Crystal Palace vs Huddersfield

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Huddersfield full-back Tommy Smith registered 10 assists in the Championship last season, five more than any other defender; six of those assists were provided for striker Elias Kachunga. This team did not look impressive but did enough to get the spot in the Premier League.

"We said last season very often, over a long, long time, it's unrealistic for Huddersfield Town to be in the Premier League".

Tom Ince, the only player in the Huddersfield starting XI with Premier League experience, saw a right-wing cross fall to him inside two minutes, but could only direct his half-volley straight at Wayne Hennessey.

"The pundits are there to voice their opinion, this is obviously their opinion, as it was last season". "Let's just focus on our performance, which was good, and the result was excellent".

De Boer's appointment may signal a change in philosophy as the Dutch manager has already made his player development intentions known in the transfer market.

"I'm very happy that Mark is becoming part of my back-room staff", Wagner said on Tuesday.

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Jairo Riedewald, who De Boer knows from his time at Ajax, is a solid upgrade in defence and midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has the pedigree to thrive with regular football in his loan spell from Chelsea.

"I am looking forward to having the opportunity to play with the number of talented ball players that are already in this squad at the club".

Huddersfield's last top-flight match was in April 1972 and also away at Crystal Palace, when these two sides played out a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park.

Since 2008-09, only four newly promoted sides have won on the opening day in the Premier League - but all, like Huddersfield, had won promotion via the play-offs; Hull in 2008 and 2016, Blackpool in 2010 and West Ham in 2012.

Hudson also won promotion to the Premier League with Crystal Palace and Cardiff City and played almost 500 games in his 18-year career.

Ahead of his sides' opening fixture, the Dutchmen insists that he doesn't feel the need to prove a point to anyone despite moving to a new league.

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