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MATCH PREVIEW: CRYSTAL PALACE (A)

7 August 2017

Huddersfield Town will travel to Crystal Palace on Saturday 12 August for its first ever match in the Premier League.

The dramatic Sky Bet Championship Play-Off final penalty shoot-out win means the Terriers will play top flight football for the first time in 45 years.

David Wagner’s men will travel to Selhurst Park for the match that kicks-off at 3pm on the opening weekend of the 2017/18 Premier League season.

THE OPPONENT

Town’s first ever Premier League opponent, Crystal Palace, has been in the top flight of English football since 2013 after achieving promotion through the Championship Play-Offs.

After finishing 11th in the Club’s first season in the top flight of English football, Palace went from strength to strength consolidating itself in the Premier League.

Last season, the Eagles finish 14th with 41 points from 38 games. The introduction of former Terriers defender Sam Allardyce sparked a revival from the London based club, that was hovering around the relegation zone prior to his arrival.

After being appointed, Allardyce led Palace to seven wins in 11 games before securing top flight safety with a 4-0 win over Hull City.

However, at the end of the 2016/17 season the 62 year-old resigned as Crystal Palace Manager and announced his retirement from football management.

This led to the appointment of the Club’s sixth manager following promotion to the top flight, as Frank de Boer (above) agreed a three year deal with the Eagles on Monday 26 June 2017.

During first pre-season in charge, Palace competed in the Premier League Asia Trophy. His side lost 2-0 against Liverpool, before beating West Brom 2-0 in Hong Kong to secure a third placed finish.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has been a key figure for Crystal Palace over the past two campaigns, keeping 15 clean sheets during that time period. He’s made over 125 appearances in the Premier League and was Wales’ number one during Euro 2016.

Crystal Palace’s side is blessed with attacking talent coming from the flanks, especially in the form of Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha. Townsend scored three goals last season and was a threat cutting in from the right hand side. Ivorian winger Zaha (below), was one of the Eagles’ standout players last season, being directly involved in 16 goals – scoring seven.

Striker Christian Benteke scored 15 goals for Palace last season and was the side’s attacking focal point. The powerful striker scored seven of those goals with his head and averaged 0.42 goals per game.

NEW SIGNINGS

Since the arrival of new Manager Frank de Boer, the Eagles have only brought in two new players.

The first to join was Ruben Loftus-Cheek from Chelsea; the 6ft 3’ tall central midfielder joined the Club on loan from Chelsea and appeared for the Champions in the FA Cup three times last season.

Jairo Riedeweld was the second player to join the Club, signing from Ajax for a reported fee of £7.9m.

The 20 year-old defender made his Ajax debut under Frank de Boer in 2013 and was reunited with the Dutchman upon his arrival at Selhurst Park.

Despite only two players coming in, 12 players have left the Club – 11 on free transfers, including experienced midfielder Joe Ledley and Mathieu Flamini.

PALACE'S LAST STARTING XI (3-4-3):

GK: Wayne Hennessey

DC: Jairo Riedewald
DC: Scott Dann
DC: Luka Milivojevic

LM: Patrick van Aanholt
CM: Jason Puncheon (C)
CM: Ruben Loftus-Cheek
RM: Andros Townsend

LW: Jason Lokilo
RW: Wilfried Zaha
S: Christian Benteke

TEAM NEWS - CRYSTAL PALACE

Crystal Palace boss Frank de Boer has almost a full squad to select from, with the exception of defender Pape Souare and striker Connor Wickham who are the Club’s only long-term injuries.

Midfielder Jason Puncheon came off with cramp in Palace’s final pre-season friendly ahead of the Premier League campaign, but it expected to be available.

TEAM NEWS - TOWN

Huddersfield Town will be without the services of Jonathan Hogg and Nahki Wells who are both out with ankle injuries.

Defender Martin Cranie is also unavailable with a hip flexor issue, whilst Jon Gorenc Stanković will be out until Christmas after suffering an ACL injury last season.

TICKET INFORMATION

Away tickets for Town’s match against Crystal Palace are now sold out.

Successful supporters who applied for tickets through the ballot system will be notified by 5pm this evening (Monday 7 August 2017) by the Ticket Office.

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SUPPORTER INFORMATION

Huddersfield Town’s Official Beer, Hat Trick will be available for supporters at Selhurst Park.

Supporters will be able to purchase the beer, brewed by Club Partner Magic Rock Brewery, in Arthur Wait 0 and Arthur Wait 1.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: CRYSTAL PALACE 0-3 TOWN

12 August 2017

The eagerly anticipated opening day of the season was a joyous occasion for Huddersfield Town supporters as a rampant David Wagner side left Selhurst Park with a deserved 3-0 victory.

Steve Mounié's brace along with an own-goal from Crystal Palace's Joel Ward ensured Huddersfield Town's life in the top flight of English football began in a superbly impressive fashion.

David Wagner handed competitive league debuts to Jonas Lössl, Mathias Zanka, Tom Ince and Steve Mounié, whereas Kasey Palmer and Aaron Mooy also took to the field after returning from their own respective clubs during the summer. Tommy Smith retained his usual spot at right-back - his first appearance since being named Club Captain following Mark Hudson's retirement, whereas Chris Löwe was preferred on the opposite full-back side ahead of Scott Malone.

Town's first-ever game in the top-flight saw the men in navy and pink begin with a buoyant spring in their steps, showing exceptional levels of energy to press and hound the home side out of possession every time a pass was received into feet.

The Terriers could've been ahead within the first five minutes; Tommy Smith's deflected cross squirmed its way to an unmarked Tom Ince in the six-yard box. Unfortunately, on this occasion, Tom managed to adjust his feet well, but could only fire straight into the palms of a gracious Wayne Hennessey.

Mathias Zanka and Christopher Schindler were beginning to show glimpses of a defensive duo who had commanded for many a year amongst the elite; Schindler the first to be defensively sound by sliding in to dispossess Christian Benteke at a crucial moment, before Zanka efficiently cleared Wilfried Zaha's dangerous cross from the left.

Zaha himself was being subjected to a substantial amount of fair, physical competition from the lively Terriers; a sign that Town was more than up to the task of hopefully beginning its inaugural Premier League season with maximum points.

Town's first real chance came and went, thanks to a last-ditch clearance from Scott Dann, as Palace's number six diverted away Ince's low cross just a matter of inches from where an on-rushing Steve Mounié could tap into an empty net.

Kasey Palmer explored some space on the edge of the Palace 18-yard box, but the Chelsea loanee found his effort blocked by a resilient Timothy Fosu-Mensah.

An expected onslaught from the host failed to materialise within the first period, and it was indeed 'The Yorkshire Club' who continued to have the better chances; Ince's creative surge into the box resulted in Philip Billing receiving a clearance in familiar shooting territory around 25 yards out, and the Dane gratefully took his chance at a thunderbolt which was powerfully saved by Hennessey between the sticks for the Eagles.

The well deserved opening goal did eventually arrive after a highly positive opening 20 minute spell; Christopher Schindler's innovative flick at the front post from Aaron Mooy's corner found defensive partner Mathias Zanka at the back post. Following the flick, Zanka could only bundle the ball back across the face of goal which a recovering Joel Ward couldn't avoid placing into his own net to give Town a priceless lead.

Things went from strength to strength in South London as the lead was doubled just two minutes after the deadlock had been broken. Aaron Mooy had acres of space on the left hand side and with that the masterful Aussie produced a wonderfully floated cross for Steve Mounié to leap highest and bury his first goal in the Premier League into the top-left corner.

Town fans were already in dreamland; and Frank De Boer's side would have been really up against it if Joel Ward hadn’t recovered superbly well, with a perfectly timed sliding tackle to halt Tom Ince's clear route to goal.

Instead of stemming the tide of HTAFC chances, the home side couldn't get to grips with the set-piece scenarios; Mathias Zanka the next man to beat his marker and head towards goal, but this time the central defender had to watch his effort whistle agonisingly wide of the target.

Chris Löwe had Philip Billing to thank after losing possession on the half-way line, and Town's younger Danish player showed excellent athleticism to avert any potential cross causing havoc in the Town penalty area.

Arguably, Palace's best chance came minutes before the interval. After being loose in possession, the ever-dangerous Wilfried Zaha raced through on goal before unleashing a shot for the far corner, which was superbly tipped round the post by a highly agile Jonas Lössl.

Zaha rounded off proceedings in the first half for the Eagles; after dancing through a couple of Town attempted blocks, Skipper Tommy Smith was the man to vitally stick his body between the ball and the Town goal before the Ivorian international could mount any sort of offensive manoeuvre.

In response to a late flurry of Palace chances to end the first 45 back in the Premier League, Chris Löwe fired a rocket towards the bottom corner from around 30 yards out, only to be denied by strong wrists from Welsh international Wayne Hennessey. Steve Mounié didn't help matters in this instance, as the Benin front-man blazed the rebound harmlessly over the bar on the follow-up from a tight angle.

The introduction of Andros Townsend aimed to liven the home side's spirits just that extra bit further at half-time; the winger made an almost immediate impact as the ex-England man squared a teasing ball into the paths of Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha, but neither individual could provide the touch which would've inevitably ended up in the host gaining somewhat of a foot-hold back in the contest.

Palace kept its foot on the gas; a busy Chris Löwe found himself covering superbly to deny Wilfried Zaha's glorious opportunity, before Jonas Lössl expressed his quality by denying a powerful Christian Benteke header direct from a corner.

Steve Mounié’s league debut had been one to cherish up to this point; and the summer acquisition from Montpellier had a golden chance to double his own personal tally minutes before that eventuality came to light.

Scott Dann got himself in a tangle before passing straight to a navy and pink shirt, which then saw Town's number 24 with a free passage to goal. Unfortunately, Timothy Fosu-Mensah managed to sprint back and atone for his defensive colleague's mistake to slide in and clear away for a corner; a chance that would've all but wrapped up Town's victory in the Capital.

Dann summed up his afternoon by blazing way over the target after finding himself in a decent amount of space; a major chance to halve the deficit, and as a result the home side would pay a heavy, heavy price.

Substitute Collin Quaner excelled down the Town right before coolly picking out an advancing Steve Mounié on the edge of the area, who in turn curled an absolute stunner past a helpless Wayne Hennessey in the Eagles' net to send the over 2,800 Town fans into absolute raptures in one corner of a hastily silenced Selhurst Park.

Frank de Boer's reign as Palace boss saw his side more than matched by a terrific Huddersfield Town outfit; nonetheless, Palace kept battling, but it's efforts were to no avail as big-money signing Christian Benteke headed wildly off target.

Town’s line-up:

Jonas Lössl; Chris Löwe, Christopher Schindler, Mathias Zanka, Tommy Smith (c) (Danny Williams, 56'); Philip Billing, Aaron Mooy; Tom Ince, Kasey Palmer (Collin Quaner, 70'), Elias Kachunga; Steve Mounié (Rajiv van La Parra, 85')

Unused substitutes:

Joel Coleman, Scott Malone, Laurent Depoitre, Michael Hefele

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