3. Zaha back to help Crystal Palace beat Huddersfield
Crystal Palace face a tough away trip to Huddersfield on Saturday in a game that they should fancy their chances of winning. What should help the Eagles is the return of their talisman, Wilfried Zaha, who missed their last match with groin injury.
Palace have a horrible record without Zaha, which shows the importance of the Ivory Coast international.
There’s no doubt he makes a difference to their side in terms of pace and attack but he also has the ability to produce something from nothing with his skill or to create more space for his teammates just by being marked himself.
Even though Roy Hodgson would much rather have Zaha in his side every week, the former England manager needs to figure out a more concrete way to play without him. If not, then Palace could once again be circling the drop this season due to the frequency of Zaha’s injuries.
The good news is Zaha is available this weekend and he should give his side a great chance to get their second win of the season. Huddersfield have managed two draws and two losses this season, but don’t look like the strongest side.
Much like Bournemouth have done, the Terriers will be looking just to stay up and keep building their team as a Premier League squad rather than yo-yo-ing between England’s top and second flight.
That means any points are good points as they aim for that crucial 40 mark. It’s perfectly possible against Crystal Palace, but Zaha will once again come to the rescue of his side and take them past the Terriers.