Premier League Match Preview: Crystal Palace vs. Hull City

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Updated: January 23, 2014
Crystal Palace

Match Date: 28 January 2004 (local)

Match Venue: Selhurst Park

 

Crystal Palace

Although quite inconsistent, Crystal Palace are frequenting their wins in their past few Premier League matches. A steadfast goal by Jason Puncheon six minutes into second half gave Palace victory over Stoke City 1-0. Manager Tony Pulis was desperate to not concede a top-tier goal to his former club Stoke, and his efforts awarded him just enough. The points scored were sufficient additions to set Palace up for their first league win (six in total) since Boxing Day and they are now two points clear of relegation.

 

The Eagles’ home matches under Tony Pulis have so far been impressive, earning three victories, one draw, and just one defeat in their five most recent tourneys at Selhurst Park. Given this trend, another victory should be bagged in their next battle on the same turf.

 

Hull City

Failing to prevent Ryan Bennett’s late header to touch the net, Hull City were trounced by Norwich on a clean sheet at the Carrow Road 1-0. Hull initially had the best chances to rule the match early on, especially with the solid stunts from new recruit Nikica Jelavic. However, the heavy pressure from their hosts abated their opportunities to convert. In addition, Tom Huddlestone saw red late on for the Tigers after picking up a second yellow card.

 

Steve Bruce’s lads run a second consecutive week without a win. In fact, victory has snubbed them in the majority of their past nine Premier League matches, gaining only one triumph out of that line. They are currently just one spot outside the top half with 23 points under their belt.

 

Sports betting tip: Hull’s perilous run on the road could deter them from winning over Crystal Palace who have been increasingly successful at home. This match will yield a small number of goals, but the lead will nonetheless go to the hosts.

 

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