Bottom side Huddersfield will travel to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace on Saturday in the Premier League.
Palace are all but secure of Premier League survival, but they still have to tie up the loose ends. Roy Hodgson’s side is 14th in the table, and they are five points clear of danger. Their last Premier League game was a 2-1 defeat to rivals Brighton, and they will want to get back to winning ways on Saturday.Embed from Getty Images
The Eagles crashed out of the FA Cup when they lost to Watford two weeks ago, which means that their focus is solely the Premier League. They have the quality in the squad to maintain their Premier League status, but Hodgson will want to complacency until they are certain of safety.
Huddersfield are doomed to go down, and even the most optimistic fan won’t think otherwise. The Terriers are last in the table, a whopping 16 points from safety. With just 9 games left to play, that gap is a huge one to overcome. They have won just three games this season, which resulted in David Wagner being relieved of his coaching duties. Jan Siewert is the new boss, and he will hope to excel in the Championship next season.Embed from Getty Images
Palace are likely to be without their best player, as Wilfried Zaha is out with a hamstring injury. The Ivory Coast international did not feature for his country in the international break due to injury. Youngster Aaron Wan-Bissaka is also a doubt after he pulled out of the England Under-21 squad. Centre-back Mamadou Sakho is out as well, and Scott Dann should deputise in his absence.
Huddersfield have a host of injuries to deal with. Jonathan Hogg and Christopher Schindler are some key absentees who will definitely miss the game. The likes of Juninho Bacuna, Karlan Grant, and Isaac Mbenza are also doubts. Grant scored a brace last time as his side lost 4-3 against West Ham.
That loss was a hard one to swallow for Siewert, as they let a lead slip to lose the game. “I can’t describe my feelings right now. Look at my face,” he said after the game. “I am so proud of the performance. There are reasons we are bottom of the table but we kept fighting, and you saw that.”
Surprisingly, Palace’s home form has been bad this season. They have won just three league games at Selhurst Park, and only Huddersfield have won less home games. Their home defence has been good though, and Manchester United have conceded more home goals than Palace.
Crystal Palace vs Huddersfield Preview and Prediction
The game should be a close one, as Hodgson likes to keep it tight at the back. Even though they scored three against West Ham, Huddersfield’s attack has been lackluster this season. They have scored just 18 goals all season, which is a terrible number. Palace should be able to keep them at bay, with a clean sheet looking likely. Goals will be scarce in the game, with the total goals under 2.5.
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