Sunday Premier League – Crystal Palace vs Hull City Preview

May 14, 2017 12:00pm – Selhurst Park

Recent Form (League):

Crystal Palace: WDWLL

Hull City: LLWDL

The fight for Premier League survival continues for both teams in Sunday’s lunchtime kick off.

Hull slipped back into the bottom three after a moral-damaging defeat at the hands of already-relegated Sunderland coupled with Swansea’s win over Everton.

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace are looking to avoid a third consecutive defeat which would drag them back into the heart of the relegation fight. With big wins over Arsenal and Liverpool, Palace looked to be heading for safety, but back-to-back defeats against Manchester United and Burnley have dragged Sam Allardyce’s men back into danger.

The Tigers have enjoyed a renaissance under Portuguese coach Marco Silva. Bottom when he took over, they are now within touching distance of safety. That said, the aforementioned home defeat to Sunderland could have a huge impact mentally. Especially when you consider that under Silva the Yorkshire club have secured 90% of their points at the KCOM Stadium, with just one away win all season.

No such home comforts for the Londoners, as they sit second from bottom in the Premier League home form table. Only 20 out of a possible 54 points have been won in front of their home fans, but they go into this knowing just a point will guarantee top flight football for next season.

One side struggling with home form, the other struggling on the road – this raises the potential for a fascinating match up. With the Tigers knowing they need to win both their last two games to survive and Palace needing just a point, it could be a classic case of defence versus attack.

The head-to-head statistics point towards a draw, with 47.1% of their previous meetings ending in parity, including the goal fest that was the 3-3 earlier in the season. However, the hosts carry the bigger goal threat with striker Christian Benteke having scored twice as many as Hull’s top scorer Robert Snodgrass.

Prediction: Palace will secure Premier League status with a win to nil with a solitary goal likely deciding the outcome.

You can back Crystal Palace to win 1-0 at 7/1 with Betfair.

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