On Monday night, we journey across the capital to face Crystal Palace in a bid to secure back-to-back wins at the start of the season for both teams.

Roy Hodgson’s Eagles kicked off their campaign with a victory against Sheffield United, but their recent track record against us has been less than favorable, with just one win from their last eight encounters and losses in both meetings last season.

Our success in London derbies during the 2022/23 season, a total of 10 wins, set a new English league record. As we head to SE25 for our first away match of the season, we aim to maintain our derby day dominance.

Roy Hodgson’s Return Yields Results
Crystal Palace players celebrate a goal
Hodgson’s return to Palace in March to salvage their position in the league raised eyebrows, but his efforts bore fruit as the team won five and drew three of the 10 matches under his guidance, finishing in a commendable 11th place.

During this period, Palace remained undefeated at home. Notably, Hodgson’s tactical approach shifted from his usual pragmatism, with his team now averaging 15.7 shots per game, a significant increase from the five they were averaging under Patrick Vieira. Their recent victory against Sheffield United saw them record 24 shots.

Despite the departure of key players such as Wilfried Zaha, Luka Milivojevic, James McArthur, and Jack Butland, Palace made significant signings in the summer transfer window. A notable addition is £17 million acquisition Matheus Franca from Flamengo, along with the arrival of Jefferson Lerma from Bournemouth after his contract expired. Additionally, Palace secured Michael Olise’s commitment by extending his contract, a move that undoubtedly pleased Hodgson as Olise rejected offers from Chelsea.

By- Sahiba Suri

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