John Smith’s Stadium - Premier League
Both Huddersfield Town and Crystal Palace come into this game desperate for a win, but can either of them get it on Saturday afternoon? The Terriers have yet to taste victory this season, while the Eagles’ wings have been clipped after a great start.
Huddersfield beat Palace 3-0 on the opening day of last season, the start of a dreadful run which cost Frank de Boer his job. Roy Hodgson took over at Selhurst Park and tamed the Terriers twice over the remainder of the campaign, winning 1-0 in the League Cup and 2-0 in the Premier League.
Jonathan Hogg misses this game for the hosts as he serves the final game of a three-match ban for his hot-headed red card against Cardiff. David Wagner should have Ben Hamer and Ramadan Sobhi available after injury.
The big concern for the visitors is over star man Wilfried Zaha, who missed their last game through injury. Christian Benteke is also a doubt, with Pape Souare, James Tomkins and Connor Wickham all set to miss out too.
Huddersfield Town v Crystal Palace Preview and Predictions
Although Huddersfield haven’t won any of their first four games this season, it’s been a far from disastrous start for the Terriers. Crystal Palace have shown encouraging signs too, although they’ve lost their last three Premier League games since an impressive victory at Fulham in their opening fixture.
Huddersfield’s first two matches were against Chelsea and Manchester City, so few expected them to get anything there. They could only manage a draw at home to Cardiff City, but their point away at Everton was a positive result. Like with the Cardiff game though, this match against Palace is the kind of contest the Terriers need to win if they’re going to extend their stay in the top flight.
The hosts are 9/4 for the victory, while Palace are 31/20. The visitors’ chances could rest squarely on Zaha’s shoulders, and whether their talisman is fit to play. Without him, they failed to pick up a single point last season, and lost 2-0 at home to Southampton just before the break.
If Zaha is okay, Palace have a great chance of winning this game. If he doesn’t play, the draw would become more likely, and that’s available at 11/5.
Draw at half-time at evens
This is a hugely important game for both sides, which could mean we’re in for a cagey encounter in the first half, before things get a little livelier in the second period.
Zaha to score first at 13/2
The Palace forward is the main man for his team, and his presence will be vital in what’s expected to be a low-scoring affair.