Crystal Palace will be looking to bounce back from Saturday’s FA Cup exit at the hands of Wigan Athletic when they entertain Hull City under the Selhurst Park floodlights.
Tony Pulis has lost just one of his five home matches as Palace boss since taking charge at the end of November, while Hull make the journey to SE25 having won just once away from home in the Premier League this season.
Steve Bruce’s side have struggled for goals of late, but Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long have been drafted in during January to boost his striking options. Long is expected to make his Tigers debut on Tuesday having been cup tied for his new club’s the FA Cup fourth round clash at Southend United at the weekend.
Palace have a good record though against Hull, losing just one of the last 15 league meetings between the two sides – and Hull have returned to Humberside winless from their last 10 visits to SE25.
When they met at the KC Stadium in November, Steve Bruce’s men held a 10-point advantage over Palace. But a win for the Eagles on Tuesday would see them draw level on points with Hull, who have lost their last three league games on the bounce.
Crystal Palace: Pulis has a relatively small number of injury concerns compared to previous weeks. Jonathan Parr has been ruled out though after being stretchered off during the FA Cup tie at Wigan, following a nasty clash with Callum McManaman. The Norwegian international is however on course for a return to the squad for Sunday’s trip to Arsenal.
Midfield duo Kagisho Dikgacoi and Jerome Thomas will both be missing with calf problems, while Jack Hunt (broken ankle) and Glenn Murray (knee) remain a couple of weeks away from action.
Another long-term absentee, Paddy McCarthy, came through a morale-boosting 90 minutes unscathed against Wigan at the weekend, but is not expected to start a second game in four days against Hull.
On loan striker Cameron Jerome is back in Premier League contention having missed out against his parent club Stoke City 10 days ago, while Danny Gabbidon, Joel Ward, Mile Jedinak and Yannick Bolasie are all set to return to the squad after being rested against Wigan.
Hull City: Midfield linchpin Ton Huddlestone returns for Hull having sat out the FA Cup win at Southend through suspension.
Winger Robbie Brady, who featured from the bench in that tie at Roots Hall, is also back in contention following a groin problem.
There is less positive news though on the conditions of James Chester (hamstring), Joe Dudgeon (knee) and Sone Aluko (calf) who are all set to miss out.
Former Palace loanee Paul McShane has returned to full fitness and could replace Chester at the heart of Bruce’s back line, while new signing Shane Long is set for his Hull debut in attack.
Referee: Roger East
Assistants: M Mullarkey and D Bryan
Fourth Official: Phil Dowd
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LAST MEETING AT SELHURST PARK
Promotion-chasing Crystal Palace ran out 4-2 victors over Hull City when they met at Selhurst Park as Championship rivals last season.
On a memorable Tuesday night in SE25, the deadlock was finally broken right on the stroke of half time, when a Glenn Murray shot was handled, giving the hosts a golden opportunity from the penalty spot. Starting his first game in red and blue, Kevin Phillips stepped up and slotted home the penalty, despite keeper David Stockdale getting a hand to it.
Seven minutes into the second half it was 2-0 when Wilfried Zaha broke down the right and cut back for Phillips to tuck home. And less than two minutes later, 39-year-old Phillips completed a landmark hat-trick by curling a deflected shot past Stockdale into the far corner.
Hull pulled a goal back through Jay Simpson on 73 minutes, but Zaha put the result beyond doubt just moments later by making it 4-1.
There was still time for Hull to reduce their arrears to two goals once again, as David Meyler headed home Robbie Brady’s cross for 4-2, but that’s the way it stayed as Palace moved to within two points of the automatic promotion places in the Championship.
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