Crystal Palace host Huddersfield this weekend in a game that means much more to the visitors despite the Eagles having lost their last two – league and FA Cup quarter-final clashes with Brighton and Watford, respectively – as Jan Siewert’s side will be mathematically relegated if they suffer defeat and Southampton and Burnley both win.
Besides the importance of getting three points to propel them further up the table, the game represents Palace with the opportunity to repeat their feat of the last two seasons.
The Terriers have had a dismal season and amassed just 14 points, scoring 18 goals. Dropping down to the Championship looks certain but could become a reality if they lose at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
Fortunately for them, Palace’s home form isn’t great – they would be in the bottom three if not for their away results, which include a 3-2 victory at the Etihad Stadium – so there remains hope for the Yorkshire outfit.
Palace, though, have a recent history of relegating teams and will give the game their all in pursuit of three points. So will they repeat the feat achieved in the last two seasons this weekend?
The SE25 outfit secured Premier League survival in 2016/17 with an emphatic 4-0 win over Hull, a result which relegated the Tigers and then, the following season, they took three points from Stoke and thus ended the Potters’ 10-year stay in the top flight. Will they do it again this campaign at the expense of Huddersfield?
Recent results suggest they can – the Eagles have won the last three meetings in all competitions without conceding – although they will be haunted by their 3-0 opening day defeat of the 2017/18 campaign.
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The Terriers have lost their last three but were unlucky not to come away from West Ham with a result and in Karlan Grant, they look to have a real threat on the counter – something Palace struggle to defend against. Will Roy Hodgson’s side get the job done this weekend? Let us know in the comments below…