Selhurst Park, Saturday 3.00pm
Wilfried Zaha will serve the first of a three game suspension after his red card against Burnley last Saturday.
Defender Paul McShane is ineligible to play under the terms of his loan from parent club Hull. Anthony Gardner (ankle) and Nathaniel Clyne (knee) are both doubts. David Wright could start after recovering from his recent calf injury.
Hull#s on-loan winger Robbie Brady is struggling with a thigh injury, so Josh King or Aaron Mclean will step in if required.
"That is now eight games unbeaten and we are in good form at the moment – we have now been to some tough places and got results. I am delighted with how the team have reacted since the Carling Cup defeat, we haven't lost and that just shows the character we have within the current squad at the moment.
"Hull under Nicky (Barmby) started well, but have had a little blip (although, they won 3-0 at Cardiff on Tuesday evening) and it will be a tough game. They will make it difficult for us, although I just feel if we can start well, we can do well.
"However, we are at home and our form is good, so we are looking forward to the matches. We have nothing to fear – recently we have played some of the better teams at their grounds and more than held our own.
"Although we have drawn a lot recently, if you look at the detail of the games, you can see we are moving in the right direction and could have won the matches.
"We know going forward, we need to start turning these draws into wins, but the performances have been good and we will keep on working hard as a team to progress."
"We are doing well at the moment, playing some good football and are unbeaten in eight games. It would have been nice to turn the draws into wins, but they were difficult games at Coventry and Burnley.
"The manager has a winning mentality, he had that as a player, and he has installed that in the team since taking over. We know as a team that if we start sloppy then, in this league, you make it very hard for yourself. We got back to basics and I think that showed in our performance in the last 15 minutes of the first half.
"I am really enjoying my football at Crystal Palace and I am getting back on the goalscoring trail, which is good. We just need to put a run together and, with seven of our last 11 games at home, it is possible.
"Looking ahead, if we can keep the squad together and make a few additions, we will be looking strong for next season."
"We know our team and people can try and second guess that, but I know whoever plays will go out to try and win a game for us and give their all for us.
"I'm not worried about changing the team or frightened to do that. You don't want a player thinking his place is a given week-in, week-out, you want competition for places as it makes you better. It keeps everyone on their toes, because that is what you want.
"It's not a given, but I am sure some people think it is because of the result on Tuesday. There is no thought in our squad that it is going to be easy.
"Palace are a good side and they are a well- drilled team full of good players. It's a difficult game for us and a great challenge for us again."
|Date||Type||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|20/08/2011||League||Hull City||0 - 1||Crystal Palace|
|30/04/2011||League||Hull City||1 - 1||Crystal Palace|
|11/12/2010||League||Crystal Palace||0 - 0||Hull City|
|26/04/2008||League||Hull City||2 - 1||Crystal Palace|
|06/10/2007||League||Crystal Palace||1 - 1||Hull City|
Palace 4-2 Hull City
Tuesday March 05 2013
Palace: Speroni, Ramage, Moxey, Delaney, Williams (Parr, 65), Dikgacoi, Butterfield (Dobbie, 78), Jedinak, Phillips (Bolasie, 74), Murray, Zaha
Subs not used: Moritz, Price, Marrow, Wilbraham
Goals: Phillips (pen 45, 52, 53), Zaha (77)
Hull City: Stockdale, Bruce, Hobbs, Chester (McShane, 59), Quinn (Fathi, 69), Koren (Simpson, 69), Elmohamady, Meyler, Boyd, Gedo, Brady
Subs not used: Evans, Proschwitz, Faye, Jakupovic
Goals: Simpson (73), Meyler (90)
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