My Team To Face Hull City


It’s the last home game of the season, it’s a game we can’t afford to lose and a game Hull City must win. Let’s not fuck around like verses Manchester City!

Let’s be honest, Hull is an awful place. It only has two things going for it. One is the Humber Bridge and the other is the road leading out of it so it will be enough just for their supporters to have a day out in London.

That aside, we’ll still need to be on out best form to get a result against them and knowing Palace we’ll concede an early goal and then make heavy weather of it.

Though injuries prohibit us from being able to field anywhere near our best team and it seems that after a few good performance our players are reverting to type, here is the team I’d pick for the game on Sunday.

My team to face Hull City

Formation: 4-4-1-1

Goalkeeper: Wayne Hennessey.
I’m not his biggest fan but it would be foolish to change goalkeepers at this stage. In an ideal world, were we to be already safe I’d have picked Speroni for a final game in front of the Holmesdale Fanatics.

Right Back: Joel Ward
There isn’t really any question about who will play at right back given our lack of fit defenders.

Centre Back (r): Martin Kelly
As with the right back spot, there isn’t really any choice of who to play.

Centre Back (l): Damien Delaney (C)
After the experiment at the Etihad of playing Jeffrey Schlupp at centre back I would revert to someone who knows what they are doing. Although he has come in for a lot of criticism recently, which mystifies me, Delaney bleeds red and blue and isn’t too bad in front of goal. He is arguably out biggest goal threat in the defence!

Left Back: Patrick van Aanholt
I decided to give the nod to van Aanholt over Schlupp because he is more of a full back and Schlupp is more of a wing back. Also, given that he has played in a Big Sam team playing for Premier League survival last season he might have a bit more experience so it won’t get to him.

Right Wing: Wilfred Zaha
I don’t think there is any need to explain this decision, is there?

Midfield (r): Luka Milivojevic
I don’t think there is any need to explain this decision, is there?

Midfield (l): James McArthur
McArthur had a poor game at Manchester City but hopefully that was down to fitness. We’ll need his box to box midfield engine to help Milivojevic in defence and Cabaye in attack.

Left Wing: Andros Townsend
I mulled over if I would play Jeffrey Schlupp on the left wing because he is better defenceively but decided we need to keep him back as cover.

Attacking Midfield: Yohan Cabaye
If fit in time, I’d pick Cabaye over Puncheon because he connects the defence and attack together better. Puncheon received the lowest rating of the season for a Premier League player on Saturday v Manchester City and hasn’t scored all season. Cabaye was on good form before his injury with a couple of goals and a couple of assists.

Attacker: Christian Benteke
I don’t think there is any need to explain this decision, is there? Given that we have the choice between Benteke, Remy and Campbell.

Substitutes: Julian Speroni, Jason Puncheon, Jeffrey Schlupp, Loic Remy, Frazier Campbell, Mathieu Flamini & Lee

As you can see, the bench is very attack minded but that is more as a result of a lack of defence minded players than anything else.

It’s who I’d go with, who would you pick?

Id even be happy with this chap scoring from the bench!

Frazier Campbell

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