Preview - Huddersfield vs Crystal Palace 15 September 18

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Match Day 5
Huddersfield Town vs Crystal Palace
Saturday, September 15th, 2018
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: John Smiths Stadium

Huddersfield Town:   
Last five matches form: L L L D D
Average goals per match 17/18: 0.74
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.53
Top Scorer 17/18: Steve Mounié (7)

Crystal Palace:
Last five matches form: W W L L L
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.18
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.45
Top Scorer 17/18: Luka Milivojević (10)

Two sides looking too stop the rot meet at the John Smiths Stadium on Match Day 5 in the Premier League as Roy Hodgson's Crystal Palace side travel to Huddersfield.

Going back to last season Huddersfield are now winless in eight games in the Premier League and even at this early stage they look one of the sides most likely to embroiled in the relegation battle this season. They did however gain a positive result last time out when picking up an unexpected point away at Everton and will be keen to build on that here.

Crystal Palace were many peoples idea of a surprise package this season, but so far they have only really flattered to deceive. Starting well with a win at Fulham and a narrow loss to Liverpool, they have since lost to both Watford and more worryingly Southampton at home. They are a much better side than they showed against the Saints though and will be eager to regain the winning thread here.

It was honours even between the sides last season. Huddersfield stunning Palace with a 3-0 victory at Selhurst Park on the opening day and Palace gaining their revenge with a 2-0 win in this fixture.

The suspended Jonathan Hogg misses out for Huddersfield. Scot Dann, Connor Wickham, Papa Souaré and Christian Benteke don't look like making it for Palace.

We haven't been convinced by either of these sides at the back this season and wouldn't be surprised were there to be a few goals about in a game both sides will view as winnable. Take the visitors by the odd goal in five.

Prediction: Huddersfield Town 2 - 3 Crystal Palace


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots:  11 - 6
Shots on target: 2 - 2
Corner Kicks: 5 - 3
Possession: 60% - 40%

Mathias Jorgensen was booked for the home side in this one, with referee Graham Scott also taking the names of James McArthur and Wilfried Zaha for the visitors.

Huddersfield were the better side overall here, bossing the possession and total shots. They still weren't great though. Only managing two efforts on target in a home game is not a recipe for long term success, and that lack of cutting edge and ability to take their chances looks like being a difficult hurdle for them to overcome as the season progresses. They certainly paid the price here.

For Palace this was a much-needed win. Taking their chance when it came, they then put in a decent away defensive display to keep their hosts at bay.

The only goal of the game came in the 38th minute and what a fine strike it was. There didn't look to be too much danger when Wilfried Zaha picked up the ball on the left flank. Zaha is the big dangerman for Palace whenever he is on the ball though and undoubtedly the sides most potent attacking threat.  Taking two Huddersfield defenders out of the game when cutting quickly inside and powering into the left corner of the eighteen-yard box, he then finished superbly into the far top corner. Wonderful goal.

That kind of individual brilliance can often prove to be the difference maker in tight games such as this and as much as Huddersfield huffed and puffed - they certainly can't be faulted for their effort and application - it is a quality which this side seems to lack.

Palace up to eleventh. Huddersfield still outside the relegation zone, but only just in seventeenth position.

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