Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Betting: Eagles set to maul newly promoted Terriers
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Frank de Boer's reign as Eagles manager should start with three points against David Wagner's Terriers who should find it tough going at Selhurst Park

The Premier League is back this weekend and Crystal Palace are strongly fancied to get off to a winning start, with Frank de Boer's men facing top flight newcomers Huddersfield Town in his first game.

De Boer is an interesting appointment for the Eagles, with the shock departure of former England boss Sam Allardyce allowing them to bring in a more exotic appointment.

A run of four successive Eredivisie titles with Ajax made De Boer's managerial name, but a short spell at Inter - he lasted only three months in Milan before being sacked - was a big hit to his reputation.

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But with the Terriers looking highly likely to return to the Championship despite David Wagner's canny leadership, a price of 5/6 (1.83) with dabblebet for Palace to beat Huddersfield should give punters a solid start to the campaign.

Palace have been quiet in the transfer market, but having ended last season with wins over the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool there was no need for a revolution at Selhurst Park.

Jairo Riedewald, who De Boer knows from his time at Ajax, is a solid upgrade in defence and midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has the pedigree to thrive with regular football in his loan spell from Chelsea.

The Dutchman should enjoy working with the likes of Wilfried Zaha, who kicked on a level last season and can become one of the Premier League's top wingers this term, while Yohan Cabaye is a high-class central midfield option.

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Christian Benteke guarantees goals in attack and handling the big Belgian is likely to be a rude awakening to life in the top-flight for Town, who are tasting Premier League action for the first time in the club's history.

There is a lot to like about Wagner but his squad looks to lack the quality required despite decent investment in the last couple of months. The 5/6 (1.83) on offer with dabblebet for Crystal Palace to beat Huddersfield is therefore great value this weekend.

Palace battered West Brom 4-0 in their last home game back in May and those seeking a slightly more ambitious price for their game against the Terriers could take the 2/1 (3.00) with dabblebet for Palace -1 on the handicap market, a bet that requires the Eagles to win by at least a two-goal margin.

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Crystal Palace

form

All
CRY 1 - 4 CHE
L
EVE 1 - 1 CRY
D
CRY 1 - 0 WBA
W
TOT 4 - 1 CRY
L
CRY 0 - 0 MUN
D
CRY 0 - 0 FUL
D
BHA 1 - 2 CRY
W
CRY 0 - 3 BRN
L
LEE 2 - 0 CRY
L
NEW 1 - 2 CRY
W
Huddersfield Town

form

All
HUD 0 - 0 ROT
D
NOR 7 - 0 HUD
L
HUD 1 - 1 BRE
D
SHW 1 - 1 HUD
D
QPR 0 - 1 HUD
W
HUD 0 - 0 CAR
D
HUD 1 - 1 BIR
D
PNE 3 - 0 HUD
L
DER 2 - 0 HUD
L
HUD 4 - 1 SWA
W
Head to Head
20 Matches (8 Draws)
6 Total wins 6
2 Home wins 4
4 Away wins 2
Last 5 Matches
4 Wins
0 Draw
1 Wins
CRY 2 - 0 HUD
HUD 0 - 1 CRY
HUD 0 - 2 CRY
CRY 1 - 0 HUD
CRY 0 - 3 HUD
6 Goals Scored 3
Games Over 2.5 Goals 1 / 5
Both Teams Scored 0 / 5
Team Comparison
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Player Comparison

Match Facts

  1. Huddersfield’s last top-flight match was in April 1972 and also away at Crystal Palace, when these two sides played out a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park.
  2. Palace have won just one of their last 12 competitive games against Huddersfield Town (W1 D7 L4).
  3. Crystal Palace have won only one of their last five opening day matches in the Premier League, losing three of the last four (W1 D1 L3).
  4. Frank de Boer will be the seventh different manager in nine seasons in the dugout for Crystal Palace on opening day in the Premier League (Steve Coppell, Alan Smith, Iain Dowie, Ian Holloway, Keith Millen and Alan Pardew).
  5. The Terriers’ last top-flight win was in November 1971 over Brian Clough’s Derby, enduring a 22-game winless run after that.
  6. No Huddersfield player has scored for the Terriers in their last 569 minutes of football, since Isaiah Brown scored against Wolves in April. Their only goal in their last five games was an own-goal scored by Sheffield Wednesday’s Tom Lees in the Championship play-offs.
  7. Both Frank de Boer and David Wagner will be taking charge of their first Premier League games in this match, only the second time in the last 13 seasons that two managers face one another in their maiden games, with the other occurrence coming on last season’s opening day between Claude Puel and Walter Mazzarri.
  8. Huddersfield full-back Tommy Smith registered 10 assists in the Championship last season, five more than any other defender; six of those assists were provided for striker Elias Kachunga.
  9. Palace winger Wilfried Zaha attempted 284 dribbles in the Premier League last season, 86 more than any other player.
  10. Since 2008-09, only four newly promoted sides have won on the opening day in the Premier League – but all, like Huddersfield, had won promotion via the play-offs; Hull in 2008 and 2016, Blackpool in 2010 and West Ham in 2012.
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