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Hull City V Crystal Palace: A Statistical Preview

All statistics are provided by the EA Sports Player Performance Index and not by the writers of HLTCO

A spirited showing from Hull against Manchester City last weekend was not enough to prevent their slow start to the season as they fell to a 2-4 defeat at the KC Stadium.

As it was last season, Tom Huddlestone has been the crucial lynchpin in the Hull engine room so far this term. The imposing midfielder has completed 102 passes in the opponent’s half so far this term, with a success rate of 70.3%. This marks the highest total in the Hull squad and makes him as the only Hull player to have moved into triple figures in this category so far this season.

Hull clearly have a live wire up front in the shape of Abel Hernandez following a number of energetic showing at the beginning of this season. He turned in another eye-catching performance against reigning Premier League champions Manchester City last weekend, recording the highest speed of any player on the pitch with 33.1 km/h according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. It’s easy to see why Hernandez is an industry best 9/5 to score at any time this weekend with 888sport.

Ahmed Elmohamady has been putting it plenty of work down the flanks for Hull this season, picking up where he left off last term. Not only has he completed more dribbles than any other Hull player (7), he’s also compiled a squad-high 34 crosses meaning there is plenty of service coming the way of Hull’s strikeforce courtesy of the Egyptian international.

Crystal Palace gained their first home win of the season as they emerged as 2-0 winners against Leicester at Selhurst Park on Saturday. Frazier Campbell displayed all the finishing ability he has been known for throughout his career to notch up the Eagles’ first, followed by a header from their in-form captain Mile Jedinak.

Jedinak has once again been the driving force behind Palace this season, leading from the front as all exceptional captains do. The Australian midfielder has completed more passes in the opponent’s half than any other Palace player with 78, and has also racked up 75 defensive contributions (interceptions, clearances, block, tackles won) according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, making him the highest rated midfielder in the league in this category this season.

Yannick Bolasie has been in good form of late and the Hull defence will have to be alive to the threat he poses to their goal this weekend. He achieved the second highest recorded speed of any player on the pitch against Leicester (33.5km/h) and will be looking to test out the Hull defence with his pace on Saturday.

Expect to also see Jason Puncheon at the centre of Crystal Palace’s attacking efforts this weekend, the midfielder having been central to their play so far. He has more dribbles (12) and more assists (3) to his name than any other Palace player this term so expect so see him heavily involved should he feature against Hull. Puncheon if 23/5 with 888sport to get on the score sheet himself this weekend.

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Tottenham’s Michael Dawson On Palace’s Radar As Hull Talks Stall

TalkSPORT are today reporting that both Crystal Palace and West Ham could renew their interest in Tottenham defender Michael Dawson over the coming days, after talks between the centre-back and Hull City broke down.

The news comes following quotes given to the radio station by Hull manager Steve Bruce, who, after initially showing real desire to sign Dawson, has admitted that the two parties are nowhere near reaching any sort of agreement.

The Hull boss said:

As far as Michael is concerned, it’s stalemate and at the moment we are as far away as we can be from doing a deal.

With Palace still actively in the market for Cardiff defender Steven Caulker, despite well publicised interest from QPR, there is the possibility that a move for Dawson could be the last thing on Tony Pulis’ mind, but should the negotiations with Caulker continue to drag on, there’s no reason to suggest that we wouldn’t consider a move for the Spurs man instead.

At 30, the England defender has racked up an impressive 396 professional appearances in a 13 year career, but with the new Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino seemingly nonplussed over whether or not the long-term Tottenham captain remains at White Hart Lane, you would assume that Dawson would jump at the chance of regular Premier League starts elsewhere.

Would you like to see Palace move for Dawson, or do you feel Caulker represents a better option?

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