Formed: 1905 Manager: Alan Pardew Stadium: Selhurst Park Capacity: 26,255 Years in Premier League: 6 Last 3 seasons: 2014-15: 10th 2013-14: 11th 2012-13: 5th (Championship) Best finish: 10th (2014-15) Opening day fixture: Norwich City (A), Aug 8 Last day fixture: Southampton (A), May 15
This season’s aim:
After achieving their best-ever finish to a Premier League campaign last season, Crystal Palace will move heaven and earth just to improve upon last term and gain a sniff of European football this year. Since taking charge back in the New Year, manager Alan Pardew has reinvented, rejuvenated and overseen 12 victories from his opening 21 games in charge of the Eagles since succeeding Tony Pulis. The former Newcastle United boss has instigated a move to bring back France international Yohan Cabaye to the Premier League and added Chelsea’s highly-rated striker Patrick Bamford and Sunderland’s Connor Wickham to his strike force. With a real sense of optimism surrounding the club’s supporters during pre-season, Palace should be regarding last season’s tenth-placed finish as a minimum target this campaign.
Yohan Cabaye (Paris Saint-Germain), Patrick Bamford (Chelsea), Connor Wickham (Sunderland), Bakary Sako (Wolves)
Lewis Price (Released), Owen Garvan (Released), Peter Ramage (Released), Stephen Dobbie (Released), Jerome Thomas (Released)
Star Player: Yannick Bolasie
Yannick Bolasie was at the centre of Crystal Palace’s best ever Premier League finish last term; providing 11 assists and scoring four goals in 35 appearances in all competitions for the Eagles last season. The dynamic winger starred for Palace under boss Alan Pardew’s supervision during the second-half of last season, alerting the likes of top-flight rivals Liverpool and Tottenham. The Democratic Republic of the Congo international scored his first Premier League goal against Everton last September, before completing an extraordinary 11-minute hat-trick against Sunderland back in April. After fending off interest throughout the summer window, Bolasie is a big part of Pardew’s plans at Palace.
Shoot’s Palace blogger: Danielle Lowe
Blogger’s view: “Everyone involved at Crystal Palace are setting their sights high aiming for a solid top half finish this season. As a team that have battled for the last couple of seasons to avoid relegation before pulling all the tricks out the bag to finish mid-table everybody is a little nervous about how the club will get going. With club hero Alan Pardew still waving his arms in the technical area there is an atmosphere of optimism and belief. After splashing the cash and bringing in a few big names over the summer break it is a sign the club mean business. There are some calling to finish in European spot whilst others worry it would damage the club next year. One thing is for certain, despite the odd injury and calls for a new centre back being screamed from the stands, a top-10 finish is safely on the cards.”
Blogger’s key man: Yannick Bolasie
Shoot Says: Top-10 finish