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Preview: Huddersfield Town v Crystal Palace

14 September 2018

Palace head to Yorkshire on Saturday, aiming to get back on track after three straight league losses at statistically their favourite top-flight venue.

The Eagles have won all three of their previous trips to Huddersfield Town in the top division without conceding, including March's 2-0 success thanks to goals from Luka Milivojevic and James Tomkins, which represents their best 100% away record against any other team they have faced in either the First Division or Premier League.

Roy Hodgson will be hoping to celebrate his first year in charge by replicating last term's success at the John Smith's Stadium, a venue the Terriers have failed to score at in their last four outings, and clinch Palace's third straight win over Huddersfield for the first time.

Terriers looking for first three-point haul

Huddersfield Town

Town went into the international break just above the drop-zone having claimed two points from their opening four league fixtures, and doubled their tally for the campaign by drawing 1-1 against Everton in their last outing when Philip Billing's goal was quickly cancelled out by Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

David Wagner's team were handed a tough start as they were beaten 3-0 by Chelsea before being thumped 6-1 by Manchester City, but they got their first point on the board via a goalless draw against Cardiff City, but they have now gone eight league games without a win stretching back to last season.

Meanwhile, they exited the Carabao Cup at the hands of Stoke City, with the Potters winning 2-0 at the bet365 Stadium after the Terriers made 10 changes, meaning they are still winless this campaign.

View from the opposition

David Wagner

David Wagner: “It’s important for every team to get a first win as soon as possible. We’ve tried it four times so far and we haven’t got it and now we have another opportunity at home, in front of our supporters, to make it happen; this is our aim.

“Even if we know it’s a difficult task again in front of us, we are all aware of the quality Palace has and we know we have to be on our best.

"We are well prepared, we had two good weeks. All the internationals came back healthy from their duties."

Team news

Huddersfield: Jonathan Hogg is suspended for this game after being red-carded for headbutting Harry Arter during the draw against Cardiff City last month.

Wagner will be hoping that summer signings Ben Hamer and Ramadam Sobhi overcome knee knocks to feature against the Eagles, while Collin Quaner and Bacuna picked up slight injuries in a development team game in midweek and will be assessed along with Adama Diakhaby.

Palace: Hodgson confirmed that Christian Benteke will miss this game with the knee injury that forced him out of Belgium's matches during the international break.

Both Wilfried Zaha and James Tomkins trained on Thursday as they attempt to be fit for the weekend, having struggled with groin and calf injuries respectively, while Scott Dann is also getting involved in sessions again but is still lacking match fitness.

Matchday officials

Graham Scott

Graham Scott will be the man in the middle for this game, which will be his third Premer League appointment of the season. It will be the first time that he has taken charge of a Palace game since December 2012 when coincidently he oversaw their 1-1 draw with Huddersfield and sent off Damien Delaney and Anthony Gerrard.

His only other matches in charge of the Eagles came in February 2010 in a 1-0 loss against Swansea City, and September 2011 when Middlesbrough were beaten in the League Cup.

Referee: Graham Scott
Assistants: Simon Long and Neil Davies
Fourth official: Lee Mason

Matchday stats

Huddersfield 0-2 Palace

Since a run of eight unbeaten matches against Palace (W3 D5), Huddersfield have won just two of their last seven games in all competitions against the Eagles (D2 L3).

They have lost their last two matches in all competitions against Palace – they have never lost three consecutive games against the Eagles.

Huddersfield have failed to win any of their last eight Premier League matches (D4 L4); they’ve never gone nine games without winning in the competition.

The Terriers last went five home league games without finding the net during a six-match streak ending in March 1972.

David Wagner has the worst goals per game record of any manager in the Premier League to have taken charge of 30+ games (0.71 goals per game).

The Eagles have only won back-to-back away games in the Premier League against a single opponent six times before, doing so against QPR, Everton, West Ham, Stoke City, Chelsea and Liverpool.

Wagner has lost nine of his 11 Premier League meetings with sides from London, with his sole victory coming in the opening day victory at Selhurst Park last season.

Head-to-head

  Huddersfield wins Draws Palace wins
League 11 17 12
FA Cup 0 0 1
League Cup 1 0 1
Total 12 17 14

 

Tickets and travel

John Smith's Stadium

A limited amount of tickets in the away end are still available to purchase - details.

Coach travel will be available for this match, departing Selhurst Park at 7.30am and is priced at £28 per seat.

Live coverage

If you can’t make it to the John Smith's Stadium, then you can listen to the game live on our new Palace Audio service. Fans can buy a Season Pass for £39.99, a Monthly Pass (which auto-renews) at £4.49, or a 24-Hour Pass for a single matchday for £1.49.

If you live outside the UK, find out if the game is being screened live in your country.

There will also be updates on our official Twitter account and on the official Palace app, and highlights available on Palace TV from midnight on Monday morning.


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