Hull City will be determined to gain only their third away win of the season when they go to a Crystal Palace side that could move into the top half by taking all three points.
After a superb run of form, Palace conceded early and never got any momentum going against West Bromwich Albion as they fell to a comfortable 2-0 defeat. Key players such as Yannick Bolasie and Jason Puncheon were unable to have any real impact on the game, but the unlike their opponents, the Eagles can rest easily.
If the London side can find their groove once again, Hull’s defence can expect a difficult afternoon as they search for what would be a priceless victory. With such a tough run-in, the visitors are hanging by the narrowest of threads as they lie perilously close to the drop zone.
Just goal difference keeps them above in-form Leicester, and uninspiring performances losses at Swansea City and Southampton leaves their Premier League status in serious doubt. Steve Bruce will be expecting an improved showing from midfielder Tom Huddlestone, whose efforts this season have been underwhelming given his obvious quality.
Bruce will also be demanding that his team play well for the full 90 minutes after being punished for limp spells in recent matches. They are aware of Palace’s threat in such instances, with fellow strugglers Sunderland taken apart on April 12.
There are no injury concerns for Crystal Palace, but strikers Fraizer Campbell and Marouane Chamkh remain sidelined by hamstring injuries.
David Meyler continues to serve a three-match ban for Hull, who are likely to be without Curtis Davies and Gaston Ramirez.
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