By Kane Styles
It’s a crucial clash at the John Smiths Stadium this weekend. Huddersfield Town have the chance to move seven points clear of the relegation-zone if they can overcome 18th placed Crystal Palace.
The hosts enter the game with the aim of stretching their unbeaten run to four league matches. This would be Huddersfield’s best run of results since going five without defeat in December. The same cannot be said about the visitors however, Roy Hodgson’s men are without a win in seven games, and have lost their last four on the bounce.
In the reverse fixture, which was The Terriers’ first ever Premier-League game, Town came out on top winning 3-1. Palace will be desperate to get a result and if results don’t go their way on the weekend, they could find themselves second-bottom and four appoints adrift of safety.
The Eagles will be without the presence of key trio; Wilfried Zaha, captain Scott Dann and loanee Rueben Loftus-Cheek with all three being absent through injury.
The Terriers have one fresh injury going into the game; midfielder Danny Williams is set to miss the rest of the season due to a fibula fracture. Both Jonathan Hogg and defender Matthias Jorgensen are both one yellow-card away from picking up one match suspensions and if booked the pair will miss the trip to Newcastle next weekend.
Huddersfield Examiner Journalist, Blake Welton, believes that the pressure is on Crystal Palace this weekend, with The Terriers sat three places above the Londoners in the league: “I don’t think it’s a must win game – it’s more of a must not lose game. The position that Palace are in means they must go for it more than Town.”
Blake went on to say: “Being at home in front of the John Smiths crowd, some will be expecting three points – a draw would be a credible result and would be fine for Town. It’s all about building momentum.”
Crystal Palace have maintained their Premier-League place since winning promotion five years ago. After Sam Allardyce dramatically saved Palace from the drop last season, Roy Hodgson is now the man tasked with replicating what Allardyce achieved last term.
With just eight Premier-League left to play, a win for Town would leave them on the cusp of guaranteeing survival, in what has been a landmark campaign for Yorkshire’s only Premier-League club.