Team: Crystal Palace FC Year Formed: 1905 Nickname: The Eagles
Official Website: http://www.cpfc.co.uk
Stadium: Selhurst Park Capacity: 26,309
Manager: Ian Holloway
If Ian Holloway worked a miracle to get Blackpool promoted to the Premiership in 2010, Ollie positively walked on water to get Palace promoted last season.
He picked up the pieces with incredible ease, cunning and with no shortage of memorable quotes, which BBC Sport shared, following his appointment last November. Dougie Freedman had Palace playing superbly and had guided them into fourth before he resigned to take over at Bolton Wanderers.
Palace's fans were obviously worried that their high-flying team would plummet without the highly rated young manager. However, Holloway's capture from Blackpool, just two months after his 100th game with the club, proved a masterstroke.
Holloway is an incredibly attack-minded manager and does not believe in the philosophy of playing defensively and still losing. This outlook comes from his time in charge of Leicester City which he led to relegation from the Championship in 2008 with the league's second-best defensive record.
- Jerome Thomas: free transfer, West Brom
- Stephen Dobie: undisclosed, Brighton
- Dwight Gayle: Peterborough, £6 million
- Jose Gomez Campana: Sevilla, £1.7 million
- Kevin Phillips: free transfer, Blackpool
New Player to Watch: Dwight Gayle
It would be fair to say that Palace have pinned much of their hopes of Premiership survival on the 23-year-old shoulders of Dwight Gayle. The London-born striker was playing non-league football for Stansted in 2010, so his rise to the Premier League is meteoric to say the least.
Last season, he scored an impressive 13 goals in 29 games for Peterborough who were eventually relegated from the Championship.
Gayle is extremely raw, but possesses great pace and is deceivably strong. He will cause problems for some teams, but could suffer from a lack of service against settled Premiership sides.
Young Player to Look Out For: Jonny Williams
With over 40 appearances already under his belt and been capped by Wales at every level, 19-year-old Jonny Williams is just about ready to make his mark on the Palace team.
Williams is a classy midfielder and is most often compared to a young David Silva. According to the Daily Mirror, he is currently being tracked by a number of Premier League teams including Arsenal, Everton, Manchester City and Cardiff City.
He has also been tipped for a huge future in the game by current Welsh manager Chris Coleman who told BBC Sport he was exciting, a pleasure to work with and able to handle big occasions.
Cult Hero: Peter Ramage
Althought 39-year-old Kevin Phillips may have scored the all-important promotion-clinching goal, Peter Ramage is many fans' favorite at Palace. The ex-QPR right back was converted to center-back for much of last season and performed brilliantly.
He ended up playing 40 matches and scored four goals as Palace won promotion. Next season, he will be more than eager to line up against Newcastle United. The Magpies released him in 2008.
Matches to Watch Out For:
- August 17: Tottenham Hotspur (h)
- November 23: Hull (a)
- November 30: Norwich City (h)
Hardest Run of Fixtures:
The whole season...
To say that Palace have an extremely difficult campaign ahead would be to put it mildly.
Starting with Spurs on August 17, there is no letup in the difficulty of Palace's fixtures all season. If anything, their easiest run comes between November 2 and December 7 where they play West Bromwich Albion, Hull, Norwich, West Ham United and Cardiff.
To Win the EPL: 10000-1
To be Relegated: 4-9
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