lies ahead in the next ten months.

Manager David Wagner has made a number of additions to his squad since that day of celebrations and he is looking forward to the new challenge with excitement.

At Selhurst Park it has been a summer of change with new manager, Frank de Boer, coming in and along with some changes to the backroom team he has also added to his squad as he prepares to make his Premier League bow this weekend.

OPPOSITION VIEW

David Wagner

Boss David Wagner goes into this opening weekend of the season firmly believing that when the game kicks-off at 3pm on Saturday the fact that his side have no Premier League experience is not something which is concerning him as he heads to south London.

“I was more nervous when I arrived in England than now. For me, it is more or less business as usual. We played Brentford (on the opening day) last year, this time it is Crystal Palace. “I think we have two players with Premier League experience. Does it mean something in terms of the performance on Saturday? No. Did we have experience of the play-offs? No. “I am very happy to see on Saturday how the players react. With excitement, they are able to perform.”

TEAM NEWS

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Crystal Palace: Summer signings Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jairo Riedewald and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are named in the squad following their move to Selhurst Park in recent weeks.

Two of the pre-season injury victims, Yohan Cabaye and James McArthur, are back training but it is not confirmed whether they will be involved in the game whilst long term injury victims Connor Wickham and Pape Souare are still missing from action.   

Huddersfield Town:  There are a number of new additions to the squad since the club won promotion but they do go into this first weekend with Martin Cranie, Jonathan Hogg, Nakhi Wells and Jon Stankovic all unlikely to be involved in this encounter due to injury.

MATCH OFFICIALS

Jon Moss

Referee: Jon Moss
Assistant Refs: E Smart and A Halliday
Fourth Official: G Scott

Jon took charge of 37 games in 2016/17 and issued 141 yellow cards and three red cards.
Last season he took charge of four of Crystal Palace‘s top flight games.

TICKETS, MATCHDAY INFO AND COVERAGE

Fanzone

This match is now sold out and turnstiles open at 1.30pm.

The all-new CPFC Fanzone will be open this Saturday for fans to experience pre and post-match.

Located outside Selhurst Park’s Main Stand reception and following major renovations over the summer, the Fanzone will be open from midday on Saturday.

SECURITY CHECKS

Ticket holders are advised to enter the stadium as early as possible, as the game is sold out and security checks remain in place at Selhurst Park.

Turnstiles open at 1.30pm and kick off is at 3.00pm

LIVE COVERAGE 

If you can’t make it to SE25 for the game, there will be live commentary on Palace Player, updates on Twitter, with highlights available on Palace TV from midnight on Saturday.

 

 

 

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Match Reports

Report: Crystal Palace 0-3 Huddersfield Town

12 August 2017

Palace saw their Premier League campaign get off to a poor start as Huddersfield Town recorded a convincing victory at Selhurst Park.

The new boys raced into the lead via a Joel Ward own goal and a strike by Steve Mounie, and he would wrap up the win by notching a second late in the second half to ensure Frank de Boer’s first league game as Eagles boss would end in defeat.

Hopes had been high before kick-off when he was warmly greeted by a packed Selhurst decked in red and blue, but Huddersfield’s gameplan was quickly implemented as they attacked the Eagles on the counter and they found plenty of joy in the first half.

There was an early let-off when Tom Ince side-footed an attempt at Wayne Hennessey when well-placed, and then after 20 minutes Philip Billing drove a powerful blast straight at the Welshman from 30 yards.

But three minutes later the 3,000 visiting fans were celebrating when they registered their first ever Premier League goal. Aaron Mooy’s dangerous corner was flicked on by Christopher Schindler at the front post, and when his centre-back partner Mathias Jorgensen played it back across the area, it hit Ward and the ball agonisingly trickled over the line.

Palace were stunned, and two minutes later they found themselves two behind when another attack down caused problems. Mooy was the architect again as he was slipped into space by Chris Lowe, and his cross was perfect for the unmarked Mounie who gleefully headed past Hennessey to hand De Boer’s team a mountain to climb.

It could have been even worse on the half–hour mark when only a last-ditch sliding challenge by Ward prevented Ince netting on his Selhurst return, and then Jorgensen should have done better when another corner caused problems and the Danish international nodded wide.

Needing something to spark them back into life, Wilfried Zaha provided a glimmer of hope when he wriggled past Schindler and then Jorgensen to get a sight of goal, and his low strike was destined for the bottom corner but Jonas Lossl get a slight touch with his foot to edge it wide of the post, and then after the winger struck another attempt straight al Lossl, Christian Benteke headed a corner just wide as Palace rallied before the break.

They would go into the interval two behind, but knowing one more goal would seal an opening day victory, the Terriers continued to push and after Lowe saw a bouncing low strike pushed away by Hennessey, Mounie blasted the follow-up over the bar.

Andros Townsend was introduced at the break and straight away made an impact, jinking his way down the right before centring but Benteke couldn’t quite reach his pass, however he did get on the end of a Patrick van Aanholt corner on 53 minutes but a superb reaction save by Lossl denied last season’s top scorer getting off the mark for the new campaign.

The pressure was being cranked up and a wonderful sliding challenge and cross-field pass by Ruben Loftus-Cheek released Zaha again who tricked past Danny Williams but couldn’t find a way past Lossl, however the Eagles’ efforts were nearly undone when a mistake at the back by Scott Dann allowed Mounie to race in one-on-one with Hennessey but before he could seal the win, Timothy Fosu-Mensah charged back to put in another fine last-ditch tackle and keep Palace in the game.

Time was slipping away from them though and Dann lashed a chance over the crossbar when a corner fell nicely to him, and that proved to be a costly miss as a minute later Town wrapped up the win as they bagged a third.

A long ball down the flank released Collin Quaner down the right and he teed up Mounie who had broken into the box, and the Benin international rattled the ball in first-time to condemn Palace to an opening day defeat.

The chances continued to fall to the Eagles and both James Tomkins and Benteke squandered opportunities for a consolation late on, as Palace once again failed to win their opening home game of a Premier League season.

Palace: Hennessey, Fosu-Mensah (Tomkins 78), Dann, Riedewald, Ward, Milivojevic (Townsend 46), Puncheon, Van Aanholt, Loftus-Cheek, Zaha, Benteke. Subs not used: Speroni, Schlupp, Lee, Lokilo, Ladapo.

Huddersfield: Lossl, Smith (Williams 56), Jorgensen, Schindler, Lowe, Mooy, Billing, Kachunga, Ince, Palmer (Quaner 70), Mounie (Van La Parra 85). Subs not used: Coleman, Malone, Hefele, Depoitre.

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