Crystal Palace 2017/18

Crystal Palace were in big trouble when Alan Pardew got the sack last season. Thankfully for Eagles fans, the club’s top flight status was secured by Sam Allardyce who added steel and quality to the team.

However, Allardyce shocked Palace and most of football by announcing that he was retiring from management over the summer.

 

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That left the Crystal Palace board with a big decision to make. They could stick with someone similar in style to Allardyce to ensure that they would remain in the top flight or they could replace him with a man who preferred a more attractive style of play but would be a bit more of a gamble.

They went with the latter option and now Frank de Boer has to take a team squad that has been cobbled together by multiple managers and somehow get them to play a coherent style of football.

That’s a very big task, especially in the Premier League and Palace fans could find that their team are fighting the drop once again come April/May time.

It’s not immediately clear whether simply avoiding relegation is the aim for Palace this season. In Wilfried Zaha, Christian Benteke and others they have players capable of aiming much higher. The question is whether they will be let down by their weak links and the desire to radically alter their playing philosophy on the pitch.

Squad List

  • Wayne Hennessey
  • Julian Speroni
  • Joel Ward
  • Patrick van Aanholt
  • James Tomkins
  • Scott Dann
  • Pape Souare
  • Damien Delaney
  • Jeffrey Schlupp
  • Martin Kelly
  • Jairo Riedewald
  • Yohan Cabaye
  • Ruben Loftus-Cheek
  • Chung-Yong Lee
  • James McArthur
  • Jonny Williams
  • Bakary Sako
  • Luka Milivojevic
  • Michael Phillips
  • Aaron Wan-Bissaka
  • Nya Kirby
  • Jordon Mutch
  • Wilfried Zaha
  • Christian Benteke
  • Connor Wickham
  • Keshi Anderson
  • Freddie Ladapo

Season Predictions

Clubs like Crystal Palace are effectively playing in a league within a league. There is no chance of the Eagles breaking into the top six (this season at least) and they should find at least three teams are worse than them after 38 games.

That leaves them alongside the bulk of the league, fighting it out to be the best of the rest.

Other clubs of Palace’s stature have made steps forward in the summer while there is more of a question mark about how well de Boer and Palace will take to the new season.

They should have enough quality to secure 40 points but it doesn’t look like this will be a vintage season for the Selhurst Park faithful.

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Crystal Palace to finish higher than Stoke at 6/4 with Betfair

Crystal Palace to finish with between 41 to 43 points at 4/1 with Bet365