Crystal Palace host Huddersfield this weekend in their first outing at Selhurst Park since the shattering 2-1 loss to Brighton on 9th March and, having picked themselves up during international break, will be hoping to get back to winning ways against the Terriers.
Jan Siewert’s side will be mathematically relegated if they suffer defeat this weekend, while Roy Hodgson’s red and blue army will move one big step closer to survival. Another round of Premier League fixtures means another round of predictions from BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson, who believes there is ‘no chance’ of history repeating itself at SE25 this weekend:
“Huddersfield gave it a good go at West Ham last time out but they still lost after being 3-1 up with 15 minutes to go, which kind of sums up why they are so far adrift at the bottom of the table.
“This fixture was Huddersfield’s first game in the Premier League in August 2017, when they won 3-0 at Selhurst Park, but there is no chance of a repeat result this time around.”
The mention of Frank de Boer’s abysmal first competitive game in charge surely sends shivers down the spines of the Palace faithful, who turned up to Selhurst Park on opening day, only to be thumped by a newly-promoted Terriers side. Unfortunately for the Yorkshire outfit, it has been pretty much downhill since that euphoria one-and-a-half years ago.
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Palace might have had a disappointing couple of weeks but Huddersfield inexplicably let their lead at the London Stadium go last time out and so it looks unlikely that they will be able to clip the Eagles’ wings once again. The 2-0 that Lawrenson predicts indicates a pretty straight-forward 90 minutes for the south London outfit – a far cry from that August 2017 nightmare.