Crystal Palace v Hull 20:00
Crystal Palace moved out of the relegation zone in their last Premier League fixture, defeating Stoke 1-0. That was Palace’s fourth clean sheet in the nine games since Pulis took charge, a record bettered only by Arsenal.
Jason Puncheon deserves credit for keeping his confidence up despite his penalty miss against Spurs, and scored the winner against Stoke. Puncheon has had 30 shots at goal this season, returning two goals and getting 46.67% on target. That’s almost twice as many shots at goal as his nearest team mate, Cameron Jerome, who has had 18 shots at goal.
Mile Jedinak continues to hold his position as the player in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index to have won the most tackles this season, with 77. However, both Claudio Yacob and Lucas Leiva are challenging him having won 76 each, although Jedinak has the best percentage won rating with 75.5%.
Julian Speroni has mentioned in recent interviews his hope to make the Argentina squad for the World Cup, and he’s certainly going the right way about it. Speroni has made 60 saves this season and 30 clearances.
Hull City lost 1-0 to Norwich in their last outing, making it three successive defeats since they beat Fulham 6-0.
Maynor Figueroa did his best to cancel out Norwich’s attacking threat, making 8 interceptions, more than any other player in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index
That took Figueroa’s interceptions for the season to 59, the fourth highest in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. He’s now five ahead of team mate Curtis Davies, who has made 54 and is ranked fifth.
Tom Huddlestone hit the headlines a few weeks ago, as his first goal for the Tigers meant that he could finally cut his hair after 32 months letting it grow. It’s clear that he hasn’t lost his Samsonite passing ability, as the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows that he completed a pass in the opposition half at an impressive rate of a pass every 4 minutes.
Since moving to the KC Stadium in 2011 Liam Rosenior has become somewhat synonymous with the club, racking up a total of 116 appearances. So far this season, Rosenior has appeared in 14 of Hull’s 22 fixtures and if he continues to perform like he did against Norwich, he should expect to feature in many more. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows that he won a staggering 7 out of 8 challenges against Norwich – only Nabil Bentaleb won more tackles in this round of Premier League fixtures.