Build-Up To The New Season – Crystal Palace

Team: Crystal Palace

Nickname: Eagles

Founded: 1905

Manager: Frank de Boer

Stadium Name: Selhurst Park

Stadium Capacity: 25,456

Major Honours: (2) Second Division, (1) Third Division

Main Rivals: Brighton, Millwall, Charlton

Biggest Win v Brighton: 6-0 (February 1950)

Biggest Defeat v Brighton: 5-0 (January 1956)

Last Meeting: Brighton 0-2 Crystal Palace (13/5/13)

When Do They Play Brighton: Tuesday 28th November (AMEX Stadium), Saturday 14th April (Selhurst Park)

 

Players To Watch:

Goalkeeper: Wayne Hennessey 

Defender: Patrick van Aanholt

Midfielder: Wilfried Zaha

Striker: Christian Benteke

 

After smashing their transfer record to bring Benteke to South London, Palace were looking to set their sights on a top 10 finish; it was looking pretty good up to matchday 7, until a run of 6 straight defeats saw them plummet from 8th to 17th. 1 win in their next 9 saw them in the relegation places at the end of January, and fearing the worst, but 5 wins in their next 7 helped them clamber out of the drop zone, and with a good enough end to the season they managed to secure 14th spot.

 

Last Season’s Finish: 14th

Predicted Finish; 15th

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