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The Palace Preview: Huddersfield Town

30 March 2019

Crystal Palace host a struggling Huddersfield Town at Selhurst Park today looking to bounce back from consecutive defeats in a game that sees them enter as favourites in terms of stats, league position and recent history.

The Eagles have enjoyed a good run against the Terriers of late, winning all three of their most recent clashes in all competitions, not conceding once in the process.

And at the bottom of the table, Huddersfield have suffered this season, losing 17 of their most recent 19 matches with their last win on the road coming in a 2-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers in November last year.

For Palace, then, the fixture is a chance to atone for a recent dip in form after a blistering spell that saw five wins and two draws from eight games notched up until Brighton & Hove Albion and Watford respectively defeated the Eagles.

With five points separating them and the relegation zone, a win today could be significant for Roy Hodgson's men, especially as Brighton are facing Southampton at the same time - the two clubs occupying the spaces directly beneath the Eagles.

Club News

Last time out report: Eagles edge the Terriers

30 March 2019

Should the Seagulls and Saints draw and Palace win, the south Londoners will move into a strong league position and overtake Newcastle United before the outcome of their clash with Arsenal is decided on Monday night.

Palace fans, then, will be hoping for the same outcome as that recorded the last time Huddersfield travelled to SE25, with the home side running-out 1-0 winners in the League Cup thanks to a Bakary Sako goal early on.

Most significantly, Huddersfield could be relegated this weekend. If they lose to Palace while Burnley and Southampton win, they will match Derby County's record for the earliest relegation in Premier League history.

Team news

Hodgson has confirmed that Palace have a largely fit squad, with Mamadou Sakho its only definite absentee. Wilfried Zaha and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have both trained this week, though it is not confirmed that they will be available for selection.

Huddersfield seem to be plagued with a whole host of injuries, with Jonathan Hogg, Laurent Depoitre and Juninho Bacuna all in doubt. However, several of their sidelined players are on the cusp of a return.

Jason Puncheon will not be available for selection, having joined Huddersfield on loan from Palace in January.

Tactical overview

Town have been fielding quite compact, narrow lineups in their most recent matches of either 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 and base much of their play on working to close their opponent down with a well organised, determined pressing system that is difficult to break down when operating properly.

Aaron Mooy is the one to watch, with the midfielder standing out amongst the Terriers' squad.

Stat to share

The home side has never scored a goal in top-flight fixtures between Crystal Palace and Huddersfield – all 12 goals have been scored by the away side in seven previous meetings.

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Match Reports

Palace back to winning ways with 2-0 win over Huddersfield

30 March 2019

Crystal Palace secured all three points at a sunny Selhurst thanks to second-half goals from Luka Milivojevic and Patrick van Aanholt against Huddersfield Town.

On the first matchday that the Premier League launched their ‘No Room For Racism’ campaign, the game against Huddersfield Town was also one that the Eagles knew there was no room for error in.

The opening 10 minutes saw much of the game bogged down in the middle of the pitch, with neither team really able to get a strong foothold on the match.

Wilfried Zaha was looking to stretch the Terriers’ defensive line whenever the Eagles gained possession around the centre-circle but a couple of shrewd interceptions from Huddersfield captain, Christopher Schindler, stopped Zaha in his tracks.

On the 13th minute, a wonderful one-minute tribute broke out around all sections of Selhurst Park, in remembrance to former Palace Foundation player, Damary Dawkins, who sadly passed away at the age of 13 after a battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.

In what would’ve been a fitting tribute to young Damary, Andros Townsend broke down the right-hand side whilst the applause was ringing out around Selhurst but the Terriers defence recovered to stifle the English winger.

The first real chance of the game emerged in the 16th minute after some superb interplay down the left-hand side between Patrick van Aanholt and Zaha, with the former’s incisive pass finding Michy Batshuayi in the box.

The on loan Belgium international dropped a shoulder to find a yard of space, and as Selhurst rose in expectation, German defender, Erik Durm, heroically threw his body in front of the striker as the ball looked destined for the back of the net.

The Eagles had to wait less than a minute later for their next chance, with Jeffrey Schlupp taking a defence-splitting pass in his stride, but the Ghanaian international unfortunately lost his footing as he drew back his left leg.

Palace were firmly on top now, with their third chance in just four minutes arriving via the foot of Townsend - his cross from the left-hand side found Zaha’s head at the back post, with the Ivorian’s effort going agonisingly wide of Hamer’s post.

The Terriers’ first chance of the game fell to Chris Löwe, with Huddersfield capitalising on some uncertainty in the Eagles backline to orchestrate a three-on-two scenario. However, Löwe, unmarked at the back post, was unable to find a way past Vicente Guaita.

Löwe and the Terriers were kicked into life, however, and just two minutes later Guaita was again called into action, this time via the left foot of Löwe, with the Eagles’ No.1 saving smartly down to his left.

A couple of efforts for each team, Schlupp and Alex Pritchard, respectively kept the game ticking over before a Maradona-inspired moment of magic from Batshuayi teed up Van Aanholt who found Townsend, with the Eagles winger’s shot from outside the box smartly saved by Hamer.

Moments later, in the 37th minute, an over-hit pass from Van Aanholt saw Huddersfield’s Karlan Grant nip in, in front of the returning Scott Dann. Thankfully for Palace, the January signing miscued his dink over Guaita and the rest of the first-half played out without any noteworthy moments.

A half-time sub from Roy Hodgson, which saw Max Meyer replaced by James McArthur, as Palace looked to break the deadlock.

That moment almost came in the 53rd minute thanks to the silky feet of Zaha, who danced his way past two Huddersfield defenders, which created an intricate passing move in the Terriers' box, resulting in a bending Van Aanholt effort towards to the top right-hand corner of Hamer’s goal, unfortunately for the Eagles, Hamer was equal to the effort.

A deflected 56th minute effort from Batshuayi brought about a corner and after a few phases of play - that included a punch from Hamer and a header back into the danger area from Townsend – it all ended with a wonderfully taken volley from James Tomkins, outside the area, that was sailing into the bottom corner had it not been for a scrambling Hamer.

Minutes later, Zaha dazzled the Terriers defenders again, cutting out four of them at once with a delightful pass to find Townsend unmarked in the box. However, the Eagles man saw his chance go narrowly wide.

A minute later and this time some great work from Batshuayi with the forward somehow toe-ending the ball to Zaha. The winger was unmarked on the left, but the Selhurst favourite was unable to successfully round Hamer before the Terriers retreated to close out the danger.

That near-assist from Batshuayi was to be the striker’s last involvement with Hodgson bringing on Batshuayi's international counterpart, Christian Benteke, with the manager looking to capitalise on the flurry of chances falling the Eagles’ way.

The breakthrough came in the 75th minute with Palace’s second-half dominance coming to fruition when the referee, Lee Probert, pointed to the spot after Zaha was brought down.

Up step the ever-reliable, Luka Milivojevic, who calmly sent Ben Hamer the wrong way to send the Holmesdale Road faithful into raptures with his 10th league goal this season.

The noise levels would not drop for the rest of the game as Palace went in search of a game-killing second goal, which duly arrived in the 88th minute, with Van Aanholt slotting neatly through the legs of Hamer after being teed up by Zaha.

Hodgson’s side comfortably saw out the remainder of the game to get back to winning ways and condemn the Terriers to relegation from the top flight.

Palace: Guaita, van Aanholt, Tomkins, Dann, Wan-Bissaka, Meyer (McArthur 45), Milivojevic, Townsend (Kouyaté 78), Zaha, Schlupp, Batshuayi (Benteke 73) Subs not used: Hennessey, Ward, Ayew, Kelly

Huddersfield: Hamer, Smith, Kongolo, Durm, Bacuna (Williams 80), Hogg, Mooy, Löwe (Kachunga 80), Grant, Pritchard (Stankovic 90+4), Schindler Subs not used: Coleman, Hadergjonaj, Daly, Rowe

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Ticket News

TICKETS: Last few remaining for Huddersfield now on general sale

29 March 2019

The handful of tickets remaining for Crystal Palace's clash with Huddersfield Town on Saturday March 30th have now gone on general sale.

The clash will see the Eagles host a bottom of the table Terriers side who have only won one league match on the road all season.

Tickets will be available to book online here, by calling the Ticket Line on 08712 000 071, or in person at the Box Office.

The Ticket Line is open from 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 12.30pm on non-match Saturdays.

Personal callers are able to visit the Box Office between 9am and 5.30pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am to 4pm on Sundays. Both the Ticket Line and Box Office will be closed on bank holidays.

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