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13/05/2017 at 22:12


PREVIEW: Crystal Palace v Hull City (inc AUDIO)

Nothing less than three points will do. City's one and only victory on the Premier League road this season came in their very first encounter - away at Swansea City when winning 0-2 - but since then, 17 away games on, the Tigers have not gained another maximum. Now, in their final chance to break such a streak, can Marco Silva engineer his first away win in the English top flight? Simply put, he has to, given Swansea's victory at Sunderland on Saturday - or Hull City will be relegated. 

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Do or die in the capital...

There will be no Lazar Markovic for the match; the in form winger picked up an ankle injury last weekend that has curtailed his loan stint with the Tigers. Omar Ellabdellauoi has been passed fit and is in contention to take over right back duties from out of sorts Ahmed Elmohamady. The fact Silva has even pushed this fight to the penultimate weekend of the Premier League season is a minor miracle in itself, but the major miracle needed, is the prophecy coming to realisation that the Portuguese stated from day one here.

Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce has conveniently heaped all the pressure on Hull City, in a bid to wallpaper over the glaring cracks of an alarming loss of form for his side that has seen the Eagles lose their last three matches - and fail to score in any of them all at the same time. An injury crisis in the home defence means James Tomkins, Joel Ward and Scott Dann all need to be assessed, while further up the pitch Yohan Cabaye and Andros Townsend face late fitness tests.

Hear what Hull City fans had to say ahead of the game on Hull Kingston Radio 107.4FM as well as looking back at the Sunderland match, reflecting on the Player of the Season award, hearing the latest from Hull City Supporters Trust Chairman Geoff Bielby, manager Marco Silva looks ahead to the Palace match, plus the panel have their say too...

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