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Preview: Hull City

5 March 2013


ABOUT:
Second meets fourth in the Championship tonight as Hull City travel to Selhurst Park, the ground which boasts the longest unbeaten home record in the top four divisions this season. Since taking over in the summer, Steve Bruce has guided his Tigers into the automatic promotion places and they look well-equipped for a return to the Premier League.

Their away form is patchy of late as they have only picked up one win from their past five league trips, which came with a 1-0 win at Millwall a month ago and they have found some success in the capital this season as they have also picked up a win at Watford and a draw at Charlton. They have taken the lead in 18 Championship games this season, winning 17 and drawing the other one. 

The goals have been shared around the side this season with Robert Koren and Sony Aluko top scoring with just eight goals, but Mohamed Gedo has struck six times in just five game since arriving on the final day of the January transfer window as part of a trio of Egyptians who have signed temporary deals at the KC Stadium.


TEAM NEWS:
Crystal Palace: Jazz Richards picked up a toe injury against Derby on Friday night and is highly unlikely to play any part tonight. Fellow defenders Joel Ward, Danny Gabbidon, Darcy Blake and Paddy McCarthy remain out, but Andre Moritz could find a place on the bench after recovering from his knee injury. Owen Garvan and Alex Nimely also sit this one out.

Hull City: Paul McShane and Abdoulaye Faye have recovered from recent injury problems and were named on the bench on the weekend but Tom Cairney picked up an injury in training on Monday morning and is out of tonight's game. Sony Aluko is also missing with an Achilles problem.


MATCH OFFICIALS:
Referee: Mark Hayward
Assistants: Daniel Cook and Wes Linden
Fourth Official: John Magill


HEAD TO HEAD RECORD:(home and away)
Palace winsDrawsHull wins
League111715
FA Cup002
League Cup101
Total121718


TICKETS:
The Holmesdale Road Stand and Croydon Advertiser Family Stand now have a limited number of tickets remaining but tickets do remain in the Main Stand and Arthur Wait Stand. Category B prices apply for this game.

MATCH INFORMATION
Local roadworks around the stadium may mean heavy traffic so we advise you to set out to the stadium earlier than normal. 

The Glaziers will be open from 5.30pm, with the Red and Blue Bar in the Holmesdale Road Stand and all other bars around the stadium opening at 6.30pm.

The club's award winning matchday programme will be on sale around the ground priced at just £3 plus the club shop and box office are open through until kick-off.  


Palace to win: 6/4
Draw: 12/5
Hull to win: 11/5


MATCH COMMENTARY:
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