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The Palace Preview: Huddersfield Town

30 March 2019

Crystal Palace host a struggling Huddersfield Town at Selhurst Park today looking to bounce back from consecutive defeats in a game that sees them enter as favourites in terms of stats, league position and recent history.

The Eagles have enjoyed a good run against the Terriers of late, winning all three of their most recent clashes in all competitions, not conceding once in the process.

And at the bottom of the table, Huddersfield have suffered this season, losing 17 of their most recent 19 matches with their last win on the road coming in a 2-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers in November last year.

For Palace, then, the fixture is a chance to atone for a recent dip in form after a blistering spell that saw five wins and two draws from eight games notched up until Brighton & Hove Albion and Watford respectively defeated the Eagles.

With five points separating them and the relegation zone, a win today could be significant for Roy Hodgson's men, especially as Brighton are facing Southampton at the same time - the two clubs occupying the spaces directly beneath the Eagles.

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Should the Seagulls and Saints draw and Palace win, the south Londoners will move into a strong league position and overtake Newcastle United before the outcome of their clash with Arsenal is decided on Monday night.

Palace fans, then, will be hoping for the same outcome as that recorded the last time Huddersfield travelled to SE25, with the home side running-out 1-0 winners in the League Cup thanks to a Bakary Sako goal early on.

Most significantly, Huddersfield could be relegated this weekend. If they lose to Palace while Burnley and Southampton win, they will match Derby County's record for the earliest relegation in Premier League history.

Team news

Hodgson has confirmed that Palace have a largely fit squad, with Mamadou Sakho its only definite absentee. Wilfried Zaha and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have both trained this week, though it is not confirmed that they will be available for selection.

Huddersfield seem to be plagued with a whole host of injuries, with Jonathan Hogg, Laurent Depoitre and Juninho Bacuna all in doubt. However, several of their sidelined players are on the cusp of a return.

Jason Puncheon will not be available for selection, having joined Huddersfield on loan from Palace in January.

Tactical overview

Town have been fielding quite compact, narrow lineups in their most recent matches of either 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 and base much of their play on working to close their opponent down with a well organised, determined pressing system that is difficult to break down when operating properly.

Aaron Mooy is the one to watch, with the midfielder standing out amongst the Terriers' squad.

Stat to share

The home side has never scored a goal in top-flight fixtures between Crystal Palace and Huddersfield – all 12 goals have been scored by the away side in seven previous meetings.

Live coverage

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