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[25th-Apr-15] Match Preview: Crystal Palace - Hull City

Jordon Mutch and Chung-yong Lee are back from injury but Fraizer Campbell and Marouane Chamakh are out injured still. Hull's Nikica Jelavic, Curtis Davies, and Andrew Robertson are out but Mo Diame is fit although no expected to be named in the line-up. David Meyler is suspended for the tie for the Tigers while Gaston Ramirez is a game-time decision for Steve Bruce.

Background

Palace are 12 points clear of the relegation zone after their loss to West Brom and former boss Tony Pulis last week. For Hull, the injuries have left their Premier League status in doubt, hovering just above the drop by 1 goal. Top scorer Jelavic remains out and Hull have most of their top wins and performances with him in the side.

Head-To-Head

Hull have not won at Selhurst Park in 11 attempts, with their last win dating back to 1985 and the Tigers have only won 5 of their last 24 games against Palace in all competitions. Hull city have scored just six times in the 10 games striker Jelavic has missed as well as only two away wins all season, meaning only Burnley and Championship side Blackpool have a worse away record than the Tigers in England's top 4 divisions. Hull are also 6 games winless, their last against QPR and have only scored 2 away goals in 2015.
Palace's loss to West Brom was only their 4th in 13 Premier League matches since Pardew took charge but have managed only 1 clean sheet all season. Palace have recovered more points from losing positions than any other side in the Premier League at 18.
Prediction: Palace are the better side and Hull will struggle to score here.
Palace 2-0 Hull
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@GermanBumbleBee They need scoring mostly, Jelavic has been injured too much.
Think Hull might just survive but they'd need help next season.
Hugh win for Hull.
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