Year Formed

1905

Stadium

Selhurst Park

Capacity

26,309
 

Last 10 years league finishing positions

 
 

Best Season

2012/13

The Glaziers have now maintained a Premier League place for an unprecedented three seasons in a row. It started in Championship season 2012/13, going 14 games undefeated after their first three matches. Despite a nervous run home, losing four of their last nine games, they finished fifth and ensured a place in the 2013/14 Premier League at the playoffs, with an aggregate win against Brighton & Hove Albion in a two-legged tie and Watford in the final.

 

How they fared last season

The worst finishing place of the past three Premier League seasons and under Alan Pardew’s reign, but they still managed to make the FA Cup final – only losing to Manchester United 2-1 after extra time. Managing only 11 wins in 38 games, the South Londoners only managed two more league wins after just their 17th game of the season.

39
number of goals
scored last season
51
number of goals
conceded last season
2
red cards
60
yellow cards
 

Team Strengths

Domestic cup matches may not be so coveted these days, but Crystal Palace still made it to extra time of the FA Cup final and could even have claimed the trophy.

Halfway through last season, a place in one of Europe’s elite competitions looked to be on the cards.

The Eagles started 2015/16 in decent fashion and only lost six games by the midway point.

With the majority of losses against teams in the top six, Crystal Place will look to use the ability of new signing Andros Townsend from Newcastle United. The winger who plays as an attacking midfielder can provide the service that Crystal Palace need going forward.

Defensively the South Londoners came 10th in least goals conceded with 51 and can shut down the opposition efficiently when on form.

 

Weaknesses

Though it may sound like a strength, Crystal Palace relied heavily on set-pieces for their goals, and Pardew’s men struggled to efficiently convert open play chances when on the counter.

Currently looking for a new striker after the departures of Dwight Gayle and Emmanuel Adebayor, their 39-goal tally last season is a potential relegation zone haul, and indicative of the lack of effectiveness in their attack.

Last season the top goalscorers were four players on five goals each (Yannick Bolasie, Yohan Cabaye, Scott Dann and Connor Wickham).

With the season fast approaching, Pardew needs to make some big decisions on forwards and goalscoring midfielders if they are to have any real impact.

 

Formation

With no real consistent striker up front, the reliance remains on set piece opportunities and their midfield. They need goals badly – and that means signing a new striker to provide them.

 

Star Player

Winger Wilfried Zaha took out the club’s Player of the Year award at the end of the season, and was unlucky not to get picked for England’s Euro 2016 squad after a stellar season with the Eagles.

The 23-year-old made 30 starts in 34 matches last season with 43 appearances in all competitions, contributing two FA Cup winners against Southampton and Stoke City.

Zaha will look to replicate his good form and Crystal Palace may well struggle to keep him if he keeps on improving.

 

Alan Pardew

Manager

Taking over at the beginning of 2015, Pardew recently extended his contract with the Eagles amid speculation Pardew could replace recently resigned England manager, Roy Hodgson.

Despite a previously torrid rollercoaster managerial career, most recently with Newcastle United, Pardew has redeemed himself at Palace and will be keen to build on his current achievements.

After a season and a half, the 54-year-old has so far won more games than he has lost at the club.