Alan Pardew has driven his Crystal Palace side up the table since taking over the reins at Selhurst Park in December and they find themselves with the luxury of not being stuck in a relegation battle come the business end of the season. The same cannot be said of Hull unfortunately as Steve Bruce’s side are only outside of the relegation places on goal difference.
Hull have not won a game in 6 with 5 of those being defeats and Bruce has a real job on his hands trying to reverse the form guide against one of the Premiership’s in form sides. Hull have hit a poor run of form at the wrong time of the season and the only team performing worse than them currently is Newcastle.
Hull are without key men for the trip to Palace as David Meyler is still suspended plus club captain Curtis Davies and top goalscorer Nickica Jelavic are still injured. Mo Diame made his long awaited return last week but Bruce has suggested he has not come through as well as he liked and will not be considered for a starting berth this week. Gaston Ramirez also misses out.
Pardew could select the same team that was defeated by West Brom but may be tempted to shake things up after their first hiccup since him taking over. They do still have few notable absentees for Saturday’s game with strikers Fraizer Campbell and Marouane Chamakh injured as well as Mutch, Lee and Thomas.
Pardew’s Palace were brought back to some sort of reality last week with the 2-0 home loss against West Brom but have still won 4 games out of the last 5 to produce an inspired surge up the table. Palace have been steady at home this season but fans and pundits alike have all been in awe of their away form as they have only lost once away from Selhurst Park this season .
This has been largely due to their counter attacking style of play that they have been allowed to play with Zaha and Bolasie on the wings and a target man through the middle in Glenn Murray. They have struggled to cope with pressure of being the home team and having to be the dominant team in terms of possession but with the atmosphere that their fans create they should be aiming to turn Selhurst Park into a fortress and one of the most difficult places to come in the Premier League.
Palace will bounce back this afternoon after last week’s minor setback as Hull’s injury problems and lack of goals will prove too difficult to overcome and sink them further into the relegation places.