Posted on | March 16, 2012 | No Comments
Out of both of these sides it would be fair to say that just one of them has anything to play for, with visitors Hull looking to cling onto their playoff position of 6th. Crystal Palace on the other hand will simply be looking to finish the season strongly, with the Eagles sat in a comfortable 12th place.
Considering the fact that Crystal Palace have battled against relegation through recent years, it is a remarkable achievement to see the Eagles complete this campaign without any relegation woes whatsoever. Dougie Freedman appears to have completely turned the Selhurst Park outfit around and he’ll be hoping that they can do themselves justice and get into the top half of the table in their remaining eleven games. On current form, it appears very likely that the club could see their position improve over the next few months. Palace are currently on an unbeaten run of eight games, while they approach this game having won their last two games at Selhurst Park and not lost in their previous five at home.
Hull on the other hand have absolutely everything left to play for, with the Tigers clinging on to that final playoff position by the skin of their teeth. With Nick Barmby’s side currently on a points tally of fifty seven, it is just goal difference which is keeping them up in the playoff positions at the moment. There’s no doubt that the KC Stadium outfit will approach this fixture full of confidence though, having brushed past Cardiff in the simplest of fashions following a 3-0 victory at the Cardiff City Stadium during the week. That victory put a halt to an incredible drawing run of five games, although Barmby’s side do possess the positive statistic of failing to lose in their last ten Championship outings.
As for team news, Crystal Palace have several absentees for this clash with the likes of David Wright, Jonathan Williams and Kagisho Dikgacoi on the treatment table while suspension rules out Wilfried Zaha. On a more positive note, Sean Scannell is preparing to return to Dougie Freedman’s squad having recovered from a calf problem. It’s much quieter for the visitors on the other hand, with Nick Barmby just having the one problem as Robbie Brady struggles with a thigh injury. However, with the likes of Aaron McLean and Josh King waiting in the wings, Barmby has plenty of readymade replacements.
In terms of a prediction, this is one of the more difficult fixtures to predict of the weekend with both of these sides in excellent form at the moment. Bearing this in mind, we just cannot separate the two and our prediction will be an extremely tight goalless draw.