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Preview: Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Town

19 September 2017

After seeing off Ipswich Town in the last round, Palace take on Huddersfield Town in the Carabao Cup this evening, looking to gain revenge on the Terriers for their opening day victory in SE25 last month.

Roy Hodgson will be looking to progress in the competition while also seeing some more members of his new Eagles squad in action, having completed just a week as Palace boss. 

He is expected to hand game time to deadline day arrival Mamadou Sakho as well as Pape Souare, who has been out for a year following a car accident that gave him a broken leg and jaw.

Terriers flying after great start

It was only 39 days ago that a brace from Steve Mounier followed a Joel Ward own goal to hand David Wagner’s side a first ever victory in the Premier League at the Eagles’ expense, and then they followed that up with a 1-0 success against Newcastle United thanks to Aaron Mooy’s curling effort at a rocking John Smith’s Stadium.

The fantastic start continued as they saw off Rotherham United to set up tonight’s encounter, before claiming another point by holding Southampton to a goalless draw. However, Wagner would finally taste top-flight defeat against West Ham United last week, but bounced back by winning a point against Leicester City on Saturday to take his team's tally to eight from five games, leaving them sixth in the division.

View from the opposition

David Wagner: “We all love cup competitions and our aim is to be successful in them. You only have one chance and one game and we will pick the most competitive and strongest team to be successful.

“We will not just pick players to give them minutes in their legs – we want to play the game and be in the next round of the cup.”

Team news

As well as the returns of long-term casualties Sakho and Souare, James Tomkins could feature after being named on the bench against Southampton on the weekend after his groin injury, and Bakary Sako has also now recovered from injury and could feature as Hodgson continues to evaluate his squad.

Wilfried Zaha and Connor Wickham remain out with knee injuries.

Jonathan Hogg could return for Town after being named on the bench last weekend, but strikers Collin Quaner and Mounie are out with calf and heel injuries repectively. Also out are Martin Cranie (hip), Jon Gorenc Stanković (knee) and Kasey Palmer (hamstring).

Matchday officials

It's a first visit to Selhurst Park in over four years for Lee Probert, who takes charge in SE25 for the first time since Palace beat Sunderland 3-1 in August 2013. The last Eagles game he oversaw was the 1-0 defeat at Newcastle United later that season, with Palace winning six of the 11 matches he has officiated.

Referee: Lee Probert
Assistants: Andrew Garratt and Mark Scholes
Fourth Official: Paul Tierney

Pre-match stats

Huddersfield became only the second promoted side to keep a clean sheet in each of their three opening games of a Premier League season since Charlton Athletic in 1998.

Huddersfield have won just two of their past seven away league games (D1 L4) – however Steve Mounier’s two goals against Palace helped claim one of those last month.

Laurent Depoitre scored his first Premier League goal with only his second shot on target in the division on Saturday against Leicester City.


  Palace wins Draws Huddersfield wins
League 11 17 11
FA Cup 1 0 1
League Cup 0 0 0
Total 12 17 12

Ticket Information

Tickets are on general sale, priced at £20 for adults and £10 for concessions, with under-12s going free with each paying adult.

The lower tier will be the only section open in the Holmesdale Road Stand.

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Live coverage

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

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