Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Town


In hindsight, De Boer had an impossible job on at Crystal Palace, and both the manager and club perhaps went into things a little naively.

The manager, 70, was beaten 1-0 by Southampton on Saturday in his first match in charge and, after Huddersfield, his team face Premier League matches against Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea. It's fine to do those things, and who wouldn't do that?

"Pleased with the win and very pleased with the first half performance - that was really good", he said. "I didn't say I'm a local boy". 'Going forward, I'll have a much better idea of the playing personnel.

Reacting to De Boer's departure on Match of the Day, Alan Shearer believes the board failed to do their research before hiring the former Ajax and Inter Milan manager.

"But I still think we will be OK and we'll work to be OK. To give someone four games is incredible".

'I'll have a chance on Tuesday to see a few more (players),' said Hodgson, who last week signed a two-year contract at Palace, 14 months after resigning from his post with England.

"It's the one we had most time for and possibly nearly agonising over it too much and it became nearly muddled thinking".

Alternatively, you can back the Londoners to come out on top for the first time this season at the Etihad Stadium or Old Trafford at 14/1 (15.0) each, whilst, if they lose those, a win at home to the Blues can be backed at 6/1 (7.0) . "The leagues are very different and maybe what Frank thought he could achieve in a short space of time wasn't going to happen".

As the second half progressed Huddersfield enjoyed greater spells of possession but the hosts' newly-organised defence - demonstrating Hodgson's influence - refused to be stretched in the final third.