Hull City vs Crystal Palace by Luke
Hull City had all the chances to walk away with something last weekend away to Middlesbrough, but the team failed to show some positive things during the match and stood defeated narrowly with a 1:0 result. No doubt that the visitors were better and deserved their victory with only goal being scored back in 60th minute with a goal from Ramirez.
On the other side, players of Hull failed to respond and had very little of chances created, not being able to move the ball well in order to threaten further so they can level up the result. After this defeat, Hull remained in the relegation zone, having currently eleven points which is two points more than rock bottom placed Swansea and just a point less than safely placed West Ham, meaning that they are desperate to win here.
Hull is set to play in 4-4-1-1 formation with Diomande as their number nine, plus Henriksen as central offensive midfielder behind his back. Home team continues to miss goalkeeper Allan McGregor, right back Moses Odubajo, central defenders Alex Bruce and Brian Lenihan and forward Greg Luer all being sidelined from the start of the season. Striker Dieumerci Mbokani (5/0) is suspended for this one, while injured also remain forwards Abel Hernandez (10/1) and Will Keane (5/0). Doubtful for today's game is offensive midfielder Shaun Maloney (5/1).
Crystal Palace managed to break a run of six defeats in a row, as the team comes from a 3:0 victory at home over Southampton last weekend. However, it needs to be said that the game was more or less quite a balanced one and players of Southampton probably didn't deserve to lose with a three goals margin.
Hosts took the double lead before the halftime, thanks to goals from Benteke in 33rd and Tomkins in 36th minute, while Benteke added the third goal five minutes before the full time whistle. Saints did try to respond and had some chances, but the home victory wasn't questionable at any moment of the match. Palace is now at fourteenth position with fourteen points, three more than relegating placed sides and need to continue with positive performances.
Players of Crystal Palace should be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Benteke as striker, plus Townsend, Puncheon and Zaha as offensive midfielders. Yohan Cabaye returns from suspension and should be included into this one, however their boss might name an unchanged starting lineup here after a good performance. They continue to miss injured goalkeeper Steve Mandanda (9/0), left back Pape Souare (3/0) and offensive players Connor Wickham (8/2) and Jonathan Benteke (1/0).
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Crystal Palace's last 6 games (Premier League).
Hull are now undefeated in back to back home matches and the team will be fired up to continue with positive performances and get a victory here. Crystal Palace ended a six matches run without a victory with impressive performance last time out against Southampton and should be quite offensive here as well. I expect the game itself to be way more open than what the bookmakers currently suggest.