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Preview: Huddersfield Town vs Crystal Palace

17 March 2018

Palace look to end a four-game losing streak at Huddersfield Town on Saturday as two of the bottom six go head-to-head at a crucial point in the season.

The Eagles make their first trip to the John Smith's Stadium since January 2013, but it is a ground they don't have particularly fond memories of having lost four of their last six matches at the venue, including a 7-1 defeat in August 1999.

Despite not winning away at Huddersfield since 2000, Roy Hodgson's team can look back at September's League Cup victory against the Terriers with some fondness, which was the Eagles boss' first victory in charge of the club and helping Palace move on from their 3-0 defeat on the opening day of the campaign.

Goal-shy Terriers edging closer to safety

Huddersfield Town

David Wagner's team have won just two of their last 12 games in the Premier League (D4 L6), keeping just two clean sheets during that run, however back-to-back successes against Bournemouth and West Bromwich Albion last month has seen them pull themselves out of the bottom three at just the right time.

However, goals have proven to be a problem for the Terriers this term. Only 25 have been mustered from their 30 league games, and they have failed to score in seven of their last 10 games in the Premier League, including their last two which brought about defeat at home to Tottenham Hotspur before last weekend's goalless draw with Swansea City.

The lack of goals has meant that only rock-bottom West Brom have earned fewer points in 2018 than Huddersfield's seven, but Wagner will be eyeing a good haul from their next four matches which sees games against Palace, Newcastle United, Brighton and Watford.

View From The Opposition

David Wagner

David Wagner: “We have to make the John Smith’s Stadium a special one. Now we have to create a performance and an atmosphere that we’ve never seen before. 

“We are focused on the chance to collect three points. it’s Terriers against a team with individual quality.

“We have seen it is possible to beat Crystal Palace but it doesn’t matter tomorrow as it’s another game."

Team News

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Roy Hodgson has been boosted by the return to training of Ruben Loftus-Cheek this week, and the Chelsea loanee could return to the squad for the trip to Yorkshire.

Yohan Cabaye, Wilfried Zaha and Mamadou Sakho have also trained this week, as has Julian Speroni, while Connor Wickham played 20 minutes fo the under-23s in midweek as he recovers from his knee injury.

Scott Dann, Bakary Sako, Joel Ward and Jason Puncheon are Palace's other casualties.

Huddersfield also have a number of long-term injury concerns, with Terrance Kongolo, Sean Scannell and Jon Stankovic all likely to miss out on this game, while Michael Hefele is definitely absent with a knee injury.

However, DR Congo international Elias Kachunga is back in training after being out of action since December, and is eyeing a return to action against the Eagles.

Matchday Officials

Mike Dean

Mike Dean takes charge of his third Palace game of the season, having overseen the 4-0 defeat to Manchester United in September and the 2-1 win over Stoke City in November. The Eagles have won six and drawn 10 of the 22 games the Wirrall-based whistler has officiated.

Referee: Mike Dean
Assistant Refs: Eddie Smart and Mark Scholes
Fourth Official: Lee Probert

Matchday Stats

Andros Townsend

Huddersfield have never done the league double over Palace in any of the 19 previous campaigns in which they’ve met.

The Terriers have failed to score in a league-high 16 different Premier League games this season.

Just 32% of players to have played for Town in the Premier League this season have scored, the lowest ratio in the division (8/25).

Huddersfield are looking to record consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League for the first time since August 2017, when they kept three in their first three games in the competition.

Patrick van Aanholt has scored in each of his last two games - he’s never previously scored in three in a row in English football.

Following their League Cup victory, Palace are looking to record consecutive wins over Huddersfield in all competitions for the first time since January 1990.

Aaron Mooy is the only Huddersfield player to have scored more than once (4) and assisted more than once (3) in the league this season.

Andros Townsend has been directly involved in seven goals this term (two goals and five assists in 28 appearances), matching his tally for goal involvement from last season in eight fewer appearances.

The Terriers have netted just one goal from outside the box in the Premier League this season; the fewest of any side.


  Huddersfield wins Draws Palace wins
League 11 17 11
FA Cup 1 0 1
League Cup 0 0 1
Total 12 17 13

Matchday Information 

John Smith's Stadium

Tickets for Palace fans have sold out.

Coach travel will depart from Selhurst Park at 7.30am, costing £27 - book now

For information about the ground and travel directions, see our Away Travel Guide.

Live Coverage

If you can’t make it to the John Smith's Stadium, there will be live commentary on Palace Player, for which a 24-hour pass can be purchased if you aren't an annual subscriber.

There will also be updates on Twitter, and highlights available on Palace TV from midnight on Sunday morning. 

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