Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
August 08, 2017
Huddersfield Town make their Premier League bow at Selhurst Park on Saturday, as they face Frank de Boer’s Crystal Palace. It’s an exciting time for the Yorkshire outfit, with David Wagner’s side looking to defy the odds in the top flight.
The two teams have only met 12 times in the last 22 years. Huddersfield won four of these games, with Crystal Palace recording just a single victory in 2000. The visitors won the last meeting 1-0 four and a half years ago.
Despite the promise of a new style of football, new boss De Boer has only made a few signings so far. Promising Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah looks set to arrive on loan, joining Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Both could make their debut on Saturday, along with young Dutchman Jairo Riedewald, but Yohan Cabaye’s a major doubt with a foot injury.
Huddersfield meanwhile are into double figures when it comes to new signings. Aaron Mooy has made last season’s loan from Manchester City permanent, while Tom Ince is in line for his debut. Expected absentees for the Terriers include Jonathan Hogg, Martin Cranie, Nakhi Wells and Jon Stankovic.
Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Preview and Predictions
Both teams are looking for a positive start to the Premier League season on Saturday. Crystal Palace fans will hope their team doesn’t struggle like they did until towards the end of last season, while Huddersfield need to make their mark on the division.
New Eagles manager De Boer has had a full summer to implement some changes around the club. The most important ones will be seen out on the pitch on Saturday though. Sam Allardyce installed some confidence before his unexpected departure, and Palace need to build on this. They could see an extra injection of cash before the end of the transfer window, if the rumoured investment comes to fruition.
Huddersfield meanwhile secured their place in the big time in the most dramatic of fashions. They needed penalties to see off Reading in the Championship play-off final, capping an incredible rise from the fourth tier of English football in just over ten years. The Terriers are competing in the top tier for the first time since 1972, and are hotly tipped for relegation.
Hosts Palace start this game as favourites in the betting, priced at 4/5. The visitors are available at 21/5, while you can back the draw at 5/2.
Crystal Palace to win both halves at 9/2
Improve your odds on a home win by predicting the Eagles will win both halves.
0-0 draw at 17/2
Eight of the last 13 games between the sides have been a draw, three of them ending goalless. Three more were 1-1, and this is priced at 6/1.