Crystal Palace come into this campaign on the back of a slightly disappointing campaign, finishing in 14th place.

Given the personnel in their squad it was expected they would make a push for the top ten, they missed out by four points.

In truth they spent much of the season battling relegation, without Sam Allardyce they looked serious contenders for the drop.

His shock retirement during the summer meant that Palace ended up appointing Frank de Boer as their third manager in less than 12 months.

The former Inter Milan and Ajax manager has plenty of pedigree, and the owners will be hoping he will be able to take them up to the next level.

Premier League

Palace's opening fixture of this brand new Premier League campaign is against newly promoted Huddersfield on Saturday 12th August, at the Amex Stadium.

Their next four fixtures are:

 

Liverpool (A) 19th August

Swansea (H) 26th August

Burnley (A) 10th September

Southampton (H) 16th September

 

This is a good set of opening fixtures for the Eagles, with an opening fixture against newly promoted Huddersfield one of the easiest they could have hoped for.

Frank de Boer's side will be confident of securing points in three of their opening five fixtures, with Huddersfield, Swansea and Burnley all winnable.

Matches against Liverpool and Southampton will be sterner challenges, but with a few defensive reinforcements, they are also winnable.

Palace registered 12 wins during their last campaign ending the season with 41 points, a poor season given their squad depth.

This season wasn't an overall improvement on the 2015/16 campaign, where they won 11 matches and registered 42 points, but finished in 15th place.

Those finishes prove that Crystal Palace have been on the verge of relegation in the last two campaigns, something must change.

Cup Football

As well as consolidating their position in the Premier League, Palace should be looking for a successful cup run as well.

They lost out to fellow Premier League side Southampton in last years EFL Cup, losing to the eventual runners up.

Palace managed to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup, losing to Manchester City 3-0.

This is easily an area for improvement, but they will be concentrating on improving their Premier League position.

Transfer Activity

Crystal Palace's main aim will be to hold onto their key players as well as adding some defensive quality to their side.

They have real quality in the forward areas but defensively they have made some high profile errors and it has cost them dearly.

Frank de Boer has already raided former club Ajax for Jairo Riedewald, with the young Dutch defender joining his former manager.

Steve Mandanda has moved back to France to Marseille, it is questionable what impact this will have on Palace.

 

Transfers In: Jairo Riedewald (Ajax)

Transfers Out: Mandanda (Marseille)

One To Watch

Christian Benteke is the one to watch for Crystal Palace this season.

The Belgian has decided to stay at Palace, and along with Wilfried Zaha will be crucial to Palace's chances of progressing.

Benteke choosing to stay is an excellent sign of Palace's ambition, with de Boer key to that.

Their defence was their weak point last season, but if de Boer can keep it tight at the back then Benteke has the firepower needed to take Palace to the next level.

Betting Tips

To win the 17/18 Premier League outright @ 750/1

A Top Ten Finish @ 11/4

To win the Carabao Cup 17/18 @ 33/1

To win the FA Cup 17/18 @ 33/1

 

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