Crystal Palace v Hull

Last updated : 10 December 2010 By BBC Sport

Crystal Palace have Owen Garvan back from suspension and are hoping Darren Ambrose can shake off his latest injury - a dead leg - in time to play.They have problems at the back as Paddy McCarthy (groin) is doubtful and on-loan Hull defender Anthony Gardner is not allowed to play against the Tigers.

Hull captain Ian Ashbee is set to return following an Achilles injury.

But Daniel Ayala (hamstring) is a doubt, while Craig Fagan, Caleb Folan and Jimmy Bullard are all sidelined.

MATCH PREVIEW

Struggling Crystal Palace remain in the bottom three and last Saturday's 2-1 loss at Leeds was the Eagles' fifth defeat in eight league games.

But they have been excellent at home of late, and a win this weekend would be their fourth consecutive victory at Selhurst Park - a feat they last achieved more than nine years ago.

It is more than 25 years since Hull won at Palace, but the Tigers' recent form means they can head to south London with some confidence.

Since being beaten at home by Humber rivals Scunthorpe, City have not lost in four matches and a victory on Saturday would take them five points clear of the relegation zone.

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

• Hull are unbeaten in their last four matches against Crystal Palace

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• The last two matches between them have ended in a 1-1 draw.

Crystal Palace

• Palace are averaging a point per game, having taken 20 points from 20 matches.

• They have only drawn two matches this season.

Hull

• Hull are one of only two teams yet to be awarded a penalty in the Championship this term.

• City have not lost a league game after scoring the first goal, and not won one after conceding the opener.

Source: BBC Sport

Source: BBC Sport