Preview: U23s vs Crystal Palace (a)
All you need to know ahead of Thursday afternoon's Professional Development League clash against the Eagles...
Fixture: Crystal Palace U23s vs Hull City U23s
Where: Selhurst Park
When: Thursday 19th April 2018
The Under-23s face their last assignment of the Professional Development League campaign this afternoon when they take on Crystal Palace (KO 2pm).
Jon Beale's side men visit Selhurst Park intent on rounding off the season on a positive note and head into the fixture on the back of a five-game unbeaten run in all competitions having bean Millwall 1-0 at the KCOM Stadium last time out.
The Tigers can put themselves in pole position to secure a third-place finish in the North table with a victory today, although they can still be overtaken by Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United in fourth and fifth respectively with both teams having games in hand.
Palace, meanwhile, secured the Professional Development South title earlier this month with three games still to play in the campaign, meaning the Eagles qualified for the end of season play-offs in pole position, securing a home tie against the runners-up of the northern section. Richard Shaw’s team have won 18 of their 27 games so far this campaign, and are currently on a five-game unbeaten run after beating Crewe Alexandra 4-0 earlier this week.
Live Stream: Crystal Palace are live streaming the fixture for free on the Eagles' official club app and Palace TV.
It will begin at 1.55pm and is available for all free members on desktop at eagles.cpfc.co.uk, or via the official club app which can be downloaded from the App Store or the Google Play Store.
Once downloaded, simply sign-up or log-in to your Free Membership/Palace TV account by following the instructions in the Palace TV section on the bottom menu. When on the Palace TV menu, click the ‘Live’ tab, then click the blue box.
Tickets: Adult tickets are priced at £5 with Concessions at just £1 (Over-65 and Under-18).
How They Fare: Crystal Palace U23s
League Position: 1st (Professional Development League South)
League Wins: 18
League Draws: 2
League Defeats: 7
League Goals Scored: 62
League Goals Conceded: 29
Form: W D W W W
Last Time Out: Crewe Alexandra 0 Crystal Palace 4
Palace celebrated clinching the Professional Development League South title by cruising to an easy victory against Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road, scoring twice in each half.
Richard Shaw’s side were already guaranteed top spot and a home berth in the play-offs which will ultimately determine the national champions, but they still put in an efficient display against the Railwaymen to remain unbeaten in their last five games and add to their impressive goal tally.
Goals from Nya Kirby and James Daly game the Eagles a two-goal lead at the break, which was made even more comfortable four minutes into the second half when Daly was brought down inside the area, and Jason Lokilo fired home from the resulting spot-kick and Kian Flanagan completed the scoring with a fourth goal from distance.
Crystal Palace: Tupper, Stabana, Bryon, Brown, Mitchell, McGregor, Kirby (Hungbo 45), Lokilo (Dreher 77), Flanagan, Lumeka, Daly (Street 85).
Subs Not Used: Funnell, Robertson.