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Preview: Hull City v Crystal Palace

9 December 2016


INTRO
Having finally ended their long wait for a league victory last weekend against Southampton, Palace travel to Humberside to take on 19th-placed Hull who have won just once in their last 12 league games.

Mike Phelan achieved his first three-pointer as permanent Tigers boss also against the Saints at the start of November, but his only taste of success since then has been in the EFL Cup with his team reaching the semi-finals by beating Newcastle United on penalties last week.

Last weekend saw them fall to a single goal defeat at Middlesbrough, and finding the back of the net has been a problem for Hull who have only registered 11 times in their 14 Premier League outings.

The game will be Alan Pardew's 300th Premier League match as a manager, making him the fifth English boss to reach the milestone after Harry Redknapp, Sam Allardyce, Steve Bruce and Alan Curbishley.


OPPOSITION VIEW


Mike Phelan: "We know where we are. We know that we’re in for a battle every single week in this league and Saturday will be no different.

"We’re well aware of Crystal Palace’s strengths, but we’re also aware of our own strengths - and weaknesses - as well.

"We’ve picked up points at home of late, and hopefully we can continue to do so this weekend."


TEAM NEWS

Hull City: Phelan has been dealt a blow with the news that Abel Hernandez is set to be out for the next few weeks with a hernia injury, further depleting his attacking options with Dieumerci Mbokani suspended and Will Keane out long-term with a knee injury.

Shaun Maloney is struggling with a back problem and Alex Bruce is definitely out with an achilles injury which has seen him miss the whole of the campaign so far.

Palace: Alan Pardew has confirmed that Steve Mandanda will be out for up to six weeks following a knee operation, but Loic Remy could be back in two to three weeks.

Yohan Cabaye returns from suspension but Jason Pucnheon is just one booking away from a one-match ban, while Pape Souare and Jonathan Benteke remain out.


HEAD TO HEAD
Hull winsDrawsPalace wins
League171714
FA Cup200
League Cup101
Total201715


STATS
Palace have failed to score more than once in each of their last seven visits to Hull in the league.

The Tigers haven't won three successive league games against Palace since 1985 (five consecutive victories).

Christian Benteke has been involved in an average of 17 aerial duels per game this season in the Premier League; more than any other player.

Benteke has the same tally of goals in his last 12 Premier League appearances as Hull City have scored in their last 12 Premier League games (7).

Jason Puncheon has created 15 goalscoring chances for Benteke in the Premier League this season; more than any other player for a single teammate.

The Tigers have allowed their opponents a league-high 26 shots on goal following set-pieces this season in the Premier League.


OFFICIALS

Craig Pawson officiates Palace for the third time already this season, having overseen the opening day defeat against West Bromwich Albion and the 4-1 win against Stoke City in September. 

Referee: Craig Pawson
Assistants: S Long, A Holmes
Fourth official: S Attwell



LAST MEETING AT THE KCOM STADIUM

4th October 2014
Hull City 2-0 Crystal Palace
Premier League

Hull picked up three points for the first time since the opening day of the season with a hard-fought win over Crystal Palace.

Tigers' midfielder Mohamed Diame powered a header past Julian Speroni on the hour-mark to break the deadlock.

Nikica Jelavic's fourth goal of the season late on secured a much-needed 2-0 victory for Steve Bruce's side.


TICKETS
Tickets are on general sale with up to four being available to purchase per person.

Tickets are on general sale and priced at:

Adults - £30
Seniors (65+) - £24
Under 18’s - £24

Tickets can be bought from the box office online here.


TRAVEL
Coach travel is free of charge for all paid members and season ticket holders who have booked a ticket for this match.

The coaches will depart Selhurst Park at 7.30am.

For more information on how to get to the KCOM Stadium, read our Away Day Guide here.

For more information on the ground itself, please click here.


LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary of the whole game at the KCOM Stadium will be available on Palace Player. Click HERE to log in or sign up. 

There will also be constant updates throughout the day at @CPFC on Twitter, or you can get in-game stats and live coverage on our new official app - click here for more information.

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