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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.