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Premier League - Football: Crystal Palace season preview

22 August 2022 10:53:21 EST
Patrick Vieira enjoyed a fine first season in charge of Crystal Palace

After finishing 12th in the Premier League last season, Crystal Palace will hope to step up another level and record a top-ten finish under boss Patrick Vieira.

With the Frenchman unproven as a manager in the Premier League, the jury was out on Palace ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.

After Roy Hodgson's departure, Palace gave Vieira the tools he needed to compete, and the arrivals of Marc Guehi, Joachim Andersen, Odsonne Edouard and Michael Olise gave them a new style of play.

Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher arrived on loan and the help Palace's squad defy expectations as they comfortably finished in mid-table.

The Eagles are 2.62 to finish in the top half this year, something they have not done since the 2014/15 campaign.

What

England Premier League 2022/23

Where

England

When5th August 2022 - 28th May 2023
How to watch

Selected matches broadcast on Sky, BT Sport and Amazon Prime

OddsManchester City 1.25, Liverpool 11.00, Tottenham 34.00, Chelsea 34.00, Manchester United 51.00

Where did Crystal Palace finish last season?

12th

What are Crystal Palace's hopes for the season?

After finishing 13 points above the bottom three last season, Palace will hope they can enjoy another worry-free campaign.

Most of the Eagles' fans will settle for another mid-table finish as long as they look like they are making progress under Vieira.

Palace's fanbase are used to seeing their team finish in mid-table, but there's no reason why they cannot enjoy another solid run in the FA Cup.

Vieira's men reached the semi-finals last time out, while they are 26.00 to win the EFL Cup this season.

Who are Crystal Palace's opening opponents?

Palace will take part in the first game of the 2022/23 campaign as they host Arsenal on Friday 5th August.

The tie promises to be a memorable affair for Vieira, who faces his former club, and the Eagles are 4.50 to pick up the three points. The draw is 3.60, while the Gunners are 1.80 to leave Selhurst Park with a victory.

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When are Crystal Palace's key fixtures?

Palace face a tricky start to the new campaign, as they take on three potential title challengers before the end of August.

After the clash with Arsenal, they tackle Liverpool, Aston Villa and Manchester City, while they end August at home to Brentford.

The first 'M23 Derby' will take place on Saturday 17th September, as Brighton host the Eagles at the Amex Stadium.

Their final game before the World Cup break takes place on Saturday 12th November, when they travel to face Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.

The Premier League resumes on Boxing Day, with Palace hosting Fulham at Selhurst Park, while their second clash against Brighton will take place in February, before they end the campaign against Forest on Sunday 28th May.

Who is Crystal Palace's manager?

Vieira is still making a name for himself as a manager in the Premier League, but he did a fine job during his debut campaign.

The 46-year-old needs no introduction to the league overall, having made over 300 appearances for Arsenal and Manchester City during his playing career.

As a coach, he has enjoyed spells at New York City FC, Nice and Palace, and if last season is anything to go by, the future is bright at Selhurst Park.

So far at Palace, he has used more proactive tactics, whereas under Hodgson the Eagles were a counter-attacking team. With his side easier on the eye, Vieira will hope to kick on over the next few months in the capital.

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What players have Crystal Palace signed?

Cheick Doucoure (Lens)
Chris Richards (Bayern Munich)
Sam Johnstone (West Brom)
Malcolm Ebiowei (Derby)

Which players have left Crystal Palace?

Martin Kelly (Released)
Jaroslaw Jach (Released)
Luke Dreher (Released)
Rian Jamai (Released)
Kanye Jobson (Released)
Nya Kirby (Released)
Joseph Ling (Released)
Sean Robertson (Released)
Sion Spence (Released)
Aidan Steele (Released)
James Taylor (Released)
Dylan Thiselton (Released)
Reece Hannam (Bromley) Loan
Remi Matthews (St Johnstone) Loan
Tayo Adaramola (Coventry) Loan
Christian Benteke (DC United)
Scott Banks (Bradford) Loan

Who are Crystal Palace's key players?

Star player

Wilfried Zaha

Potential top scorer

Wilfried Zaha

Set-piece king

Eberechi Eze

Exciting youngster

Michael Olise

As they have done for several years, Palace will rely heavily on Zaha in the final third. The Ivory Coast international is as big as 126.00 to win the top goalscorer award, but he will fancy his chances of netting double figures this season.

With Luka Milivojevic no longer guaranteed first-team football, the Eagles need a new free-kick taker, a role that Eberechi Eze will no doubt put his name forward for.

He and Michael Olise missed large chunks of last season through injury and Palace fans will hope to see the best of them in the coming months.

Vieira will also lean heavily on some of the more senior members of his squad, including goalkeeper Vicente Guaita.

The 35-year-old is likely to keep new signing Sam Johnstone out of the team, meaning former England international Jack Butland will need to accept being the third-choice keeper.

Andersen and Guehi's partnership at the back will be crucial to Palace's chances of finishing in the top half, while they will also expect big things from new man Doucoure.

Apart from Zaha, Palace will hope Jean-Philippe Mateta, Edouard, Jordan Ayew and Christian Benteke can chip in with some goals, with Vieira more than willing to make changes in the final third last season.

Which of Crystal Palace's players will be going to the World Cup?

Like many other Premier League clubs, Palace have a host of players who are likely to make an appearance at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Benteke will fancy his chances of making Belgium's squad, while Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand has his eye on Andersen.

Cheikhou Kouyate and Ayew are likely to play for Senegal and Ghana, while Guehi could sneak into England's squad under Gareth Southgate.

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